NCTL Joins 100Kin10 Movement to Secure 100,000 STEM Teachers in 10 Years
April 08, 2012
The Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) has joined a movement to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. Envisioning a future where all students have the STEM literacy needed to participate fully in our economy and democracy, this group understands that addressing the STEM teacher shortage and improving STEM learning means mobilizing stakeholders to develop creative approaches to these challenges.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation convened 100Kin10 to respond to President Barack Obama's national call to stimulate the supply of excellent STEM teachers, while continuing to improve their practice and keep them in classrooms. The movement was launched in June 2011 with a pledge by partners to raise $20 million to expand the nation's STEM teaching force.
Museum of Science president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis says, "The NCTL is uniquely positioned to help teachers, particularly in engineering. After Massachusetts became the first state in the nation in 2001 to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering, we began to prepare teachers. The Next Generation Science standards, which will include engineering, will help other states move in this direction and we are ready to help their teachers."
The NCTL's commitment includes:
--developing K-12 science and engineering instructional materials, offering pre-service, in-service, and online teacher and teacher leader professional development programs to 3,000 teachers, and working with 75 Massachusetts (Mass.) school districts to integrate engineering in K-12 schools to inspire future engineers and innovators over five years;
--partnering with eight Mass. community colleges and universities to develop science and engineering education courses that strengthen pre-service elementary educators' understanding of STEM to prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards, and working to transfer this model to 30 teacher colleges across the US by 2016;
--partnering with 150 Mass. school districts and 70 districts in five other states by 2016 to implement the Gateway Project, providing K-12 administrators with resources, best practices, and supports to enable them to implement STEM programs, standards-based technology, curricula, and assessments.
As of February, the 100Kin10 Fund had topped $24 million from donors, including the S.D. Bechtel Jr., Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and others.