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ASU joins nationwide ‘100kin10’ STEM effort

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Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has joined a national and growing multi-sector movement of more than 80 partners committed to working to recruit, develop and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers over the coming 10 years. 

The Teachers College has made a number of significant commitments in joining 100Kin10 that includes producing 600 STEM teachers by 2015, doubling the number of current graduates. 

In order to reach this aggressive goal, multiple strategies are being implemented, including recruiting outstanding students to the teaching profession through ASU’s Sanford Education Project. The project is an initiative funded by an $18.85 million investment from CEO of United National Corp T. Denny Sanford that seeks to combine the best qualities of ASU’s teacher preparation program with Teach For America’s (TFA) best practices.

Teachers College also is working collaboratively with colleges across ASU to leverage the expertise of faculty members in scientific disciplines to provide high-quality STEM content training for teacher candidates. 

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“The strong support of ASU President Michael Crow is enabling us to utilize all of the university’s resources to produce the growing numbers of outstanding new teachers Arizona and the nation need to compete globally in the 21st century,” said Mari Koerner, dean of Teachers College.

Additional efforts being made by Teachers College include the development of courses for future teachers with content and curriculum that are tied directly to the Common Core Standards, national common academic goals being adopted by the majority of state education offices. The college recently piloted a sustainability course designed and taught by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Leland Hartwell.

And because Teachers College will offer its new STEM courses online, the college is committed to the prospect of partnering with other universities to utilize this new method of training STEM teachers. 

“While we are already fully committed to sharing solutions that work, we believe that the opportunity to serve as a 100Kin10 official partner will be a great opportunity to both contribute to a community committed to a common goal, and learn from the other members of that community,” Koerner said.

The 100Kin10 movement is being led by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Opportunity Equation and invites organizations, including but not limited to corporations, school districts, museums, institutions of higher education, foundations, federal agencies, professional associations, states and nonprofit organizations, to apply their particular assets to creatively and strategically address the challenges of increasing the supply of and retaining excellent STEM educators.

The 100Kin10 initiative was originally announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting in Chicago this past June, where former President Clinton urged corporations, foundations and other interested organizations to take part. 

At the recent seventh CGI Annual Meeting in New York City in September, President Obama reiterated the imperative: “[Our future] demands that we give every child the skills and education they need to succeed. And I thank you for the commitment that you made to recruit and train tens of thousands of new science, technology, engineering and math teachers. Nothing could be more important.”

As a whole, ASU’s Teachers College aims at providing superior education programs to prepare successful and highly qualified prekindergarten-12th grade teachers, as well as programs for those interested in advanced study and research activities. For the 12th consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report ranks ASU’s graduate education programs among the best.

More information on the 100Kin10 initiative, including a complete list of partners and their commitments, is available at 100kin10.org.

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