How to Fix the STEM Deficit

Author Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, says we need a new model for how we prepare STEM teachers, and we need it now.  (HT: NSTA WebNews Digest)

The truth is that despite the well-documented national-security and economic prosperity consequences of graduating too few STEM-oriented students, and despite years of good-faith efforts by many dedicated people and organizations, the nation still does not have enough qualified STEM teachers. Even with jobs scarcer than they’ve been in generations, schools have had chronic trouble finding and holding onto well-qualified science and math teachers.

We need a new model for how we prepare STEM teachers, and we need it now. We need to be able to successfully recruit, prepare, and retain career-changers and other nontraditional teacher candidates who are deeply knowledgeable about the subjects they teach, and who are amply prepared to hit the ground running on their first day of class.

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