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100Kin10 is tackling our nation's shortage of STEM teachers

100Kin10 unites the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage.

Together, we prepared over 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in 10 years for schools across the country while making progress on the systemic challenges that caused the shortage in the first place.

Thank you to the above-and-beyond contributions of all 100Kin10 staff, including those who led the network across the finish line*

Adeline Medeiros
Amanda (Dominguez) Ayala
Amber Hamilton*
Ayeola Kinlaw
Brian Hoff
David Kanter
Grace Clawater Doramus*
Guadalupe Carrasco*
Joi Rae
Julie Paturzo*
Justin LaMont
Karen Baker
Kate Isenberg*
Kendra Danowski
Lauren Baier*
Mable Yiu*
Matty Lau
Maya Lundhagen
Mazin Melegy
Mesha Byrd*
Monique Hoeflinger*
Nathaniel Schacht
Pomai Verzon*
Rob Weisstuch
Sarah Troup Geisenheimer
Talia Milgrom-Elcott*
Teresa Mooney*
Vincent Baggett
Yasmin Sabrina Fodil*

We are deeply grateful to our visionary and steadfast funders for their support, thought partnership, and leadership

Backbone Funders:

Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Amgen Foundation
AT&T Aspire
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
CME Group Foundation
Dell Technologies
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Freeport-McMoRan Foundation
The Heising-Simons Foundation
The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation
Samueli Foundation
S.D. Bechtel, JR. Foundation
Simons Foundation
State of New York Office of the Attorney General

We are also grateful for additional funding and support from:

APS Foundation
Arizona Community Foundation
CA Technologies
Carbonite Charitable Fund
Exxon Mobil
The Grable Foundation
Motorola Solutions Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund
The Noyce Foundation
Overdeck Family Foundation
Voya Financial

The major moments that took us from a presidential call to a completed goal

2011-2012: Assemble + Launch

  • President Obama calls for 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years in his 2011 State of the Union speech.
  • 100Kin10 launches at Clinton Global Initiative: America with 28 partner organizations and surpasses 100 partners in just the first six months.
  • The first annual 100Kin10 Partner Summit is held at Google’s offices in Washington, D.C. in February 2012, setting the precedent for partner-hosted Summits every year.
  • 15 inaugural Funding Collaborative members pledge $24M to support the work of partner organizations through 100Kin10’s first Fund.
  • The first set of 100Kin10 tools to enable partner collaboration is released in beta, including two -- Collaboration Grants and Site Visits -- that are still in use today.

2013-2016: Experiment + Grow

  • 100+ partners take part in three distinct Solution Labs and co-fund solutions to field-level problems, leading to the creation of Blow Minds, Teach STEM, Plagiarize This, and Every Student Succeeds with STEM.
  • The 100Kin10 Fellowship launches, resulting in $7M+ in grants to 100Kin10 partners between 2015 and 2018 with support from the New York State Attorney General, The Simons Foundation, and The Soderberg Charitable Foundation.
  • Engagement in the network soars, with more than 1,000 individuals participating by 2016.
Halfway there! President Obama announces that 100Kin10 partners are on track to collectively reach the 100,000 goal, five years into the effort.

2017-2019: Enhance + Focus

  • The Grand Challenges map is co-created by more than 1,000 teachers and other STEM education leaders, revealing 100+ causes of the STEM teacher shortage and pinpointing the highest-leverage catalysts.
  • The first Project Teams kick off, growing into a highly-successful program with nearly 400 individuals designing shared solutions since 2017.
  • The fourth and final fund closes, resulting in a total of $160M+ awarded by 100Kin10 Funders Collaborative members to partner organizations.
  • 100Kin10 partners mobilize to address the high-leverage catalysts, specifically teacher work environment and foundational math, and lead the development of two reports, Teachers at Work and Doing the Math.
  • The number of individuals taking part in network activities passes 1,700.

2020-2021: Respond + Prepare

  • The network pivots to provide real-time support for partners addressing the daily and unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, with short-term opportunities like small-group conversations and Ask-Me-Anything sessions.
  • 100Kin10 partners mobilize to address a third high-leverage catalyst, equity in high-school STEM, and lead the development of the Shifting Courses report -- grounding their work in the realities and inequities laid bare by COVID-19 and the movements for racial justice in 2020.
  • The unCommission launches to identify the network’s next moonshot goal by centering the voices of young people excluded from STEM.
  • More than 2,000 individuals have contributed to the life of the network.
  • 108,656 STEM teachers prepared for classrooms nationwide!

We find simplicity on the other side of complexity

We’ve taken everything we’ve learned over the past 10 years to launch an advisory to tackle complex social problems and catalyze enduring change. The Starfish Institute specializes in bringing together diverse players to take coordinated action on persistent social problems, ranging from healthcare to democracy to education to inequity.