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The 100Kin10 Fund’s Big Announcements

February 22, 2012

The 100Kin10 Fund, developed to address the overwhelming lack of STEM educators in America, has just topped $24M by adding CA Technologies to its already impressive list of donors, which includes Google, JP Morgan Chase, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over 115 organizations gathered at Google’s headquarters in Washington, DC to create and commit to new plans intended to increase America’s STEM education workforce.

The program is being supported by a variety museums, universities, school districts, non-profits, and high-tech corporations across the company, all of whom have put forth measurable goals for increasing the amount and quality of STEM teachers. Some examples of these programs are:

  • Teach For America‘s commitment to recruit 11,000 STEM corps members by 2015;
  • DonorsChoose.org will deliver $15M in classroom resources to 600,000 students across the country in the next 2 years by allowing 50,000 citizens to sponsor classroom projects in STEM;
  • Google will launch a high-profile program to recognize the top 5% of STEM teachers in America.
These programs, and many more like them, seek to supply the US with 100,000 new teachers in STEM fields within a decade; whether by training new teachers, hiring and retaining them, or by supporting the 100Kin10 initiative more broadly.

The fund has also opened an online registry, developed by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for partner organizations to submit and track the status of funding proposals. 100Kin10 funders may then review the submitted proposals and distribute funds to applicant organizations.

“Engaging and preparing the next generation of STEM leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs is key to preserving U.S. competitiveness in today’s global marketplace. It’s also key to solving the problems, seizing the opportunities, and improving the quality of life in our interconnected world,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asserted at this week’s gathering. 100Kin10 is committed to ensuring every American student is equipped with the STEM skills they need going forth into today’s economy.

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