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Get the Facts OutGet the Facts Out (GFO) is a partnership between the Colorado School of Mines and six national societies: the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers,  National Council for Women in Information Technology, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, and the American Association for Employment in Education. GFO began in 2015 and is a unique project that is designed to reach STEM majors in a large fraction of all U.S. universities and has the potential to significantly address teacher shortages.

Repairing the Reputation of the Teaching Profession

GFO is a radical change in practice which shares positive facts about the profession through research-based, user-tested resources designed to help recruit and retain teachers. The GFO Project Team continually works to update and improve these resources as well as provide support to those who use them.

These resources, and all other content on this website, are intended to be used broadly. We encourage anyone to use and distribute these materials within the terms of the Creative Commons license.


Teachers in the U.S. rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.

Start celebrating the positives of the profession!

If the only narratives and stories out there are negative, that’s what will get picked up; it’s also important to share the positives of the profession to provide some much-needed balance.



Colorado School of Mines

Adams’ Project Team leads the Get the Facts Out efforts from Mines.  GFO was born out of the partnerships that developed Teach@Mines, which offers pathways for all Mines students, undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni to earn a teaching license.

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Wendy Adams, Director Teach@Mines, Physics Research Professor
Vince Kuo, Physics Teaching Professor
Allie Bolter, Director of Operations

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American Physical Society

The APS is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

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Michael Wittmann, Head of Education
Annelise Roti Roti, Education Program Manager


American Chemical Society

The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and has the vision to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. ACS supports a division focused on K-12 education, and sponsors the K- 12 professional teaching society, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT).

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Terri Chambers, Sr. Director, Education Division


American Association of Physics Teachers

The AAPT is a professional physics science society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in physical science education, composed primarily of physics teachers at the secondary and higher education levels.

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Justine Boecker Harren, Interim K-12 Programs Manager
Drew Isola, GFO Director of Community Initiatives

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Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

AMTE is the largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education — it includes over 1,000 members supporting the preservice education and professional development of preK-16 teachers of mathematics. Members include professors, researchers, teacher-leaders, school mathematics coordinators, policy experts, graduate students, and others.

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Kim Gill, Executive Director
Jean Lee, AMTE GFO Task Force Lead


American Associate for Employment in Education

AAEE provides resources and networking opportunities to connect higher education and school systems, both nationally and internationally. Members include professionals from colleges, universities, school systems and non-profit and for-profit organizations. AAEE is a resource and liaison to these professionals, facilitating quality PK-12 hiring practices. Learn more at aaee.org.

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Tim Neubert, Executive Director


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National Science Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1821710 & 1821462.

100K in 10

100Kin10 (Past Supporter)

This project team’s collaborations have been financially supported by 100Kin10 and shepherded through the focused attention of Lauren Baier, Isis Krause, and Nathaniel Schacht. 100Kin10 unites 200+ of the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. 100Kin10 offers partners the vision and resources to amplify their work, accelerate their collective efforts, and education the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. For more information, go to 100Kin10.org or e-mail info@100Kin10.org.

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Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is a partnership between the AAPT and APS, and has a mission to improve and promote the education of future physics teachers. PhysTEC supported sites develop their physics teacher preparation programs into national models by implementing a set of key components that project leaders have identified as critical to success in physics teacher preparation.