Today we’re thrilled to announce that 100Kin10 has elevated Grace Doramus to serve as our first Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she will lead the organization’s efforts to take a nimble approach in shaping how 100Kin10 catalyzes long-term, systemic change against the grand challenges facing STEM education.
Over the past six years, we have together accomplished much, including training 40,000 STEM teachers in the first five years of the effort and supporting tens of thousands more. Looking ahead, our partners have committed to preparing the full 100,000 by 2021, putting us on track to reach our big moonshot goal within the ten-year timeframe.
But these successes are not enough for our network. Together we are doing fantastic work with teachers around the country – but are we really changing the long-term outlooks for teachers and students 5, 10, 20+ years down the road? Are we solving the root of the problems we see, or are we just addressing the here and now of the need at hand?
In response to these questions, and recognizing the need and hunger to drive sustainable impact, we set out alongside our network to map the grand challenges facing STEM teaching, releasing them in July of this year. Our best-in-class partners have already started digging deep into the challenges alongside us in collaborative and impactful ways. Now, we are eager to build on this powerful work, capitalizing on the promise of this singular system map and supporting partners and others around the country to begin to push the needle against the root of these challenges and incite lasting change.
We knew we would need a dedicated team and overarching framework to begin tackling this charge. And so, we are building out a Strategic Initiatives Team to help us respond to these needs, with Grace at the helm. Over the coming years, the Strategic Initiatives Team will operate as a nimble innovation hub, enabling us to experiment with new and different ways of mobilizing action against the challenges and to begin to answer the tough questions about how a network hub can ignite lasting change. These questions include: How can we catalyze longer-term and more holistic change? How can we enable our partners and other organizations to get at the root of a problem? What exactly is the change we want to see?
Grace brings her own background as a special education teacher and her deep institutional knowledge of 100Kin10 to the table. Grace joined 100Kin10 in October 2011 and has been an integral part of nearly all aspects of our work since: developing the grand challenges analysis, helping to design and distribute our Annual Partner Survey, and stewarding partners as they collaborate through our Solution Labs. Before serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Grace served in several capacities at 100Kin10, including as Chief of Staff, a role in which she led key projects and supported initiatives both long-term and strategic as well as kept the train on the tracks day-to-day. In other words, it’s hard to imagine anyone better suited or more well-qualified to lead 100Kin10 in this new venture.
Grace is looking forward to delving into this work. She will be working closely with the entire 100Kin10 team and with partners to understand how 100Kin10 can best catalyze progress as the hub of this diverse and impressive network – and how together we can help realize our shared goals and work toward systemic change.