In January this year, U.S. President Barac Obama challenged the nation to train 100,000 high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in 10 years. "Google through its "Google in Education" became one of the founding members of a community of action called "100Kin10,"" revealed Jordan Bookey, Manager, K-12 Education Outreach Team, in an announcement post.
Revealing more, Bookey said "This past week, 100Kin10 officially kicked off with 80 partner organizations, all contributing to a threefold mission: to reverse the United States' decades-long decline in STEM subjects, to ensure that all children have the basic STEM literacy to be full participants in our economy and democracy and to enable U.S. students to address the most pressing national and global challenges."
Adding, he says "Google has made commitments to increase the supply of high quality teachers and retain excellent STEM teachers." Specifically:
- "Working with The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to create a high-profile recognition program for the top 5% of STEM teachers nationwide and are well on our way to this.
- Inviting districts nationwide to join us at Google for talent academies that will facilitate and fund HR pilot strategies for education.
- Working with university faculty training future teachers throughout California to integrate educational technology across curriculum and scale the practice by funding research on the topic. To that end, we established the Google Faculty Institute this August and have already funded nine pilots across the state," Bookey added.