Research agenda

In partnership with PK–12 districts and schools, Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College aims to understand how schools and districts are adopting Next Education Workforce models, and how those models are associated with outcomes for both learners and educators.

Many stakeholders have informed the creation and iterations of this research agenda. A committee of MLFTC faculty members and staff drives the formation of the high-level research agenda, taking input from school system leaders and school-based leaders. Researchers then formulate aligned research questions with input from stakeholders invested in the answers to those questions, including school leaders, educators, students and families.

Implementation and Scaling

  • The model: How are Next Education Workforce models implemented? How does implementation vary across contexts?
  • Transformation: How do schools and systems move from more traditional models to sustainable Next Education Workforce models?
  • Conditions: What are the required resources and enabling conditions that allow for scale-up of Next Education Workforce models beyond initial adopters? What policies support or inhibit implementation?


  • Educators: Do Next Education Workforce models improve educator outcomes?
    • Key outcomes include satisfaction, retention, effectiveness, diversity
  • Students: Do Next Education Workforce models improve student outcomes?
    • Key outcomes include academic growth, attendance, sense of belonging, whole child outcomes, network of support
  • Schools and Systems: Do Next Education Workforce models improve systems-level outcomes?
    • Key outcomes include enrollment, educator recruitment and retention, family satisfaction


  • Essential elements: What are the essential elements of Next Education Workforce models that lead to improved outcomes? Are particular elements more important at key transformational stages?
  • Variation: How do impacts vary across students, educators, schools, and systems? Under what conditions are these models most successful?