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ERIC Number: ED512649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
How Boomers Can Contribute to Student Success: Emerging Encore Career Opportunities in K-12 Education
Foster, Elizabeth
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
Too many students are struggling to succeed, and too many new teachers are quitting the profession, leaving administrators desperately looking for new ways to stop both from happening. At the same time, a growing number of veteran teachers are retiring or approaching retirement, taking with them the very experience that could help students and new teachers. There's a cadre of professionals ready to make an impact on education: Boomers--with the skills, life experience and desire to help--can bring critical, readily available support to schools in need of targeted expertise. Many who are retired or nearing traditional retirement age, including veteran teachers, are looking for opportunities to re-enter or remain in the work force. Surveys show that many of the 78 million boomers want encore careers--a second act that combines social impact with meaningful work and continued compensation. This paper examines the benefits of encouraging experienced boomers to play new roles in classrooms and schools as adjunct teachers, mentors, content advisers, project coordinators and tutors, among others. The findings are drawn from three case studies and the interviews conducted to develop them; an analysis of selected data from the federal Schools and Staffing Survey; and original research by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF). In addition to highlighting some good work already happening, the author offers insight into the ways that both veteran teachers and encore workers from other fields can help make schools and districts more effective, improve teacher retention and ultimately increase student achievement. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Teaching and America's Future