STEM ed network grows in 'final push' to meet 2021 goal

September 5, 2019

100Kin10 — a nonprofit network that includes school districts, teacher preparation programs, foundations and businesses — will also work with new funding partners including the Grable Foundation, Infosys and the College Football Playoff tournament to make its “final push” toward the goal, according to a statement from Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott.

Teacher bonuses, scholarships, loan forgiveness programs for teachers and professional development are some of the strategies that will be implemented to recruit and retain STEM educators.

The same strategies are also among those highlighted in a report last year from the Learning Policy Institute on effective ways to fill teacher vacancies. The authors wrote that states need a “multipronged approach.”

Even with over 68,000 STEM teachers trained through the network since former President Barack Obama issued the challenge in his 2011 State of the Union address, the demand for teachers in the STEM subject areas of science, technology, engineering and math continues.

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