Wednesday, February 05, 2014

LessonSketch and TeachingWorks invited to join national effort to train 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021

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Recognized for its continuing mission to raise the standard for classroom teaching practice by transforming how teachers are prepared and supported, the University of Michigan School of Education’s LessonSketch on-line platform and TeachingWorks organization have been invited to join 100Kin10, a multi-sector network that responds to the national imperative to train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

“We are honored to be invited to partner with 100Kin10 and work with them to bring excellence into STEM learning environments,” said Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education and director of TeachingWorks. “It’s going to take innovation, creativity, and hard work to respond to this national challenge. Together, LessonSketch and TeachingWorks bring a lot to the table as we continue to make a difference in training excellent teachers.”

LessonSketch is an online platform designed for the study of teaching practice using rich media, designed and developed by Professor Patricio Herbst and Dr. VuMinh Chieu from the School of Education and Professor Daniel Chazan from the University of Maryland.

“LessonSketch is an integral partner in this critical initiative,” Ball said. “It’s a testament to the great commitment Professor Herbst and his team have made to support mathematics teacher educators by creating a multi-faceted tool that enhances the work of pre-service and in-service teacher education.”

More and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to prepare America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges. To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. LessonSketch and TeachingWorks are two of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace.

“Combining the resources offered by 100Kin10 with LessonSketch and TeachingWorks’ commitment to supporting responsible teaching practice will go a long way toward meeting the imperative of training 100,000 excellent STEM educators by 2021,” Ball said. “We are honored to be joining such an elite group of organizations who, like us, have all made bold and strong commitments to improving STEM teaching and learning for our nation’s schools.”

Read University of Michigan News press release here.

Patricio Herbst is Professor; Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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