100Kin10 is a network of organizations working to provide America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. 100Kin10 helps its partners contribute individually to this mission and organizes collective action to break down systemic barriers to reaching this goal.
100Kin10 began this work in March 2015 by interviewing STEM teachers, principals and other experts to develop a list of challenge areas. These challenge areas were workshopped over the course of 2015 by partners and other stakeholders, including STEM teacher leaders and winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. A finalized set of grand challenges will be developed by late 2016.
To help eliminate these challenges, 100Kin10 has created a STEM fellowship, named the Y Combinator. Currently in its second year, the fellowship brings together a cohort of leaders who focus on one particular challenge. The first group of fellows tackled the challenge of improving engineering and computer science education in grades K-12; 2016 fellows are working on methods to help elementary school teachers teach STEM disciplines in ambitious, effective and inspiring new ways.