Kennesaw State University joins 100Kin10 to graduate more STEM teachers
Partnership has goal of 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math teachers by 2021 …
Georgia (Mar 8, 2016) — Partnership has goal of 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math teachers by 2021
KENNESAW, Ga. (March 8, 2016) — Kennesaw State University is partnering with 100Kin10, a nationwide network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021.
“The 100Kin10 organization has evolved into being recognized as the ‘village’ that strives to address the shortcomings of the quantity of qualified K-12 STEM teachers across the nation,” said Adrian Epps, associate dean in the College of Science and Mathematics. “KSU is one of many silos that have put a lot of effort into increasing the quantity of STEM teachers. However, 100Kin10 is striving to bring these silos into one village with the optimal goal of meeting the nations STEM teacher needs.”
As 100Kin10 partners, Kennesaw State teacher educators have set the goal to graduate 330 new middle or secondary mathematics or science teachers by 2021, representing an average of 80 new STEM teachers per year for five years. This is a marked increase from the university’s current average.
“KSU offers aspiring STEM teachers reform-based, experiential teacher education in collaboration with school district partners,” said Michael Dias, OwlTeach co-director.
Desha Williams, project director for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at KSU, commended KSU’s commitment to preparing STEM teachers to serve diverse populations.
“KSU STEM Teacher Education is well positioned to partner with 100kin10 for ‘increased supply’ of effective STEM teachers,” said Williams. “We believe that we can provide input into the national dialogue regarding STEM teacher preparation as well as benefit from the knowledge of others.”
Kennesaw State University is one of 49 new partners join a network of more than 280 of the country’s top businesses, nonprofits, foundations and academic institutions to help achieve the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021.
“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 Kennesaw State University will contribute to our shared mission of getting more and better STEM teachers into American classrooms.”
According to Milgrom-Elcott, 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.
100Kin10 partners have access to exclusive research, learning, innovation and funding opportunities, 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.
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. A complete list of partners is available at 100kin10.org.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.