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PRESS RELEASE - 1/18/2017


Deb Levy, Director of Communications + Marketing
646 943 8712


ExpandED Schools among 10 Grant Recipients Sharing $2.4 Million in Funding to Spur Active Learning in Pre-K to Third Grade Education

NEW YORK, NY — Today 100Kin10, the national network for training and retaining 100,000 excellent K-12 STEM teachers by 2021, announced over $2.4 million in funding to the 10 recipients of their Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge grants. ExpandED Schools, a NYC-based non-profit dedicated to closing the learning gap, was one of the 10 grantees, receiving $223,000. The Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge encouraged all 280+ members of the 100Kin10 network to devise “moonshot” ideas that answer a crucial question to improve STEM education: How should we support teachers to create active STEM learning environments for young students across the country?

The grant to ExpandED Schools will fund the organization’s idea to train both 2nd grade and pre-service teachers in order to empower them to lead high-quality STEM activities in their classrooms. The veteran teachers will serve as mentors to the novice teachers, providing them with necessary skills and confidence to inspire student interest and engagement with STEM subjects. Both levels of professional development are designed to provide an informal space for curricular and pedagogical experimentation.

“We are thrilled to have been given this opportunity to build upon our past work in STEM education and professional development. We view this as an issue of equity. After all, the jobs of the future are in the STEM fields. Education is the most important lever to ensuring that all kids, from every zip code, can develop their full potential,” said Lucy Friedman, President of ExpandED Schools.

The Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge is part of 100Kin10’s commitment to encourage the use of design thinking and applying solutions from outside fields to solve complex problems in STEM education. In addition to financial support to ‘beta test’ the initiative, this grant enables ExpandED Schools to engage in an ongoing learning community using the latest research in improvement sciences and receive support from researchers and field experts led by the 100Kin10 Research and Innovation Team.

“To better prepare all students to solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need to help teachers deliver STEM content in active ways that support their students’ creative use of this knowledge. Increasing active learning – which engages students in thinking, questioning, and problem solving grounded in real-world problems – for our youngest learners is a key part of improving STEM education and building a robust and diverse pipeline of STEM talent for the future,” said 100Kin10 Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott. “By inviting our network members to tackle the challenge of expanding early childhood active STEM learning through user-centered design and experimentation, we’ve seen tremendous solutions emerge. It will be exciting to watch the range of solutions evolve and unfold.”




ExpandED Schools is a NYC-based nonprofit working to ensure that all kids, from every zip code, have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. The organization gives children more hours in the school day, more role models in the classroom and infuses the learning with arts, STEM, sports and character-building activities – the supports and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, confident and successful adults. Since its founding in 1998, when it created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programming, ExpandED Schools has closed the learning gap for more than 920,000 kids. To learn more, please visit ExpandEDSchools.org

To schedule an interview with or to learn more about ExpandED Schools, please contact Deb Levy at dlevy@expandedschools.org or (646) 943-8712.



100Kin10 is 280+ member network formed in response to the moonshot call to put 100,000 new, excellent STEM teachers in America’s classrooms by 2021. Though their pioneering networked impact approach, 100Kin10 encourages multi-sector collaboration and provides the vision and resources to help nonprofits, foundations, academic institutions and businesses meet their ambitious commitments to educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. More information is available at www.100kin10.org.

To schedule an interview with Talia Milgrom-Elcott or to learn more about 100Kin10, please contact Fiona Druge at Fiona.Druge@berlinrosen.com or (646) 755-6126.