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UMD Center for Math Ed. Joins National STEM Teaching Initiative

February 19, 2013
Contacts: 

Halima Cherif 301-405-0476

Neil Tickner 301-405-4622

100Kin10COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Center for Mathematics Education (CfME) in the University of Maryland's College of Education has joined a national partnership committed to the goal of recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years.

100Kin10 is a multi–sector mobilization that responds to the national imperative to train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers over the coming 10 years. The partnership was founded and is led by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation.

The Center for Math Education is one of 159 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high–quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.

"We are honored as a university–based center to be selected to participate in this national initiative," said Professor Daniel Chazan, director of the Center for Mathematics Education. "Our selection recognizes our efforts on campus over the last decade to multiply the pathways by which STEM teachers are prepared. By multiplying the pathways toward certification as a STEM teacher, we have greatly increased the numbers of STEM teachers produced by our campus."

Over the next five years, CfME, working with other colleagues from the University of Maryland and district partners, will prepare 100 STEM teachers per year. Half of these graduates will teach for at least three years in a high needs school. CfME aims to prepare a diverse pool of STEM teachers who exhibit disciplinary expertise, cultural competence, and commitment to students and achievement.

More and better trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America's students to fully participate in our democracy and to comprehend, and devise solutions to, complex national and global challenges. All students–not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools—must have STEM literacy to find meaningful employment in a rapidly changing economy that has at its center a range of jobs based on skills grounded in the STEM disciplines.

Partner organizations were selected following a rigorous vetting process based on the innovation and boldness if of its commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation's STEM teaching force. CfME was nominated and selected based on its demonstrated resources and know-how, as well as a proven ability to deploy those assets creatively and strategically to address the nation's shortage of STEM teachers and ensure high-quality STEM learning for all students.

Watch this video to learn more about the 100Kin10 initiative: