Next Education Workforce

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

2022-23 SYLLABUS
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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.


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Contact Debbie Magee, director, AASA Leadership Network.

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 Engaging in Team-Based Models

Learn more about how to implement team-based models in your district through the Next Education Workforce Learning Cohort.

Learning Cohort  

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

Between September 2022 and January 2023, we will host a series of five virtual meetings, in which you will: 

  • Hear from superintendents and principals who have designed team-based staffing models
  • Learn about the core elements of team-based models and see multiple examples of these models in action  
  • Receive concrete resources for creating instructional, staff, budget, and communication plans 
  • 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)  

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Contact Jack Smith, AASA Lead for Next Education Workforce at or Debbie Magee, Director, Leadership Network at