By WRAL Tech Wire STEM News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to increase the supply of new math and science teachers and retain excellent teachers currently in the classroom, a group of 28 educational and corporate partners have created 100Kin10.

100Kin10 is a movement aimed toward preparing 100,000 teachers specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields over the next 10 years.

The movement is a response to an urgent public call for change made most visibly in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address to prepare U.S. students to address the most pressing national and global challenges and to ensure all children have the basic STEM literacy necessary to be full participants in our economy and our democracy.

Initial commitments by partners, including Carnegie Corporation of New York, Opportunity Equation, NewSchools Venture Fund, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation are responding to this need.

Current partners have committed to expanding the movement and creating a funding base of $20 million that will support as many as 100 innovative programs to develop and retain outstanding math and science teachers. 100Kin10 is calling for more applications from non-profits, foundations, corporations, school districts and other organizations interested in contributing to the expansion of the nation’s science and math teaching force.

100Kin10 was announced at the Education in America: Regaining Our Edge session of the Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting in Chicago last week and included comments by President Bill Clinton as well as the introduction of several of the 100Kin10 partners.

“The overwhelming focus of this conference is on getting people into the workforce over the next two years,” said President Clinton. “If we don’t address this looming shortage of STEM teachers… everything done in the next two years will be undone.”

The initial phase of the project is focused on the first three years and first 20,000 teachers.

Carnegie Corporation, NewSchools Venture Fund, and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation have thus far committed a total of $8.5 million in funding, and 100kin10 will continue to work to secure funding commitments from new sources. Additionally, Carnegie Corporation is working with the U.S. Department of Education to leverage and maximize public dollars to support the goals of 100Kin10.

The complete list of current partners includes: American Museum of Natural History, Ashoka’s Changemakers, Baltimore City Public Schools, The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Citizen Schools, Creative Commons, DSST Public Schools, EnCorps, Good Corps, Google, IDEA Public Schools, KIPP Houston, Los Angeles Unified School District, National Math and Science Initiative, National Science Foundation, New Teacher Center, New York Hall of Science, NewSchools Venture Fund, Opportunity Equation, Relay School of Education, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, University of Washington College of Education, USC Rossier School of Education, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

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