The US economy suffers from a shortage of qualified STEM workers for manufacturing and technical jobs, and according to census data, black and hispanic students are significantly underrepresented in the STEM workforce. A 2015 study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute projected an unmet need for 2 million skilled workers by 2025. The 2016 US News/Raytheon STEM Index found a decreasing interest in math and science among US students. The shortage of qualified STEM teachers is well-documented and reflected in the US Department of Education’s designation of New York City Public Schools as a Teacher Shortage Area in Grade 7-12 sciences. A 2017 study by the Learning Policy Institute found that STEM teachers are among those most likely to leave the profession and that turnover rates are nearly 70% higher in Title I schools.
STEMteachersNYC attracts teachers from throughout the Tri-State area, many from Title 1 schools. 75% of participants teach in public or charter schools, the large majority of them in New York City. Our programs help prepare teachers to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and designers through a student-centered approach to science and math education.
Learn more about our programs and impact here.