Posted 04/23/2010 - 04:20:10pm by Michele Melendez
Too many students are struggling to succeed, and too many new teachers are quitting the profession. Meanwhile, a growing number of veteran teachers are retiring or approaching retirement, taking the very experience that could help students and new teachers.
Boomers – with the skills, life experience and desire to help – can bring critical, readily available support to schools in need of targeted expertise. In How Boomers Can Contribute to Student Success: Emerging Encore Career Opportunities in K-12 Education, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future details how new approaches to school staffing could improve teacher retention, reduce turnover and increase student achievement.
The organization’s research, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org, identifies emerging jobs that will create learning teams in schools and offer promising opportunities to encore workers: adjunct teachers, teacher coaches or mentors, content advisers, project coordinators, tutors and an assortment of other skilled jobs, from grant writers to community liaisons.