Crossing the chasm: How one district is moving its innovative staffing model from pilot to mainstream

Crossing the chasm: How one district is moving its innovative staffing model from pilot to mainstream

Scaling up innovations within school systems is a notoriously difficult process. While new instructional approaches or staffing strategies may catch on within a few classrooms or schools, they often fail to become integrated system-wide. Leaders promoting change can achieve early wins by gaining the support of staff willing to leave behind old practices and try something new,  but then can hit a wall when seeking buy-in from those who are more entrenched or risk-averse.

Momentum builds around new school staffing models

Around the world, educators are breaking from traditional structures used to staff classrooms. A movement is building as schools and systems pursue transformational changes to meet the needs of all students and make the job of teaching more attractive and sustainable....

The Next Education Workforce podcast is back

What are experts from across the education landscape saying about strategic school staffing? We invited three experts to join us on the Next Education Workforce™ podcast for a miniseries on strategic school staffing as we prepare for the virtual 2024 Strategic School...
Next Education Workforce site visits: Models in action

Next Education Workforce site visits: Models in action

What do Next Education Workforce models look like in action? Join us to visit schools that are implementing team-based models.

  • Who is it for? Educator teams, including schools and school system leaders
  • What is the time commitment? 2 days
  • What is the format? In-person
  • What is the cost? Early bird: $350 (ends Feb. 15); Regular price: $500 (including transportation between schools, breakfast and lunch)
2024 Strategic School Staffing Summit speakers announced

2024 Strategic School Staffing Summit speakers announced

What role does strategic staffing play in the future of education? How can new approaches to teaching and learning — like those piloted by Arizona State University’s Next Education Workforce initiative, and others across the country — create better outcomes for...
Next Education Workforce site visits: Models in action

Next Education Workforce one-day school site visits: Dec. 13, 2023

Join us for a special one-day visit to schools that are implementing team-based models.

  • Who is it for? Educator teams; school and school system leaders
  • What is the time commitment? One day (4 hours); Dec. 13, 2023
  • What is the format? In-person
  • What is the cost? $100
Understanding the career aspirations of paraeducators in Mesa Public Schools

Understanding the career aspirations of paraeducators in Mesa Public Schools

In school districts across the country, paraeducators may be referred to as teacher aides, teacher assistants, or instructional aides. They’re all individuals who work in schools under the supervision of a licensed educator and provide support to teachers and students. They may work with students to reinforce learning, implement behavior intervention plans or work closely with school nurses to support students’ medical needs. They may lead small reading groups or assist in planning mini-lessons with their lead teacher. Some are working towards becoming licensed educators. In Arizona and states around the country, they might also be a part of a Next Education Workforce ™ team-based models, where their skills are strengthened through collaboration.