Attracting the Next Generation of STEM Teachers

Though attracting and retaining qualified STEM  (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teachers has long been difficult, there are new and innovative solutions afoot.   At Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, students studying science spend eight weeks trying to impart their scientific interests upon younger generations with the goal not only  to pique the interest of the younger children in the subject matter, but to pique the interest of the college students in becoming teachers.  Administrators in West Virginia have launched the Teach West Virginia campaign in order to stem the tide of retiring teachers and attract new and qualified candidates.

President Obama has long emphasized the importance of attracting highly qualified teachers, especially in math and science.  In a speech at the National Academies of Sciences last April, President Obama urged scientists to become more involved in education.  “I want to persuade you to spend time in the classroom… I want us all to think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering.”

Posted by: Clark Taylor

Sources: The Journal, Education Week, OECD Observer, The White House

Photo Credit: Classroom courtesy of flickr user velkr0

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