100Kin10 is a collaborative network created in response to our nation's need for 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. So far, more than 150 partner organizations have committed to increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers; hiring, developing, and retaining excellent STEM teachers; and building the 100Kin10 movement. 100Kin10 is an independent nonprofit organization incubated at the National Center for Civic Innovation.
In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama issued a call to action: train 100,000 new, excellent STEM teachers over the next 10 years to keep America vibrant and prosperous. The nation’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of American workers to thrive in the global and domestic economies depend on a broad and strong foundation in math and science—one that is currently lacking.
100Kin10 is a growing network of over 150 cross-sector partner organizations unified by a single ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills needed to address our most pressing national and global challenges. Partner organizations—including but not limited to corporations, school districts, museums, institutes of higher education, foundations, federal agencies, professional associations, states, and nonprofit organizations—have the capacity and will to go above and beyond the work they are already doing with STEM teachers. Either through the expansion of current programs or the adoption of new work, 100Kin10 partners commit to responding to the national call for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers, developing and retaining excellent STEM teachers, and/or building the 100Kin10 movement. Click here to see our full list of partners.
To reach the ambitious goal of 100Kin10, the network continues to grow through an annual nomination and application cycle; currently, application for non-funding partners is restricted to official nominations from existing partners during our fall nomination cycle. Potential funding partners do not participate in this yearly selection process; please contact Talia Milgrom-Elcott or email info@100Kin10.org for more information about joining the network as a funder. Click here to learn more about joining the network and e-mail info@100Kin10.org to be placed on our mailing list for updates and additional information.
All 100Kin10 partners bring content expertise and programming or funding capacity to advance the initiative. As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments, they have access to more than 150 best-in-class partner organizations, a learning infrastructure designed to provide real-time learning and field-leading data, an exclusive funding marketplace, innovative opportunities to spark collaboration, and more. Upon joining 100Kin10, partners become a part of a community of engaged and dedicated organizations, unified by a shared goal and a common mission to uncover solutions to frequent problems of practice and singled out by a unique position that both advances and shapes the national conversation around STEM teaching and learning and elevates individual leaders within the space. Learn more about our partners and their bold commitments.
No. Though increasing the number of new, excellent STEM teachers in the pipeline is important, 100Kin10 recognizes that to achieve these ambitious goals it is imperative that we keep our best STEM teachers in the classroom. Many partners are focused on changing the circumstances in which STEM teachers work – from how they are recruited, hired, evaluated, and paid to the support they receive and the opportunities they have to grow in their careers.
100Kin10 is not just about numbers. The network is focused on building excellence in STEM education by dramatically increasing the quantity and quality of STEM teaching so that all students have access to first-rate STEM learning. To become a partner in 100Kin10, organizations must undergo a rigorous vetting process (USE TERMS FROM NOMINEE FAQs) to ensure that accepted partners have both high-quality commitments and a capacity to execute them with excellence. Additionally, 100Kin10 is leading a growing research and learning infrastructure, which will provide real-time knowledge to the field about what is and is not working in STEM teacher training and support to drive improvement across 100Kin10 partners and the STEM teaching field at large.
100Kin10 is neither a paper coalition of similarly-minded allegiances nor a command-and-control, centralized effort. Instead, it is an experiment in a networked approach to making big social change happen, an effort to invite a wide array of players—from federal agencies to states, museums to corporations, universities to school districts, individuals to associations—to identify their assets and apply them creatively and strategically to take action against one of our country’s most vexing challenges: to provide every child with a first-rate STEM education.
Certification and degree requirements vary by state, so we suggest contacting your local school district for accurate details. To learn more about 100Kin10 partners who are preparing teachers, please visit our Commitments page.
The simplest and most specific answer is that we aim to respond to the nation’s need for 100,000 STEM teachers over 10 years, working closely with partner organizations to ensure positive, measurable growth. The purpose is to reverse our country’s decades-long decline in STEM subjects, to ensure that all children have the basic STEM literacy to be full participants in our economy and democracy, and to enable our country’s students to address the most pressing national and global challenges. We are mobilizing an expanding, multi-sector group of organizations to strategically apply its collective assets in a coordinated way to solve a complex, national problem. We are doing this by creating an “enlightened marketplace” that doesn’t rely on any centralized entity having all the answers to complex questions related to teacher preparation or local demand for STEM talent. Instead, funders with their own expertise can identify and partner with pre-vetted organizations with deep knowledge of local, statewide, and national needs.
Funding partners play a key leadership role in the 100Kin10 movement. Funders pledge a minimum of $500,000 over three years to support the commitments of 100Kin10 partners (all of which are pre-vetted) and maintain total independence of decision-making in choosing which organizations to fund. However, 100Kin10 is more than another coalition of like-minded organizations. Funders join 100Kin10 as a partner and partake in and benefit from all of the opportunities and resources available to our programmatic partners; they become a part of a community of like-minded organizations committed to a common goal. The fraternal nature of 100Kin10 includes funders as equals in the quest to ensure excellent STEM learning for all students. Click here to see our 100Kin10 funding partners.
Organizations are welcome to join as funding partners at any point throughout the year. There is no need to follow the nomination and application cycle. To learn more, contact Talia Milgrom-Elcott or email info@100Kin10.org.
100Kin10 invites everyone to join the movement. Teach, donate, or participate to get involved today.