WW at White House with 100Kin10

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John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, speaks at a 100Kin10 White House event in late October.

In late October, at a White House event hosted by 100Kin10, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation—one of 100Kin10’s earliest partners—deepened its commitment to the initiative’s goal of recruiting and preparing 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.

Stephanie Hull, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President and COO, reported that WW would meet its initial goal by 2016, thanks to the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship:

WW is proud to have recruited and supported more than 1,200 highly qualified STEM teachers, working for the past eight years with 28 university partners in 5 states. Our teachers are in 91 districts. In fact, ten of our partners are in the room today [as 100Kin10 affiliates].

We are proud to be adding to the diversity of the STEM teacher workforce; our Teaching Fellows this year are 42% teachers of color overall, and in New Jersey, 58%. Across all programs about half of our Teaching Fellows are women.

And we are committed to contributing even more to the preparation of STEM teachers in this country with the creation of the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, a new graduate school of education we are building in collaboration with MIT.

The Woodrow Wilson Academy is a competency-based school, focused on mastery, not seat time. It is one part grad school and one part research lab, where we will conduct research on what works and doesn’t. WW will share the lessons we learn and make the model and the research open source so the project scales up.

We are starting exclusively with STEM teacher preparation. So not only will we contribute another several hundred STEM teachers by 2021, we will also help change the way STEM teachers are prepared nationwide.

Learn more about the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning here.


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