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Mills College Announces Partnership with 100Kin10, a National Network to Grow STEM Teaching Force

Oakland, CA–February 04, 2014 The Mills College School of Education has been selected to become a partner with 100Kin10. As a partner of this multi-sector network, the School of Education is committed to advancing the national imperative to recruit and prepare 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers by 2021.

Preparing America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and understand how to respond to complex national and global challenges requires more well-prepared STEM teachers. To compete in the global marketplace, it is essential that all young Americans have equitable access to basic STEM skills and knowledge.

As part of the 100Kin10 network, Mills College is one of nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified by a single, ambitious goal: to prepare all students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills that will equip them for success in college and the workplace.

The Mills College School of Education, in partnership with the Division of Natural Sciences at Mills College, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and the Lawrence Hall of Science, has agreed to seek to graduate 100 mathematics and science teachers by 2019. Students will be prepared to teach in Oakland through the Oakland Urban Teacher Residency, a rigorous program led by Mills Professors Ruth Cossey and Barbara LiSanti. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program focuses on subject matter knowledge, equity, and access. Each teacher will make a commitment to stay in the district for four years and will be supported to do so.

Organizations are accepted as 100Kin10 partners following a rigorous vetting process conducted by a team of partner reviewers. Reviewers seek organizations that bring innovation, boldness, and a proven track record to their commitment(s) toward expanding, improving, and retaining the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force and building the 100Kin10 movement.

As a partner, the School of Education will 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.

“We are very excited to be part of this effort,” said Kathy Schultz, dean of the School of Education. “As part of our 45-year history of serving the community, we are eager to build on the exemplary record of teacher education programs at Mills College to radically expand, stabilize, and reform the secondary STEM teaching force of the Oakland Unified School District.”

Last year, the Mills College School of Education was awarded a grant of nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to improve student learning opportunities and increase the number of STEM teachers in the Oakland Unified School District.

About 100Kin10
100Kin10 is a multi-sector network that responds to the national imperative to prepare and retain 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 378 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information,


Last Updated: 10/21/14