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Out Teach Announced as New 100Kin10 Partner
Ahead of Network Exceeding Goal of 
Training New STEM Teachers by 2021

Out Teach Among More Than 40 New Partners That Will Become Part Of The STEM Education Network

100Kin10, a national organization dedicated to solving the STEM teacher shortage by 2021, announced today that Out Teach joins 40 other new programmatic partners in its ranks this year. In addition to Out Teach, new partners include Chicago Public Schools, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Council of Chief State School Officers, among others.

This is the seventh and final cohort of partners for 100Kin10 during its first 10 years. The organization launched in 2011 as an answer to President Obama’s call during his 2011 State of the Union address to train 100,000 new STEM teachers in a decade. 100Kin10 is on track to exceed their goal of training 100,000 teachers by 2021, with more than 68,000 teachers currently trained.

Jeanne McCarty, CEO of Out Teach, said “Everyone here at Out Teach is proud to join 100kin10 as they work to support high-quality Science and STEM instruction. We joined because hands-on learning outdoors sparks student curiosity, and gets kids excited about learning and mastering science content and practices early on. So, to help teachers lead effective outdoor Science and STEM lessons, we provide teachers in low-income schools with on-the-job coaching, showing them how to unlock student performance with ‘ah ha!’ learning moments every day. We also show teachers how effective it is to embed science concepts and practices into Math and Literacy, making learning meaningful and authentic for all students.”

McCarty continued, “To help 100kin10 reach its ambitious goals, by 2021, Out Teach will prepare 1,000 PK-5 teachers to use the outdoors for high-quality Science and STEM learning, reaching approximately 25,000 students. We focus on the early years (preK-5), because that’s when students get the least Science instruction, at the time they need it most. On average, elementary students only receive 15 minutes of Science instruction per day, and very little of that is active and experiential. Research shows that career paths are often set by 6th grade, so it’s critical that all students have opportunities to practice science and see themselves as scientists or engineers early on. This is particularly important for girls, students of color, and children from low-income families who may have less opportunities outside of school to explore, practice, and imagine a future in STEM.”

The final round of growth specifically focuses on 100Kin10’s latest project: tackling what they’ve identified as the root causes of the STEM teacher shortage. If solved, these ‘catalysts’ – which include bonuses, scholarships or loan forgiveness for STEM teachers, increasing professional development and state tracking of STEM teacher supply and demand – would more sustainably end the teacher shortage.

“This final group, including Out Teach is a welcome addition as we enter our final push in achieving our goal and look toward the future in solving systemic issues around the teacher shortage in America,” said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, 100Kin10’s executive director. “Each organization is doing incredible, inspiring work to build the movement for better, bolder and more accessible STEM education. We’re thrilled to have them as our newest partners in collaboration, learning and continuous improvement to creatively solve the STEM teacher crisis.”

Existing partners and an expert panel vetted and selected the 41 new partners, who will join a network of more than 280 current partners that includes the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies. All partners register their commitments to ending the STEM teacher shortage through 100Kin10 and support one another to achieve those commitments by exchanging expertise, learning and resources.
In addition to the 41 accepted programmatic organizations, 100Kin10 is inviting 16 other organizations to join as “allies” of the network. This is a new opportunity to connect with and share in the learning life of the network to reach its goal.

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100Kin10 is network of best-in-class organizations collectively responding to the moonshot call to put 100,000 new, excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021. Though their pioneering networked impact approach, 100Kin10 encourages multi-sector collaboration and provides the vision and resources to help nonprofits, foundations, academic institutions and businesses meet their ambitious commitments to educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. More information is available at www.100kin10.org.

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Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.