Museum of Science Convenes 100Kin10 Organizations
October 19, 2012
In mid-September, some 30 organizations of the 100Kin10 movement met at the Museum of Science, Boston to learn how to create effective partnerships with school systems and each other that address science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
The 100Kin10 movement was launched in 2011 to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years. The Carnegie Corporation of New York and other funders pledged an initial $20 million to support the creative and strategic efforts of partner organizations to expand the nation's STEM teaching force. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) joined the highly selective 100Kin10 organization in early 2012.
Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis kicked off the September event with his vision for STEM education and his thoughts on forming partnerships. The organizations presented their theories of action, successes, and challenges.
The Museum's Patti Curtis discussed the NCTL's formal and informal partnerships and hosted a subsequent "Got Engineering? Meet-Up" to delve into the "E" in STEM and the NCTL's elementary and secondary engineering curricula. The NCTL has also focused on engineering standards and assessments, as well as leader and teacher pre-service, in-service, and online professional development.
The 100Kin10 organization recently awarded a planning grant to a consortium of universities for a gap analysis project to determine the preparation and support teachers will need to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, which are slated to include engineering.
100Kin10 is accepting new nominees to reach our ambitious goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in 10 years. More details are at www.100Kin10.org.