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MCESA, Rodel Foundation join network to increase STEM in schools

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  • Laurie King/Maricopa County Education Service Agency and Jennifer Foley/Rodel Foundation of Arizona

STEM Teachers And Students

Maricopa County Education Service Agency  and Rodel Foundation of Arizona have been accepted into the 100Kin10 network. 100Kin10 is a network striving to provide America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math teachers by 2021.

“We are honored to join a national network of organizations who are committed to giving every child a first-rate STEM education by increasing the number of excellent STEM teachers,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President and CEO.  “The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has been working for over a decade at improving math achievement in the elementary grades knowing that early math mastery is predictive of later academic success.  As part of this extraordinary network, we can add our piece to the larger goal of STEM literacy.”

MCESA, Rodel Foundation join network to increase STEM in schools STEMTeachersAndStudentsHPMore and better-trained STEM teachers are essential to preparing America’s students to fully participate in our democracy and to understand and respond to complex national and global challenges.

To compete in the global marketplace and provide opportunity to all young Americans, all students — not just those fortunate enough to attend certain schools — must have basic STEM skills and knowledge.

MCESA  and Rodel are among the 236 best-in-class 100Kin10 partners that has designed and taken on a specific piece of work to help achieve the goal of 100,000 excellent STEM teachers.

MCESA was accepted due to its organizational strength and clear approach to training/retaining STEM teachers–by starting with proper leadership training. By 2020, MCESA plans to support 106 school principals who will in turn lead 2,120 science and or mathematics teachers. MCESA’s focus is on schools that might not otherwise have such opportunities.

“We know there are great STEM programs happening in very successful schools thoughout Maricopa County,” said Kristine Morris, chief deputy superintendent of MCESA. “Our aim is to replicate that success and ensure that students in areas of the county, namely rural and economically disadvantaged areas, have the same opportunities as wealthier suburban students. It’s the right thing to do for children and for our economy.”

MCESA’s STEM initiatives are highlighted at

To support partners in fulfilling their ambitious commitments and working together to spark innovation, 100Kin10 offers access to exclusive opportunities that build capacity, enable collaboration and shared learning to find new solutions and solve joint challenges, and facilitate funding and access to resources. For example:

  • Over 95% of partners shared data about their STEM teaching work—including programmatic priorities, components, and outcomes—in response to a network-wide survey, part of 100Kin10’s growing body of research and learning;
  • Thirty partners took part in 100Kin10’s first foray into partner-driven collective action, co-investing in a teacher recruitment campaign that reached over 50 million on social media;
  • More than 115 partners have received grants in support of their programmatic work, totaling over $53 million through 130+ awards; and
  • More than 50 partners applied for and have been awarded over $200,000 in small grants that enable in-person meeting and collaboration to advance their 100Kin10 commitments.

Maricopa County Education Service Agency, under the direction of the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, is dedicated to ensuring all school-age children in the county graduate college and career ready. MCESA build alliance partnerships that provide leadership, services and programs in the areas of Educational Innovation, Economic Management and Executive Leadership. For more information visit

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit


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