Designing a New Educator Workforce

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Principal investigator

Brent Maddin

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Originating sponsor

Walton Family Foundation

The challenge

Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and local school partners are co-designing new staffing models and deploying teams of educators. This Next Education Workforce initiative was created to make schooling more individualized for students, and the job of teaching more sustainable for educators. These models have the potential to improve outcomes for both students and educators in the short-term and, over time, lead to a robust education workforce.

Disseminating the findings of the early years of these programs is essential to allowing other schools and districts to implement and benefit from the model currently in place in 80 schools in 14 Phoenix, Arizona area districts.

The approach

A grant from the Walton Family Foundation will enable MLFTC to develop tools and resources for partners in Arizona and beyond. They will include:

  • Videos, including interviews and tours of team-based models
  • Sample job descriptions for new roles
  • Descriptions of team-based configurations and learning space layouts
  • Collaboration resources, such as meeting agendas and reflection tools
  • Annotated schedules, team-based lesson plans and instructional strategies

Two national convenings will be offered around the workforce initiative, in 2020 and 2021, with the goals of:

  • Building momentum for next education workforce models
  • Showcasing schools implementing new models
  • Building communities of practice around particular themes, including  instructional models, finance, human resources, policy, learning spaces, teacher preparation
  • Sharing the research agenda and inviting others to participate in that work

Finally, MLFTC will create a website at which a comprehensive toolkit for implementing the workforce model is available as an open-access resource.

Findings and impact

This funding for the Next Education Workforce initiative continues through Oct. 21, 2021. Currently, nearly 400 teacher candidates are deployed through the team-based model.