President Obama Encourages STEM Movement in the U.S.

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, in a pre-recorded video message for 100Kin10’s third annual Summit, applauded 100Kin10, its partner organizations, and their collective commitment to “train and recruit more than 40,000 STEM teachers by 2016 and to encourage educators to stay in the classroom longer.”

100Kin10 is a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

Its 200 partners include non-profits, universities, school districts, corporations, museums, charter management organizations, states, and federal agencies.

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Each partner has made a commitment to improve STEM learning for all students by (1) increasing the supply of STEM teachers; (2) helping STEM teachers improve, stay in the classroom longer, and reach more kids; or (3) building the movement.

The President hearkened to his State of the Union address in 2011, where he “announced a national goal to prepare 100,000 new teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math over the next decade.”

Speaking directly to the “200 partners, from local government, to national organizations to global corporations” that have made commitments to action in response to the President’s call since 100Kin10’s founding in 2011, the President thanked them for their continued efforts and encouraged them to keep up the great work.

“The future of this country depends on strong STEM skills and knowledge for all students,” said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, 100Kin10’s co-founder and executive director.

Using innovative tools to support partner work, an ambitious R&D and shared-learning platform, and collaborative funds that have raised more than $57 million in support of the work of partners, 100Kin10 works with partner organizations to help them achieve their commitments and overcome obstacles to realizing the goal of 100,000 STEM teachers.

Photo / video courtesy: 100Kin10

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