Education leaders want to give boomers who are not yet ready to retire a second chance to practice their acquired skills. The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is hoping to pair teachers with baby boomer retirees in an effort to better educate the nation’s children.
“There are 78 million baby boomers in the workforce, and they will be the largest, healthiest, most accomplished generation of retirees we’ve ever had,” NCTAF President Tom Carroll tells eSchool News. “[The system] creates a powerful learning environment for students, it gives teachers the support they need, and it’s giving those retirees an outlet.”
The project will team STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) retirees with licensed teachers. The STEM program is an education coalition composed of advocates from more than 600 diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce, according to the organization’s Web site.