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What is the Next Education Workforce?

To build the Next Education Workforce, MLFTC works 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 better ways to enter the profession, specialize and advance.

Changing the model: Building the Next Education Workforce

What’s normal in education is broken. 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. The job is hard in specific ways that inhibit success. That’s not good for educators. It’s not good for learners. And it’s not good for communities. In collaboration with school and community partners, Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is working to change that.

Podcast: What is the Next Education Workforce?

“What if we’ve got it all wrong? What if we don’t have a teacher shortage problem but instead a workforce design problem?” In this podcast, Brent Maddin, executive director of the Next Education Workforce Initiative, defines what we mean by “Next Education Workforce” and shares how MLFTC is partnering with schools and districts to build effective Next Education Workforce models.

Elements of the Next Education Workforce

Learn about the key elements of Next Education Workforce models.



Elements briefs

Dive deeper into each of the big ideas highlighted in the Elements of the Next Education Workforce. Each brief asks three questions:

  • “What does this element look like in action?” 
  • “What evidence do we have that this element is associated with positive outcomes?”
  • “How might this element be a catalyst for educational equity?”

Teams of educators with distributed expertise  
Deeper and personalized learning  
Specializations and advancement pathways