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    Next Education Workforce

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The challenge

Nationally, teacher preparation programs have long seen declining enrollment. Teachers switch careers or retire early. They receive less pay and enjoy less social status than many other professionals. We ask teachers to be all things to all people at all times. The job is hard in specific ways that inhibit success. As a result, our education system does not reliably deliver quality learning outcomes and experiences for nearly enough people and communities.

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Meeting the challenge

The Next Education Workforce initiative starts with the conviction that, if we’re not getting the workforce or the learning outcomes we want, we need to redesign the profession, the workplace and how we prepare people for both. We work with schools and other partners to 1) provide all students with deeper and personalized learning by building teams of educators with distributed expertise and 2) empower educators by developing new opportunities for role-based specialization and advancement.

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Work in progress

We work in deep, socially embedded collaboration with partner schools, districts and educators. Work in progress includes: providing team-based professional experiences for teacher candidates; fielding new roles and team structures for in-service educators; designing a prototype school of the future; conducting research into our own work; developing a robust array of professional resources that support individual educators, teams and organizational leaders.

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