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National Center for STEM Elementary Education joins movement to secure excellent STEM teachers

Pictured at St. Kate's STEM Day for Anoka-Hennepin students, Jameson Ivey is an elementary education with an endorsement in mathematics and social studies.
Pictured at St. Kate's STEM Day for Anoka-Hennepin students, Jameson Ivey is an elementary education with an endorsement in mathematics and social studies.
Photo by Julie Michener.

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University is joining institutions across the country in an innovative movement to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Center  to continue and expand in graduating elementary teachers who are competent and confident teaching STEM subjects,” said Tony Murphy, executive director of NCSEE.  

With more than 30 educational and corporate partners, the 100Kin10 movement was launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative.  Created by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation, 100Kin10 is a national coalition responding to President Barack Obama’s national challenge to supply excellent mathematics and science teachers, improve their practice and keep them in classrooms.

Corporate and foundational partners pledged to raise $20 million to support the creative and strategic efforts of teacher-training organizations to expand the nation’s STEM teaching force.

Announced today,  34 new 100Kin10 partners were accepted following a rigorous vetting process conducted by the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, which reviews each nominee’s capacity to advance the goal through new commitments to action.

The 100Kin10 partners—now numbering 115—have committed to using their resources and talent to grow the movement.

“The country is at a critical juncture: Our need for STEM capacity in every part of our economy far outpaces our ability to train and keep great STEM talent," said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, program officer at Carnegie Corporation. "We need more than just an infusion of teachers, we must find new ways to identify and recruit talented women and men and support them once they’re in the classroom. We are enthusiastic about the contributions of this newest cohort of 100Kin10 partners and welcome them to the effort."

This is the second St. Kate's initiative to become involved in 100Kin10 movement, St. Catherine University is also among six institutions in the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2), an innovative partnership that recruits, prepares, and supports teachers to be effective instructional leaders. TC2 is part of the Bush Foundation’s Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT), an initiative to transform the way teachers are recruited, prepared, placed and supported. 

More about 100Kin10

The complete list of 100Kin10 partners and their commitments is available on the new 100Kin10 website, showcasing the breadth and depth of work being done to support this critical movement by increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers; hiring, developing and retaining excellent STEM teachers; and building the 100Kin10 movement.

More about the National Center for STEM Elementary Education

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education consults and creates custom STEM training programs for in-service teachers at schools and school districts across the country and continues to partner with the U.S. government’s international environmental initiative, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program to develop curriculum. 

Read more about St. Kate's STEM initiatives and see video at the STEM news site.

Jan. 18, 2012 by Julie Michener

See also: Education, STEM