How Student Stories Advanced 100k in 10’s Goal to Prepare More STEM Teachers


What happens when you meet an incredibly ambitious goal? Do you celebrate and declare “mission accomplished”? Or do you move ahead and set your sights on something new?

That was the challenge facing 100Kin10 in 2021. The successful non-profit formed in 2011 in response to President Barack Obama’s call to prepare 100,000 additional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021 to address a national shortage, and they met their ambitious goal.

How did they do it? 100Kin10 started with a network of 28 organizations, including school districts, charter management organizations, philanthropists, science museums, corporations, universities, and other non-profits (including alternative teacher preparation programs). They eventually grew to include hundreds more working to prepare, recruit, and support new STEM teachers in all 50 states. In early 2021, Executive Director and Founder Talia Milgrom-Elcott said she was surprised to learn her organization was still on target despite the pandemic. In fact, they exceeded it by preparing 108,000 STEM teachers by the end of 2021.

So what’s next?

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