A new paper from Civic Ventures connects encore careers to a hot topic in education today: how to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Authored by Elizabeth Foster of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, A New Equation: How Encore Careers in Math and Science Education Equal More Success for Students highlights how boomers with various professional backgrounds can partner with schools to help deliver stronger instruction in math and science-related fields. The paper uses three examples to illustrate existing models:
•Rick Marquart, a math teacher who is now a NASA 21st Century Learning Studios coordinator.
•Alan Cleland, a mechanical engineer who is now a teaching apprentice through California's EnCorps Teachers Program.
•Robert Abrams, a finance manager who is now an EcO15 program facilitator
The report concludes with a set of recommendations about how to attract more people to math and science encore careers, and how to make it easier for schools to use these professionals' expertise effectively.