National network 100Kin10 awarded a $200,000 grant to the University of New Hampshire to promote excellence in STEM education in the early elementary school years, according to a press release in UNH Today. The project will include online coursework, a yearly summit, and on-site coaching for kindergarten through third grade math teachers.
100Kin10 is a national network of organizations, foundations, academic institutions, and government agencies committed to training and retaining 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. Partner organizations include the Carnegie Corporation, Chevron, the Simons Foundation, Amgen, and Motorola. UNH will partner with the New Hampshire Department of Education and teachers and educators statewide to deliver the online professional development program:
“We are so excited for this opportunity to collaborate with the UNH Leitzel Center, the state Department of Education, New Hampshire teachers of mathematics and 100Kin10 to support pre-K to third grade teachers throughout all of New Hampshire in their teaching of mathematics,” says Diane Silva Pimentel, assistant professor of education in UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. “We will work hard to establish a statewide network where teachers and organizations committed to improving mathematics education can engage in vital discussions and learning related to preparing young children to be successful in mathematics. We see this as another step in our long-term commitment to the teachers and students of New Hampshire.”
“To better prepare all students to solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need to help teachers deliver STEM content in active ways that support their students’ creative use of this knowledge,” said 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott.
Read the full press release here.