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Anne Wujcik, EditorDuring the celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, President Obama announced progress towards his goal of preparing an additional 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021. The President issued the original challenge in his 2011 State of the Union address. To address that challenge 100Kin10 was formed, a network of 280 organizations, including school districts, universities, foundations, corporations, museums, nonprofits, and government agencies. To date, the network has trained more than 30,000 teachers. 100Kin10's partners have made commitments to recruit and train an additional 70,000 by 2021, meeting the President's goal. 100Kin10 reports that these projections have been verified by the American Institutes for Research, which has concluded the estimates are reasonable.

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Voice from the Industry

Dr. Christine Gouveia, Vice President of Applied Learning Sciences, McGraw-Hill EducationGreat Teaching is at the Heart of Learning (Here is the Science to Prove It)

Anyone who has ever stood up in front of a classroom hoping that their curriculum is engaging, that they are connecting with students, and that their students are learning can tell you: Great teaching is not easy, and it doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen by magic.

How are great teachers applying the science of learning? And how can we apply learning sciences research findings to the real world?

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHey friends—happy Friday. You know I like to share special day celebrations when I know about them. When I was checking today, I saw Beverage Day—ok, that sounds like a good plan, no matter your choice of beverage. I saw it is also No Diet day, and I can get into that, especially on a Friday. Then there was an indication that it is No Pants Day—hmmm, could be connected to another celebration. I decided to stop the research and just proclaim Happy Friday! But most importantly, you know I have some scoops for you....

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New Common Sense Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones,

A new report issued today by Common Sense Media finds that 50 percent of teens "feel addicted" to mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids are addicted. Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily lives -- from driving to the dinner table -- with over one-third of the families in the Common Sense poll arguing about it daily. Common Sense initiated the research to better understand mobile technology's impact on children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development and to identify families' need for support.

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President Obama, 100Kin10 Announce 100,000 New STEM Teachers Will be Trained by 2021

100Kin10 joined with President Obama today, on National Teacher Appreciation Day, to announce that it has secured the commitments to train 100,000 new, excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021, achieving a major milestone in the ambitious goal laid out by the President five years ago. As of today's announcement, the 100Kin10 network of 280 national partners has collectively pledged more than $90 million to support the development and ongoing support of 100,000 new STEM teachers; and 30,000 new teachers have already been trained. The President highlighted today's achievement as a feature of his legacy on education.

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