UVA Curry School Joins National Effort to Get 100k New STEM Teachers In Schools by 2021

Jennifer ChiuThe University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education has been selected to join 100Kin10, a national network coordinating and accelerating efforts to bring 100,000 new excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers into schools by 2021.

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.

According to 100kin10, the Curry School was accepted because of the strength and significance of its commitment, organizational capacity and leadership, and its ability and desire to contribute to the 100Kin10 goal and network.

The review panel specifically called out the Curry School’s work to fulfill a critical need in STEM education – developing skilled teachers who can effectively integrate engineering experiences into precollege classrooms.

Jennifer Chiu, assistant professor specializing in STEM education, leads the effort at the Curry School to produce more teachers that can incorporate engineering design approaches into their instruction.

“Our involvement with 100kin10 reflects our commitment to develop outstanding teachers that exemplify best practices in STEM education,” Chiu said. “Engineering can make mathematics and science relevant to students, and engage students in creating innovative solutions to meaningful problems. With our colleagues in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, we are excited to develop excellent engineering teacher education experiences. ”

The Curry School joins over 280 of the country’s top businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and academic institutions, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Google, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of California System, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and many more.

The incoming class of 49 partners, the organization’s largest to date, comes at a pivotal point in 100Kin10’s growth as they reach a halfway mark since President Obama’s call for 100,000 more and better STEM educators in his 2011 State of the Union address, a charge recently echoed in the White House’s “Computer Science for All” initiative.

“STEM is at the core of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. To solve them, we need to activate all the brainpower and diverse experiences of our nation’s most precious natural resource: its people. Without excellent STEM teachers inspiring all of our nation’s youth, this challenge will continue to allude us,” said 100Kin10 co-founder and Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott. “100Kin10 partners are bringing their individual passion, strengths, ideas, and resources to create solutions and together forge a path forward to reach the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.”

100Kin10 partners have access to exclusive research, learning, innovation, and funding opportunities, all designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners to fulfill their ambitious commitments and overcome the system-level challenges to achieving 100Kin10’s shared goal.

A complete list of partners—with new partners highlighted—appears below and is also available on the 100Kin10 website.