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10 trends and predictions for STEM education in 2020


STEM education is headed for some interesting changes in 2020--and those trends and changes will impact classrooms across the nation

It’s clear to anyone listening that the United States needs more highly-skilled STEM workers to remain globally competitive. And STEM education–including trained STEM teachers–is critical to that goal.

The organization 100Kin10 is working to recruit 100,000 excellent STEM teachers into classrooms across the nation by 2021. 100Kin10 talks to partners and teachers and reviews research and data to understand the challenges and opportunities facing STEM education.

At the end of each year, 100Kin10 boils down its most important data and insights into a list of trends from the past year and predictions for the new year to help inform STEM education moving forward.

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1. Supporting students (and especially students of color) by recruiting and supporting teachers of color. Research shows that students of color perform better and reach higher levels of long-term success when they have at least one teacher of color. Despite this research, people of color make up 50 percent of U.S. students, but less than 20 percent of teachers.

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