School district wants to grow STEM from bottom up

Jul 21, 2015 by

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Miami-Dade County’s hiring department may get 1,000 applications for an elementary school teacher position.

But when the nation’s fourth-largest district is looking for a high school chemistry teacher, it’s lucky to get 20.

In the race to educate more students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — a major obstacle is finding enough qualified teachers.

“There’s always an opening, basically,” said Arlene Diaz, Miami-Dade’s director of instructional certification.

With growth in STEM jobs projected to outpace many other fields, the White House has called on American schools to graduate 1 million new students in fields like physics and biomedical engineering. To get there, the federal government says the U.S. needs 10,000 new STEM teachers every year for the next decade.

Source: School district wants to grow STEM from bottom up | Miami Herald

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