As a top-tier college of education at a Research I university, Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is bringing its research capabilities to bear on the work of the Next Education Workforce.

Research agenda

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College works with schools in multiple school districts to implement Next Education Workforce models. While the specific shape of these models varies according to those schools’ particular needs, the defining characteristic of Next Education Workforce models is how they bring together teams of educators with distributed expertise in order to deepen and personalize learning for students. They also seek to empower educators by developing new opportunities for role-based specialization and advancement.

Now, with its K–12 school partners, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has developed a research agenda in order to generate evidence-based knowledge about the relationships between Next Education Workforce models and outcomes for both learners and educators.

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Publications and presentations

Teacher preparation

During the 2018–19 academic year, MLFTC launched a new team-based residency program with two Arizona school districts to address the workforce design problem at the heart of the state’s teacher shortage. The whitepaper describes this new model from a variety of stakeholders’ perspectives; the accompanying implementation briefs capture several of the model’s key components in greater detail.
Read the white paper Read the implementation briefs

Community educators

Community educators play a pivotal role on teams with distributed expertise and bring additional capacity, insight and expertise to classrooms. They also can help students expand their social networks. This report captures perspectives from teachers, as well as school and district leaders, about how community educators have impacted their work with children and how they might improve upon what is already happening.
Read the report

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

Several faculty members and doctoral students have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters about their work researching Next Education Workforce models. These articles and chapters include:


In our effort to challenge long-held assumptions in education by building teams of educators with distributed expertise, we have given a variety of presentations on Next Education Workforce models, providing information on:

  • The transition from traditional staffing models to Next Education Workforce models
  • Ways to increase the effectiveness and retention of educators
  • Students’ academic development, social-emotional growth and ability to develop rich social networks and diverse relationships with peers and adults

See where we’ve presented

Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

The Education Commission is a global initiative encouraging greater progress on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Dean Carole Basile serves on the international steering group for the Commission’s Education Workforce Initiative, and our faculty have contributed their expertise in several reports supporting this work.

Sponsored projects

Designing a New Educator Workforce

Online resources and national convenings made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation will support innovation in human capital structures.

Originating Sponsor: Walton Family Foundation

Higher Education Partnership–Morocco

A $5M USAID-funded grant supports a collaboration to create a comprehensive, 21st-century curriculum for primary grade teacher education.

Direct Sponsor: U.S. Agency for International Development

Teacher Candidate Pilot Documentation

A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding open-access resources to document the deployment of team-based teacher residencies.

Originating Sponsor: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Partner with us

MLFTC is seeking research partners. If you are interested in partnering with us, email