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Jan 25, 2024 | About the initiative, Featured


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 Staffing Summit. The virtual event, which will take place from Feb. 7–8, features presentations and panels from leaders in the field, educators, researchers, school and system leaders, policymakers and funders. Register now to join us.

What is strategic school staffing? 

Strategic school staffing is a movement to fundamentally redesign the educator role and how schools are staffed, benefitting both educators and learners. . Schools are embracing new staffing models to address long standing issues in education and improve teacher satisfaction and learning outcomes. The Strategic School Staffing Summit, now in its sixth year, celebrates these innovative and practical approaches to strategic school staffing with an emphasis on ideas, strategies, practices and conditions that enable a more diverse, team-based education workforce. Below, three presenters at the 2024 Summit share previews of their sessions and answer questions about strategic school staffing: 

A perspective on strategic school staffing from national union leadership

Rob Weil of the American Federation of Teachers discusses collective bargaining, how we can use it to promote strategic school staffing and other issues educators face in the one-teacher, one-classroom model.

Strengthening the education workforce in Michigan

Chris Torres of the University of Michigan discusses Michigan’s education workforce. Chris shared findings from his research on Michigan’s education workforce and the state’s multi-stakeholder approach to strengthening it. 

Addressing structural challenges through strategic school staffing

Kelly Kovacic-Duran, principal consultant at Education First, discusses how strategic school staffing can benefit both educators and learners. Kelly shares how schools can be the unit of change in addressing challenges in education and how this is a pivotal moment to think about how we organize staff in our schools.

Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, will present the Summit keynote. The agenda features nearly 100 other presenters including researchers, educators, school and system leaders and more from some of the following organizations:

  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Center for Public Research and Leadership
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • City Year
  • Educators Rising
  • InnovateEDU
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Leading Educators
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • National Head Start Association
  • National Partnership for Student Success
  • Navigator Schools
  • Teach Plus
  • Teacher-Powered Schools
  • TNTP
  • University of Michigan
  • What School Could Be

View the agenda for the full list of presenters. 

Join us at the Strategic School Staffing Summit

This virtual two-day event is attended by hundreds of stakeholders from across the education ecosystem interested in improving outcomes for students and experiences for educators via strategic school staffing. Register now to save your seat for the 2024 Strategic School Staffing Summit.

Notes about the author:

  • Bruce Watson

    Bruce Watson, EdD serves as senior program manager, marketing and communications for the Next Education Workforce team at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Bruce curates, contributes to, and publishes the Next Education Workforce blog.

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