It’s time to build the Next Education Workforce
Learn how to build team-based staffing models
The School Superintendents Association and Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College have teamed up to help school systems build the Next Education Workforce.
The default one-teacher, one-classroom model of schooling is unsustainable for most educators. We have an opportunity — and obligation — to fundamentally redesign how we staff schools.
Why redesign how we staff schools?
- Most early-career teachers are surviving, not thriving
- Delivering deeper and personalized learning for all students is nearly impossible when working alone
- Teaching remains an isolating profession and teachers lack opportunity to collaborate and the autonomy typically given to members of other professions
- On the whole, the educator workforce lacks the rich diversity of the students it serves
How do we create more dynamic staffing models?
One solution will not address all of the challenges listed above. However, we believe that teams of educators can work together to deliver better outcomes for learners and make the job of teaching more rewarding.
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 educators to lean into their strengths. Furthermore, if an educator is absent, the team can dynamically adjust to minimize disruptions to learning.
Team-based staffing models also create new opportunities for role differentiation and specialization. Schools building these models have created lead teacher positions; designed new roles for paraeducators, part-time and retired teachers; and created sustainable, paid teacher residencies. Models look different in elementary and secondary environments. And differently in rural and urban communities. Context drives the design.
View school spotlights to learn how different schools are applying elements of the Next Education Workforce.
How can I start exploring team-based models?
The AASA Learning Cohort is designed for system-level leaders interested in exploring team-based models and launching in Fall 2024 and beyond.
At the culmination of these four virtual sessions, participants will take a differentiated pathway based on their readiness to pilot team-based staffing models in the 24–25 school year.
Beginning in Spring 2024,
- Teams who are not ready to pilot team-based staffing models will have the opportunity to continue in the Learning Cohort with office hours and tailored group sessions.
- Teams who are ready to begin designing pilots will be invited to the Leader Launchpad, the next professional learning series intended for school-level leaders
Learn more. Registration closes Sept. 15, 2023.
Who do I contact to learn more?
Reach out to Jan Vesely, former superintendent and ASU–AASA Partnership Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the movement
Interested in partnering with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to build team-based staffing models? Explore the following opportunities for school and system leaders.