FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2019

Contact: Maria Mejia, 510-763-2444 x108, mmejia@childrennow.org

 

The California STEM Network Announced as New 100Kin10 Partner Ahead of Network Exceeding Goal of Training 100,000 New STEM Teachers by 2021

 

 The California STEM Network among more than 40 new partners that will become part of the STEM education network

 

Oakland, CA – 100Kin10, a national organization dedicated to solving the STEM teacher shortage by 2021, announced today that the California STEM Network joins 40 other new programmatic partners in its ranks this year. In addition to the California STEM Network, new partners include Chicago Public Schools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers, among others.

This is the seventh and final cohort of partners for 100Kin10 during its first 10 years. The organization launched in 2011 as an answer to President Obama’s call during his 2011 State of the Union address to train 100,000 new STEM teachers in a decade. 100Kin10 is on track to exceed their goal of training 100,000 teachers by 2021, with more than 68,000 teachers currently trained.

“We’re thrilled to partner with 100kin10 to ensure high-quality STEM instruction is a core element of every child’s education. It’s incredibly important that we address the systemic challenges that are standing in the way of every kid receiving the STEM education they deserve. Currently, California is facing a severe shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers that threatens the future workforce and economic well-being of the state. It is projected that our state will have a shortage of 33,000 teachers in mathematics and science over the next decade and that current approaches to recruitment and preparation will be inadequate to meet the demand for these new teachers.” Said Vincent Stewart, executive director of the California STEM Network.

The final round of growth specifically focuses on 100Kin10’s latest project: tackling what they’ve identified as the root causes of the STEM teacher shortage. If solved, these ‘catalysts’ – which include bonuses, scholarships or loan forgiveness for STEM teachers, increasing professional development and state tracking of STEM teacher supply and demand – would more sustainably end the teacher shortage.

“This final group, including the California STEM Network, is a welcome addition as we enter our final push in achieving our goal and look toward the future in solving systemic issues around the teacher shortage in America,” said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, 100Kin10’s executive director. “Each organization is doing incredible, inspiring work to build the movement for better, bolder and more accessible STEM education. We’re thrilled to have them as our newest partners in collaboration, learning and continuous improvement to creatively solve the STEM teacher crisis.”

Existing partners and an expert panel vetted and selected the 41 new partners, who will join a network of more than 280 current partners that includes the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies. All partners register their commitments to ending the STEM teacher shortage through 100Kin10 and support one another to achieve those commitments by exchanging expertise, learning and resources.

In addition to the 41 accepted programmatic organizations, 100Kin10 is inviting 16 other organizations to join as “allies” of the network. This is a new opportunity to connect with and share in the learning life of the network to reach its goal.

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The California STEM Network is a leading voice and champion for greater access to high-quality STEM teaching and learning in ALL schools and for ALL children in California. We direct a range of policy development, communications, network building and advocacy efforts designed to place a greater emphasis on rigorous STEM instruction for every child. Much of our work has been focused on implementing comprehensive public policy and securing additional state funding to support STEM education. Over the past couple of years, our policy and advocacy efforts resulted in California allocating more than $60 million specifically targeted for STEM education in the state budget to expand teacher preparation programs in STEM subjects, train elementary and preschool teachers in math education, support afterschool programs in computer coding and expand high school-to-community college STEM pathways to prepare more students for STEM careers. In addition, we advocated for additional state funding to implement and support a loan forgiveness programs for teachers in high-need subjects, including STEM.

 

 100Kin10 is network of best-in-class organizations collectively responding to the moonshot call to put 100,000 new, excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021. Though their pioneering networked impact approach, 100Kin10 encourages multi-sector collaboration and provides the vision and resources to help nonprofits, foundations, academic institutions and businesses meet their ambitious commitments to educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. More information is available at www.100kin10.org.