January 18, 2012 – Public Impact has been named a 100Kin10 partner, agreeing to help extend the reach of excellent STEM educators. The national 100Kin10 movement aims to recruit, prepare, and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. Public Impact will use its reach extension models to assist the 100Kin10 partners in maximizing the impact of the excellent teachers recruited through this initiative.
Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation convened 100Kin10, a broad initiative of more than 115 educational and corporate partners, to provide all students with the STEM literacy necessary to fully participate in the nation’s economy and democracy. The initiative aims not just to provide schools with an infusion of excellent STEM teachers, but also to support them once they’re in the classroom. Public Impact’s role will be to help the partners ensure that as many students as possible benefit from this infusion of talent. The more students these teachers can reach, the higher the payoff of bringing them into public education. And if they reach more students, excellent STEM teachers will be able to earn more, within current budgets. Higher pay and career opportunities, in turn, may attract yet more excellent STEM teachers, and help retain the 100K—creating a virtuous cycle of excellence.