How Can HR Support Great STEM Teaching?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching and learning in the U.S. requires rethinking. As the need for STEM skills in the global marketplace grows, our student performance on international indicators lags. 1 Ensuring a great STEM teacher for every student, every day provides a strong vision to reverse this troubling trend.

Meanwhile, Human Resources (HR) departments in school systems can and should play a critical role in finding, growing, deploying, and retaining great STEM teachers. Unfortunately, today many HR teams function with a compliance and transactional orientation, often enforcing outdated and inflexible policies that negatively impact a school system?s ability to attract and retain great STEM teachers.

With generous funding and support from the Carnegie Corporation, we have researched school systems and organizations to outline how HR can redefine its role to support great STEM Teaching.

U.S. math and science achievement is lagging

In 2012, the U.S. finished 27th in math and 20th in science out of 34 countries.

It starts with strategic retention

The U.S. needs 25,000 new STEM teachers each year to replace teachers who retire or leave the profession.