100Kin10 Project Team: Elementary Teacher Preparation with a STEM Focus (2020)

The training of elementary teachers traditionally focuses on reading and literacy skills. While teaching reading is a critical skill at the elementary level, research shows that early mathematics and science skills are a greater predictor of future school success. According to the report “Doing the Math” (2019), “too few elementary teachers receive the training and support they need to deliver joyful and authentic instruction to their students.” 

This project is recommending changes for elementary teacher preparation programs in order to prepare elementary teachers to increase their STEM content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. The outcome of this project, a concept paper, suggests a revisit and reconceptualization of approaches needed to fit into an existing elementary program of study. This project enhances the practice needed for an elementary program with a STEM focus.

If you would like to contact the team, please reach out to: Janet Stramel (Associate Professor, Fort Hays State University).

This project addresses the foundational math catalyst, a 100Kin10 priority area. Learn more here