Collaborative movement takes action on President's call to educate
Submitted by: Dow Chemical Company
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 – 02:41 PM EST
MIDLAND, Mich., Sep. 27 /CSRwire/ - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced it is joining more than 80 organizations around the U.S. as part of 100Kin10, a collaborative movement to support the national imperative of preparing, deploying and supporting 100,000 new, best-in-class science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in the next 10 years.
Dow, through its philanthropic arm, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, is pledging $500,000 over three years to 100Kin10, whose mission is to reverse our country’s decades-long decline in STEM subjects, to ensure all children have the basic STEM literacy to be full participants in our economy and democracy, and to enable our country’s students to address the most pressing national and global challenges.
“The most highly trained and knowledgeable teachers – and a substantial supply of them – are an essential element to ensuring the U.S. can educate and employ the best and brightest STEM candidates to create jobs and inspire innovation here in America,” said Bo Miller, Dow’s global director of corporate citizenship and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “Dow is honored to partner with so many others from various sectors who share our passion for educating tomorrow’s workforce and for providing America’s youth the absolute best teachers, mentors and role models.”
President Obama during his Sate of the Union address in January put out a call to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of STEM education over the next 10 years to prepare U.S. students to address the most pressing national and global challenges and to ensure all children have the basic STEM literacy necessary to be full participants in our economy and our democracy.
Inspired by this need and the President’s charge, 100Kin10 is taking action: both to build the movement for 100,000 new STEM teachers and to chart a new way to respond to urgent public calls for change. The cross-sector group of non-profits, school districts, charter management organizations, foundations and corporations will focus on three challenges of improving STEM education: increasing the supply of qualified teachers, keeping teachers in the classroom with incentive programs for top performers, and getting the public to realize that STEM education is an important issue.
Dow’s commitment to 100Kin10 aligns directly with the company’s most recent STEM investments announced at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting this past June: Stepping Up STEM for Students, Teachers and Jobs. Dow committed to helping scale up two initiatives: Support for the Chemical Education Foundation’s “You Be The Chemist” challenge and the National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) New Science Teacher Academy; as well as a partnership with Louisiana Community and Technical College Foundation and the Iberville Parish School Board to support of the construction of a technical/vocational junior college near Plaquemine, La.
In September, Dow also announced its sole sponsorship of the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), which will take place July 2012, and is natural follow on to the Company’s participation as a global sponsor of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC). This marks only the second time the Olympiad, which brings together high school student teams from more than 70 nations for the ten-day event of exams, laboratory work and scientific and cultural excursions, has been held in the U.S.
Education is a vital piece to a sustainable community and the fundamental enabler of innovation, and Dow supports national, state/provincial and local programs that return the most value to its communities and tomorrow’s workforce. To learn more about Dow’s efforts to support STEM education, please visit www.dow.com/education.
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About The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Established in 1979, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation serves Dow's philanthropic needs by providing charitable gifts to eligible non-profit organizations in the communities where Dow operates that contribute to community success, support sustainability, foster science in society and stimulate innovation. In 2010 Dow’s direct donations and those of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation totaled $35.7 million dollars globally.
100Kin10 is a multi-sector mobilization that responds to the national imperative to prepare, deploy, and support 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the coming 10 years. Partners, including but not limited to corporations, school districts, museums, institutes of higher education, foundations, federal agencies, professional associations, states, and nonprofit organizations, apply their particular assets to creatively and strategically address the challenges of increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers, developing and retaining excellent STEM teachers, and building the 100Kin10 movement.
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