Six years ago, I founded 100Kin10, a national network focused on training and retaining excellent K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Originally inspired by Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, we knew that we were preparing to take on a huge and daunting problem; for years, our education system has faced an acute teacher shortage. There simply aren’t enough qualified educators to meet the needs of our students, especially in STEM.

Every year we punt on this problem, we not only do a disservice to our children, we also damage our...

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  • About the Author:

    Talia Milgrom-Elcott is the co-founder and executive director of 100Kin10 (@100kin10).