Stowe and Freking invited to White House STEM gathering
Event celebrates 100Kin10, which is mobilizing its partners to prepare 100,000 “excellent” STEM teachers by 2021
USC Rossier Associate Professor of Clinical Education Fred Freking and Associate Dean of Academic Programs Kathy Stowe attended a special gathering in Washington, D.C., this week that brought together 60 partners of 100Kin10, an organization launched in 2011 by the Carnegie Corporation and committed to preparing 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2011.
The effort arose from President Barack Obama’s call to action in his 2011 State of the Union address: “Over the next 10 years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science and technology and engineering and math.”
With their trip to the White House, hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Freking and Stowe brought USC Rossier’s partnership with 100Kin10 full circle—or rather half circle. Nearly halfway to 2021, momentum is palpable, but there is still much work to be done. USC Rossier is among 100Kin10’s 200 partners.
“I was inspired by the session because we were all working toward a common goal, which is to prepare great teachers.”
—Associate Dean of Academic Programs Kathy Stowe
“The meeting was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with partners from the White House, the Department of Education and STEM teacher preparation programs from across the United States to reach the goal of 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021,” said Freking, who recently received a grant from 100Kin10 to create an Integrated STEM Pedagogy class for both secondary and elementary preservice teachers.
“USC Rossier is well positioned with online and on-ground preservice and intern programs to contribute significantly to reaching this goal.”
John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, offered encouragement and support, urging the audience to stay the course.
“Continued commitment and leadership from all of you will be essential to reaching this goal,” Holdren, who is also Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
“I was inspired by the session,” said Stowe, who is also a professor of clinical education,” because we were all working toward a common goal, which is to prepare great teachers.”
In small group sessions and discussions, participants also spoke about the importance of increasing the number of STEM teachers from underrepresented populations, thereby increasing the number of role models for 21st century learners.