Three Major Initiatives — One Big Goal

The vision of the Rodel Foundation of Arizona is to improve Arizona’s public education system so that it is widely recognized as one of the best in the country by 2020.

Each cohort of the Rodel Principal Initiative provides professional development, field experience and mentorship to a class of Rodel Aspiring Principals, better preparing them to lead their own high-needs schools.

The Rodel Teacher Initiative seeks out and honors extraordinary teachers in our schools, and asks them to mentor high-potential student teachers getting ready to enter the profession.

Rodel’s Math 20/20 Initiative provides unique and comprehensive professional development to Arizona teachers and school leaders, using a systemic approach to improving math education throughout the state.

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  • The Wright Path

    Join Us for Saturdays on the Wright Path

    Rodel and the David Wright House are proud to announce the first of a series of educational opportunities for learners of all ages to explore the masterpiece in our own backyard! In partnership with the David Wright House we will present students in grades 2-8 with an opportunity to explore the house and grounds designed by the man Philip Johnson called “the greatest architect of the nineteenth-century.”

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    Chandler Unified School District – Rodel Leadership Academy

    An innovative new partnership with the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has led to the creation of the first district leadership program that delivers Rodel Principal Initiative professional development directly to aspiring leaders within an Arizona school district. The CUSD Rodel Leadership Academy integrates Rodel’s proven professional development and mentor network with Chandler’s unique requirements,…

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    Meet the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principals

    The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is proud to announce that eight outstanding Arizona school leaders have been named 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principals. These principals, representing the best in the state, have been selected for their demonstrated ability to inspire their staffs to contribute to school-wide success and the development of a campus that is high…

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    Principal Initiative Expands to Coconino County, Arizona

    A new partnership with Northern Arizona University is leading to the expansion of the Rodel Principal Initiative to include recognition of Rodel Exemplary Principal mentors and Aspiring Principal mentees in Coconino County. The Rodel Principal Initiative has previously named Exemplary Principals from Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma Counties. “Great leaders aren’t born, they are made.…

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Think Training Doesn’t Help Teachers? Think Again!

Dismal reports on the state of our education system are nothing new. A recent story, however, set off alarm bells not only in the education media but also hit the Wall Street Journal. The findings in the report by TNTP, formerly the New Teacher Project, were shocking…it concluded that while school districts spend an average of $18,000 per teacher annually on professional development, only three out of 10 teachers among the 10,000 surveyed saw substantial improvement in their practice and two out of 10 teachers actually saw their performance decline. Clearly, it’s time to stop wasting time and money on ineffective professional development, but does any of it work? A 2013 report by the Center for Public Education cites research concluding that effective professional development is based on the following principles:

  • The content must be subject and grade level specific and of sufficient duration to allow time for teachers to learn a new strategy and grapple with how to implement it
  • Teachers must be supported during the implementation stage to handle the specific challenges of changing classroom practice
  • Teachers’ exposure to a concept should not be passive, they should actively engage and participate in making sense of new practice
  • Modeling is a highly effective way to introduce and help teachers understand a new practice

Here’s some good news, Rodel’s Math 20/20 professional development initiative hits all of these targets and adds other important research-based components to ensure systemic change and sustainability. Our goal is to provide teachers with a deep understanding of the math they are teaching. We all know the old maxim; you can’t teach what you don’t understand. We aim to be the exception and provide professional development that actually works!

The Arizona Education Progress Meter, includes indicators that start with the early years and continue through each important milestone leading up to graduating high school and achieving career training or a degree.

As nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations both committed to Arizona’s future, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizona collaborated to elevate a set of widely accepted indicators by which Arizonans can measure our state’s progress, celebrate successes and take action together. We are pleased to share that Rodel is joining almost 30 leading business and education organizations across the state in supporting this set of indicators and encouraging Arizonans to get engaged. Take a moment to check out the site, including the great success stories, resources and ways you can get involved.

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