Building Momentum Toward Equity and Excellence

Connecting to Your Work

How can you mobilize to help the nation improve math and science education for all students? Read recommended actions from The Opportunity Equation report. MORE

We must raise the bar in education and rethink the design of school if we want excellent math and science learning for all students. The Opportunity Equation report provides a roadmap for this vision with recommendations for key stakeholders. MORE


Common Core Standards: Why Did States Choose to Adopt?

We hear from: Former Senator Bill Frist (R-TN), Education Commissioners Eric J. Smith (FL) and Mitchell D. Chester (MA), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Chester Finn. MORE


Common standards, linked with rigorous assessments, set the bar for all students—from struggling to advanced—to master academically rigorous content and succeed in the global economy. MORE


Fund Launched to Support New Math and Science Teachers for Public Schools

Philanthropy News Digest

A group of twenty-eight corporations and educational institutions has announced the launch of a $20 million initiative to help prepare 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next decade.

Announced last week during the CGI America conference, the effort is a response to President Barack Obama's call for changes in how the country prepares students to address the most pressing global challenges. To that end, 100Kin10 aims to create a funding base that will support as many as one hundred innovative programs focused on developing and/or retaining outstanding math and science teachers.

Funded by a total of $8.5 million in commitments from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the NewSchools Venture Fund, and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the initial phase of the project will focus on the first three years and twenty thousand teachers. Carnegie, which is coordinating the effort, also is working with the U.S. Department of Education to leverage additional federal funds for the effort.

As part of the initiative, the New Teacher Project and the National Math and Science Initiative will work to increase the supply of math and science teachers, while other partners, including Google and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will focus on retaining "excellent" STEM teachers and Creative Commons and Ashoka's Changemakers will work to build momentum for the campaign. In addition, GOOD Corps is developing a social media-driven communication portal for organizations involved in achieving the 100Kin10 goal.

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