ISP joins national network to grow STEM teaching force

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis commits to advancing the goals of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

New York, New York, February, 2016 —100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021, announced today that ISP has been accepted as a partner.

“It’s a tremendous honor for us,” said Victoria May, the executive director at the ISP. “After over 20 years of supporting teachers, we are excited to join this national movement to give teachers the resources they need to help their students to excel in STEM.”

As a part of 100Kin10, the ISP will double the number of K-12 teachers and educators involved in high quality STEM professional development programs between 2016 and 2020. The ISP will accomplish this by expanding its current programs locally and designing two new national initiatives for K-8 teachers. Each of these initiatives will be assessed based on increased teacher competence and confidence and on student achievement growth.

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to preparing America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students—not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools—must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. The ISP is one of 49 new partners to join a network of now over 280 of the country’s top businesses, nonprofits, foundations and academic institutions to help achieve the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.

“It is critical there be cross sector collaboration to prepare today’s students to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott. “We are excited for the many ways the ISP will contribute to our shared mission of getting more and better STEM teachers into American classrooms.”

100Kin10 partners have access to exclusive research, learning, innovation, and funding opportunities, all designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments towards 100Kin10’s shared goal.

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and a national selection panel of experts in education and STEM. Applicants are considered for partnership based on their organization strength and STEM and teaching expertise; clear, meaningful commitments toward the 100,000 STEM teacher goal; and interest in and capacity to build the 100Kin10 movement.

ABOUT 100KIN10

100Kin10 is an organization committed to recruiting, training, and retaining 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. 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.

A complete list of partners—with new partners highlighted—appears below and is also available on the 100Kin10 website.