Helping to Train 100,000 U.S. Teachers

The Long Beach College Promise – which includes Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Unified School District – is among the list of 31 new partner organizations to join the 100Kin10 network and its effort to address the national imperative of training 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago.  Reviewers look for organizations that bring innovation, boldness and a proven track record of helping to improve and retain the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force.

As the partners work together, they have access to exclusive opportunities – including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing body of research and a funding marketplace.  Each of these opportunities is designed to encourage collaborative problem solving.

“The Long Beach Unified School District sees the 100Kin10 network as a practical way to address a national issue, and we're pleased to be part of this important effort,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.  “Our participation in the network is a logical extension of the work we have done for years with LBCC and CSULB to support teachers and prepare new ones for successful careers in science, technology, math and engineering education.”

As part of the effort, CSULB has committed to preparing an additional 970 high-quality, K-12 teachers by 2018, including 250 community college transfers, with rigorous math and science coursework to enter the university’s elementary credential program with a STEM specialization.

Last month 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase and the Overdeck Family Foundation.  To date, 100Kin10 funders have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners.  More than $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 102 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting in Chicago.

Learn more at 100kin10.org.

The Long Beach College Promise was established in 2008 with a focus on providing a number of guarantees to help all local students prepare for, enter and succeed in college.  It is an extension of the Long Beach Education Partnership — Seamless Education that was launched in 1994 to ensure that all students would progress smoothly through the education systems and into the workforce.