THE POWER OF TEACHING
Teachers have one of the most important and influential jobs; after all, they are among the first role models children encounter. To be a good teacher is not an easy task; teachers must demonstrate and instill a passion for learning in their students. They must create an atmosphere of openness, creativity and sensitivity as well as motivate and challenge their students to work hard to reach higher standards and goals. Research demonstrates that the single biggest in-school influence on student academic growth is the quality of the teacher standing in front of the classroom. The need for passionate teachers has never been as great or as important as it is now. In the next four to six years, up to one million new teaching positions will need to be filled as teachers and principals from the Baby Boomer generation retire. It is essential that qualified and passionate teachers fill these new positions, as their work will shape education for the next thirty years. It is important to encourage new teachers to enter the field and to commend those who have demonstrated great commitment and dedication to educating our youth.
In 1950, the United States was number 1 in math, reading and science. Today, we do not even make the top 10. Furthermore, we need to double the number of kids graduating from high school in the next 8 years or our nation will no longer be a world leader in graduation rates. It is essential that qualified and passionate teachers help us reach these goals, as they will define the future of our country It is important to encourage new teachers to enter the field and to commend those who have demonstrated great commitment and dedication to educating our youth.
To stay competitive in a globalized economy, the United States needs to invest in its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. Building the next generation of innovators begins in the classroom. The 100Kin10 campaign was launched to recruit talented, qualified educators to train the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. 100Kin10 is a multi-sector network that aims to recruit and train 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021.
One great STEM initiative is US FIRST, a nonprofit devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. Founded over 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the 2012-2013 FIRST season attracted more than 300,000 youth and more than 120,000 Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers from 70+ countries. Comcast NBCUniversal support US First by sponsoring the Media and Technology Innovation Award, which seeks to recognize the team that develops and implements the most outstanding digital experience, marketing strategy, and rationale for digital channels to share the content and further promote the FIRST mission.