WGBH News and Media Relations


February 3, 2014

WGBH Joins Exclusive National Coalition to Grow STEM Teaching Force

100Kin10 aims to recruit, prepare and retain 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years
BOSTON, Mass. (February 3, 2014) – WGBH Boston was named last week as a partner in 100Kin10’s ambitious, multi-sector network focused on addressing the national imperative to recruit, train and retain 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers before 2021. WGBH will produce and curate at least 1,000 STEM-focused digital assets for teachers in PBS LearningMedia, public broadcasting’s national broadband service for teachers and educators. PBS LearningMedia is based on the Teachers’ Domain service WGBH established in Massachusetts in 2002.
“WGBH is proud to join nearly 200 other organizations in the ambitious and necessary effort to support STEM education. As the largest content producer for PBS, WGBH is uniquely equipped to build a catalog of digital resources that complement and enhance classroom curriculum,” said WGBH President and CEO Jonathan Abbott. “WGBH has a long tradition of supporting science, technology, engineering and math education. Our production Nova is used in classrooms across the country. Last year, WGBH was named the STEM lead for PBS LearningMedia, an online resource with tens of thousands of digital assets for teachers and educators. We look forward to working with the other partners to support a growing STEM teaching force.”
To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students must have basic STEM skills and knowledge. WGBH is one of nearly 200 partners of 100Kin10, including eight in Massachusetts, 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.
WGBH, a local listener- and viewer-supported public broadcaster and the largest producer of television and web content for PBS, has a longstanding commitment to serving Massachusetts’ educational efforts. In addition to its broadcast commitment, WGBH serves as Massachusetts’ digital media partner on two ambitious federally-supported Race to the Top initiatives aimed at reshaping learning for the 21st century. Last fall, WGBH was a media partner for the Massachusetts STEM Summit, hosted by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the UMass Donohue Institute. In 2002, WGBH created Teachers Domain to provide Massachusetts teachers with an assortment of digital assets curated to complement the Commonwealth’s curriculum. Teachers Domain served as the model for PBS LearningMedia, which includes more than 35,000 digital resources for teachers and educators across the country. Last year, WGBH was named the STEM lead for PBS LearningMedia.
WGBH produces a number of children’s and primetime programs for PBS, including Nova, Frontline, Arthur, Curious George and Martha Speaks, among others. It also manages Design Squad Nation, an online community based on the WGBH-produced program Design Squad which aims to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process and the connection between engineering and the things used in everyday life. Design Squad has been acknowledged by the White House for its contributions to STEM education.
Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers and the University of Chicago. Reviewers are looking for organizations that bring innovation, boldness and a proven track-record to their commitments toward expanding, improving and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, or building the 100Kin10 movement.
A complete list of partners is available on the 100Kin10 website. As partners fulfill their ambitious commitments and work together to spark innovation, they have access to exclusive opportunities – including competitive research opportunities, solution labs, collaboration grants, a growing research and learning platform and a funding marketplace. Each of these is designed to foster collaborative problem-solving and support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments.
Last month, 100Kin10 launched its third fund with $5 million and leadership from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, JPMorgan Chase and the Overdeck Family Foundation. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.
During the first two years of the effort, 100Kin10 partners have prepared nearly 12,500 STEM teachers and are projected to prepare 37,000 before 2016.
About 100Kin10
100Kin10 is a multi-sector network that responds to the national imperative to train and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021. Find more information at www.100Kin10.org.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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