New School Staffing Strategies Inspired by the Pandemic

Published February 2021
by Lynn Olson, Sandi Jacobs, Tom Toch

Amid the profound disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, some schools and districts have responded with highly innovative staffing and scheduling strategies. They are extending the reach of great teachers, leveraging co-teaching models and teacher teams in new ways, and creating more flexible student groupings and more student-centric classrooms-all with the goal of playing to teachers' strengths, better serving students, and providing more support for educators. This report, from Future Ed and EducationCounsel, explores these new staffing strategies, the conditions that enabled them, how educators have overcome barriers to the innovations, and what it would take to sustain and scale them post-pandemic.