Solutions to the STEM teacher shortage

March 17, 2018

The Network features a piece on how the 100Kin10 network is attracting, training, and retaining STEM teachers:

“It’s a question of increasing urgency: How to attract enough students to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and meet the skyrocketing demand for jobs in those fields. In computer science alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics foresees 1.4 million CS-related jobs available by 2020—and just 400,000 college graduates with the requisite background for those positions.

"Everything from fighting climate change to treating diseases—all these things require STEM skills,” says Talia Milgrom-Elcott, founder and executive director of 100Kin10. “And we don’t have the people needed to fill the demand.”

But that’s only part of the problem. Increasing that pool of STEM-savvy workers means having a sufficient population of educators capable of imparting the necessary, relevant knowledge. But there’s also a too-small number of qualified instructors able to teach those subjects.

With that in mind, a variety of organizations have started introducing or expanding programs to attract, train and retain STEM teachers. Their approaches differ, from tapping established educators specializing in other subjects to steering undergraduates studying STEM to teaching. But they all have a similar goal. “We want teachers in classrooms who can teach kids the skills that are part of the problem-solving set needed to meet all of the most important challenges of the 21rst century,” says Milgrom-Elcott.“

Read the full piece here.