Every so often an idea comes across your desk that\u2019s so simple\u2014and so needed\u2014that you scratch your head and wonder why no one has thought of it before.Such an idea recently popped up in my inbox. Transition to Teaching is an IBM program that provides an innovative solution to the critical shortage of science and math teachers in America. What it does is help any IBM employee interested in teaching take the necessary steps \u201cso that employees with bachelor\u2019s degrees or credentials in math, science and related fields can more easily complete the preparation to become K-12 teachers,\u201d according to IBM.This is a win-win idea for several reasons. First, it fulfills a desperate need. According to the U.S. Department of Education, American public schools need to find 2.4 million new teachers by 2012 to replace the 42 percent of all K-12 teachers who are currently over 50 and soon will be retiring. That\u2019s a worrisome statistic. But what may be worse is the fact that this group includes up to 80 percent of the current teaching corps who are teaching science and math \u201cout of field\u201d (that is, without math or science degrees). Second, programs like Transition to Teaching could reach out to the millions of technology workers, skilled and educated in math, science, engineering, who also will be retiring. These baby boomers still have a lot to offer. They just need to be certified as teachers. And they need willing and farsighted employers to support such a transition.As they say in the Guinness commercials, \u201cBrilliant!\u201dFinally, it will work. One of the operative concepts in the tech business is \u201cscalability.\u201d Technologies that scale usually win out over those that don\u2019t. Turning tech workers into math and science teachers scales like all get-out. All of us in the tech business share a responsibility to improve how math and science are taught in our K-12 classrooms. IBM is on the right track with Transition to Teaching. Are you interested in replicating the idea? Contact me and I will gladly put you in touch with the team at IBM that is leading this groundbreaking initiative.