It’s time for the Next Education Workforce

Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and The School Superintendents Association (AASA)

February 2022

What if we don’t have a teacher shortage, but instead, a shortage of people who want to teach?

The default one-teacher, one-classroom model of schooling is unsustainable for most educators. As a result, our education system does not reliably deliver quality learning outcomes and experiences for nearly enough people. With the disruptions caused by COVID, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity — and obligation — to fundamentally redesign how we staff schools. The School
Superintendents Association (AASA) through its Learning 2025 Network (aasacentral.org/learning2025) and Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) have teamed up to help school systems build the Next Education Workforce (workforce.education.asu.edu). Below, we lay out the challenge, the opportunity and the next steps.