To solve the world's most pressing problems, we need all of tomorrow’s problem-solvers to be equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge, skills, and inspiration. And tomorrow’s problem-solvers need excellent STEM teachers today to guide them. 100Kin10 united the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to prepare over 100,000 new STEM teachers for classrooms around the country by 2021. To do this, we built a new type of networked-impact effort that rethinks how organizations collaborate, learn from one another, and together identify and tackle challenges that none could successfully address on its own.
Having met this ambitious goal, we undertook a massive, diverse, participatory process to hear from nearly 600 young people, particularly Black, Latinx, and/or Native American young people because they are the most marginalized in the field, about their experience in STEM education to understand and set our goal for the next decade. Guided by the insights from their stories, we set a STEM teacher preparation and retention goal that focuses on increasing racial diversity and representation, particularly for Black, Latinx, and/or Native Americans. In addition, we will support teachers to create classrooms of belonging, so all students have the opportunity to see a path for themselves in STEM.