Next Education Workforce

AASA has partnered with Mary Lou Fulton Teacher College at Arizona State University on the Next Education Workforce.

Today's Staffing Models Aren't Working

The default one-teacher, one-classroom model of schooling is unsustainable for most educators. As a result, our education system does not reliably deliver learning outcomes and experiences for nearly enough people. With the disruptions caused by COVID, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity – and obligation – to fundamentally redesign how we staff schools. AASA has teamed up with Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to help school systems build the Next Education Workforce.


Teams of Educators with Distributed Expertise

We believe that teams of educators who share a common, larger roster of students can work together to deliver better outcomes for learners and make the job of teaching more rewarding and sustainable.


Teams of educators capitalize on their distributed expertise. Each educator brings a set of unique skills and strengths. Some are better at communicating with families; others excel at building class culture or data-driven instruction. Team-based models allow them to lean into their strengths. Furthermore, if an educator is absent, the team can dynamically adjust to minimize disruptions to learning

Opportunity to Create More Dynamic Staffing Models

 Moving away from the one-teacher, one-classroom model of staffing schools creates new opportunities for role differentiation and specialization. Schools implementing these models have created new positions for teachers who lead teams; designed specialized roles for paraeducators, part-time and retired teachers; and figured out how to create sustainable, paid teacher residencies. They have created new cross-team roles and meaningfully incorporated community educators as members of their teams. The model below captures some of these ideas.


Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is studying outcomes associated with these models and very early results from pilot sites are encouraging: greater reading and mathematics growth and improved attendance at the elementary level; reduced referrals and suspensions and increased Algebra passing rates in secondary settings. Early educator outcomes suggest positive differences in leading indicators associated with educator retention.

Next Steps for Launching Team-Based Models

 We have created two paths for districts interested in designing team-based staffing models.

Launching Cohort

For systems and schools looking to launch team-based models in Fall 2022.

We strongly suggest starting small: pick one school or a few schools that will launch with a few (1-3) teams. MLFTC and AASA have created the following supports to help systems launch team-based models in Fall 2022. 

  • Districts should identify a point-person for this work (at least 0.20 FTE)
  • At least monthly meetings for district point people (virtual)
  • Monthly, regional cohort meetings for school leaders and their teams (virtual)
  • Access to resources and support from ASU and AASA’s Learning 2025 Network 

Cohort Fee:
$5,000 includes participation for up to three (3) schools. 

Additional schools can be added on for an extra $1,000 per school (see program add-on options during checkout).



Learning Cohort

For systems and schools interested in exploring team-based models and launching in Fall 2023 and beyond.

Between October 2022 and March 2023, we will host a series of four virtual meetings, in which you will:

  • Hear from superintendents and principals who have designed team-based staffing models
  • Receive concrete resources for sharing about team-based staffing models with important stakeholder groups
  • See examples of the range of staffing models other systems have designed
  • Determine in which schools and with which grade level(s) your district might launch team-based models

Participants in the Learning Cohort will also receive invitations to learning visits hosted by ASU and Arizona districts, as well as discounted registration to the annual Next Education Workforce National Summit (virtual, February 8-9).

Cohort Fee:

$2,000 per district team (up to 5 individuals)