Developing a STEM-capable Teacher Workforce
In November 2009, the National Association for Alternative Certification in collaboration with ICW and IBM released "STEMing the Teacher Shortage Tide." This report focuses on how corporations (which employ STEM professionals), universities, and local school districts can form partnerships to address the critical shortage of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) candidates to pursue careers in these fields as well as candidates with STEM backgrounds to teach in our nation's P-12 schools.
Innovative teacher preparation programs are evolving to meet the challenges of providing opportunities for career-changers or those seeking alternatives to traditional teacher preparation programs. This report outlines a framework to support possibilities for successful collaborations. These partnerships may have a major impact in accommodating the need for effective STEM teachers to build interest and passion in STEM careers.
In the global economy, the United States cannot afford to fall further behind. Learning how to build and sustain partnerships to develop a STEM-capable teacher workers builds a foundation for a stronger America.
Read the report online. (pdf)