Creating effective teams with community educators

Community educator graphic
June 17, 2022
Dolores Tropiano


Next Education Workforce models are a team-based approach to staffing schools developed by Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. And community educators are essential to that team. 

Community educator is an umbrella term that describes individuals who provide capacity and insight in service of deepening and personalizing student learning. They enrich learning environments by forging authentic relationships, sharing expertise and expanding networks. They work in schools, community-based organizations and anywhere that learning happens.

MLFTC has developed resources to help schools build a network of community educators. Free courses are also being developed for members of the community that wish to volunteer as community educators. 

Learn more about these resources, which include: 

  • Educator perspectives on the value of community educators in schools
  • An introduction to training for community educators
  • Tips for identifying and engaging with community educators
  • Guidance for leveraging community educators — and others — in online and hybrid setting
  • And more


View community educator resources.


View all Next Education Workforce resources.