Education: Experts on Call

For years, teachers have beseeched parents to lend a hand in schools. Lexington, Mass. has found a way to put them to work. Last week, when Art Teacher Paul Ciano wanted technical advice, all he had to do was flip open a fat new directory of citizen volunteers. He picked out a professional painter, a package designer and an M.I.T. professor of sculpture—all enrolled in a unique campaign to prod outside talent into the town's classrooms.

Like almost every U.S. community, Lexington (pop. 23,500) is full of skilled specialists and passionate hobbyists. Last year Richard Woodward, 36, director of audio-visual education in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!