Professional learning

Explore opportunities to launch team-based school staffing models, see innovative schools in action and more.

Prepare to launch team-based school models

Arizona State University’s Next Education Workforce offers three professional learning experiences designed to support schools and systems interested in exploring team-based models and launching in Fall 2024 and beyond. Systems typically:

  1. Explore models at Learning Cohort in Fall 2023
  2. Prepare to launch at Leader Launchpad in Winter 2024
  3. Ready their pilot educator team or teams at Summer Institutes in Summer 2024

What is the Next Education Workforce?

Explore how the Next Education Workforce Initiative is working to redesign education for educators and learners. Or, explore Elements of the Next Education Workforce found across dozens of schools that have launched successful team-based models. 


Learning Cohort

Explore team-based models in this 4-session virtual cohort.

Who: Systems-level leaders and innovative building-level leaders and teacher leaders

When: September – November 2023


Leader Launchpad

Learn to design Next Education Workforce school pilots for 2024–25.

Who: School leaders and teacher leaders

When: January – February 2024


Summer Institutes

Jumpstart your team’s implementation and planning for the fall.

Who: New and established educator teams

When: Summer 2024 

See Next Education Workforce models in action

Site Visits

Visit Arizona schools that are implementing team-based models.

These two-day events open with an introduction to the Next Education Workforce and feature site visits to either elementary or secondary settings. At each school, you will have the opportunity to tour the learning space and interact with school leaders, educator team members, and students. After the site visits, you will work with the Next Education Workforce team to consider how you can apply what you’ve learned to your own context.

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Explore learning opportunities for educator teams

Deep Dives

Deepen your practice around elements of Next Education Workforce models with an elements-aligned deep dive.

Elements-aligned deep dives are professional learning opportunities that allow teams and individuals to deepen their practice around particular elements of Next Education Workforce models. Sessions in each topical deep dive series build on each other and include dedicated time for teams and individuals to apply their learning to their own contexts.

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Connect with other leaders and educators implementing team-based models

Office Hours

Address just-in-time questions about team-based models

Designed to address just-in-time questions that emerge as schools launch team-based models, Next Education Workforce office hours are flexible and informal. This is an open time for leaders and educators working with team-based models to connect with the Next Education Workforce and to learn from each other. Bring your questions and ideas to share with others!

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Additional opportunities for schools and systems

Grant opportunity for California schools

The Next Education Workforce initiative and Thrive have joined to help California schools pilot, design and implement innovative staffing models.

Opportunity Now Colorado Grant Program

Colorado schools interested in launching at least one team can now receive a year of strategic planning and support.

AASA Learning Cohort

The School Superintendents Association through its Learning 2025 Network and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College have teamed up to help school systems build the Next Education Workforce.

How do I learn more?

Join us for a free, monthly Next Education Workforce information session. These 1-hour virtual meetings include question and answer sessions with a member of the Next Education Workforce team.