In this report, the non-profit organization 100Kin10 presents findings from its survey of 165 100Kin10 partner organizations. The report highlights the best practices, challenges, and trends reported by collaborators who support STEM teachers. The survey was administered by 100Kin10 and data analyzed with support from the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Six surveys were developed, each with a focus on one of the six stages of the teacher lifecycle: Recruit, Prepare, Hire, Induct, Develop, and Advance. The analysis focused on exploring the tactics and strategies that can be used to address the shortage of “excellent” STEM teachers.
The key findings include:
- Programs in the “prepare and develop” phases prioritize the following focus areas:
- Incorporating new standards
- Pedagogical content knowledge
- Content knowledge
- Programs that focus on social and emotional learning and active learning were evident in the study sample, but there is room to do more.
- Successful hiring rates may be associated with a focus on pedagogical content knowledge during the “prepare” phase. A focus on content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and engineering might be associated with successful retention rates in the “in-service professional development” phase.
- For programs that center on preparation and development, respondents identified Pedagogical Content Knowledge (70.5%), Incorporating New Standards (75.5%), Content Knowledge (45.5%), and Engineering (41%) as the most common areas of focus. Social Emotional Learning (8%), Active or Project-Based Learning (11%), Classroom Management (17.5%), and Use of Student Data (18%) were identified as areas of opportunity for growth.
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100Kin10 (2016). 100Kin10 Annual Partner Survey. New York, NY. 100Kin10.