National Board joins nationwide initiative to address STEM teacher shortage

As part of an ongoing effort to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced today that it has joined the 100Kin10 initiative, a national network that aims to add 100,000 STEM teachers to America’s classrooms by 2021. 100Kin10 is committed to solving one of our country’s most pressing education challenges – giving students a great STEM education.

“The National Board is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the national dialogue about STEM learning and how accomplished teaching is an essential part of any solution. Students really need high-quality STEM education — that is, teachers who know their subjects and know how to teach that content to students in the wide range of school settings across the country,” said Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The National Board was announced as a programmatic partner to 100Kin10, along with 40 others including Chicago Public Schools, LEGO Education, and the Council of Chief State School Officers — joining a network of more than 280 partners comprised of the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies. As partners in the 100Kin10 initiative, each entity commits to ending the STEM teacher shortage and to supporting one another by exchanging expertise, learning, and resources.

“My entire teaching career has been focused on STEM education, so this work is important to me personally. The National Board brings a lens of our Five Core Propositions to this initiative; we know that driven by high-quality teaching, students and their learning are at the center of this initiative,” said Brookins.

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The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards, and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.