Has the pandemic changed skill requirements of our nation’s teachers?
The pandemic is transforming education. Is it also changing the skill requirements for our nations’ teachers? Kevin explores this conversation with noted political scientist and prolific author, Rick Hess and the trailblazer you haven’t heard of, but wish you had – Talia Milgrom-Elcott of 100kin10.
Rick has written more books than most of us could conceive of on our own. A noted scholar and analyst, Rick, brings an extensive background to the discussion. Talia shares her beginnings and inspiration for her powerhouse efforts to support the real-time development of thousands of STEM educators across the country.
Dr. Fredrick (Rick) M. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on K–12 and higher education issues. He is the author of Education Week’s popular blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and a regular contributor to Forbes and The Hill. He also serves as an executive editor of Education Next.
Rick has a master’s degree and doctorate degree in government, in addition to a master’s of education in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brandeis University.
Talia Milgrom-Elcott is the founder and executive director of 100kIn10. Under her leadership, what began as a call in President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in 10 years is becoming a reality. Over the past several years, she’s led sessions or been a featured speaker at the White House, Scientific American, U.S. News STEM Solutions, the National Institutes of Health, and the Yale School of Management. She has been published or profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, CNN Money, and U.S. News and World Report.
Talia’s work was called out as “the most important effort” in STEM teacher preparation by The New York Times in 2013; was celebrated on-stage by President Clinton as his favorite commitment to come out of CGI America, and was applauded by President Obama in a personalized video address to the 100Kin10 network in 2014. In 2015, she was called a “leading STEM communicator” by the White House.
She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Talia clerked for Judge Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and was the first Workers’ Rights Legal Fellow at New York Jobs with Justice. In law school, she spent an extensive amount of time at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and wrote about the role of public/private spaces and institutions.