New Jersey needs STEM teachers

The WW Teaching Fellowship has been working for seven years in five states to strengthen the pipeline of quality STEM teachers. In March, Stephanie J. Hull, WW executive vice president and COO, and Brian Hayes, director of the New Jersey WW Teaching Fellowship Program, addressed the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee about formally sustaining the program. During the testimony, they expanded on the critical need in New Jersey:

“New Jersey is home to 24 traditional teacher education programs, housed in the state’s colleges and universities. In recent years, across all of those programs, the state has produced as few as 9 physics teachers and 16 chemistry teachers annually. These numbers are hardly enough to fill all of the STEM hiring needs in the state’s 600+ school districts. The problems of filling these teaching positions are even greater in high-need districts.”

The full testimony can be read here.


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