Education Secretary Arne Duncan Joins Teachers and Students to Discuss Teaching’s Future as Part of TEACH’s Multi-Market Recruitment Program

 

Talented educators are critical to ensuring that students are better prepared to compete for the higher-skilled jobs demanded by today’s economy. To help fulfill the growing need for educators in the United States, Microsoft is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Education, national education organizations, teacher associations, and other private-sector companies to support the TEACH campaign aimed at inspiring and recruiting young people to enter the teaching profession, especially as STEM teachers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that there will be approximately 120,000 new job openings in the U.S. each year requiring at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science. In order to fill this need, STEM education must be strengthened at both the K-12 as well as post-secondary levels—an undertaking that will require high-achieving STEM teachers.

Today, Microsoft is proud to be part of an event with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, students, and teachers about why now is an exciting time for young people to enter the profession. Math teacher Bill Day, 2013-14 Washington, DC Teacher of the Year, will be on the panel to discuss innovation in the classroom and his unique role as a STEM teacher.

We need great STEM teachers like Bill so that we have great talent in the workforce that is ready to thrive in twenty-first century jobs. We cannot train students in STEM, fill STEM job openings, or compete in a global market without STEM teachers. When it comes to creating meaningful change in education and preparing students for the workforce, there is no silver bullet—but having high-achieving, passionate teachers in the classroom is a good start.

Unfortunately, fifty percent of pre/K-12 teachers are eligible for retirement in the next 10 years and less than nine percent of top students would consider teaching as a possible career choice. We need to change that perception about teaching and encourage our top students to use their expertise in the classroom. Because we know that a child who learns from a top teacher are at a distinct advantage, and we want to extend that advantage to as many young people as we can.

Microsoft is thrilled to be part of TEACH in order to help to recruit these high-achieving teachers who will shape the next generation of engineers, computer programmers, and CEOs. We believe that teachers are the single most important force in transforming education, and Microsoft works hard to deliver training and support to help them teach in the new era of digital learning. 

Our commitment to TEACH should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following Microsoft’s long-time work in education. Partners in Learning is our 10-year, nearly $750 million commitment to help education systems around the world. Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 200 million teachers and students in 119 countries.

We hope to encourage more and more people to go into the teaching profession and you will be rewarded everyday!