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.

Featured News

  • AZ State Capitol

    Rodel Principal Initiative Round Table with AZ Gov. Doug Ducey

    Last Friday, representatives of Rodel’s Principal Initiative sat down with Gov. Doug Ducey and his Education Policy Advisor Dawn Wallace in a round table discussion of the challenges facing public education in Arizona. The Rodel Principal Initiative representatives included: Alicia Alvarez, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Alta Vista High School in Tucson Brett Bonner,…

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    Fall 2015 Rodel Promising Student Teachers Named

    The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is pleased to announce the latest class of Rodel Promising Student Teachers (RPSTs) from Arizona colleges of education. These 19 high-potential students will be mentored by Rodel Exemplary Teachers as they begin their student teaching experience during the fall 2015 semester. Name College or University Allison Arriaga Arizona State University…

  • Rodel Aspiring Principals 2015

    2015 Rodel Aspiring Principals Named

    The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has named 26 educators from across Arizona to the 2015 cohort of Rodel Aspiring Principals. Next month these individuals will begin training, shadowing and building a network with Rodel Exemplary Principal mentors as they prepare to become principals of Arizona schools. Name Title School, District City Joel Bacalia Assistant Principal…

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    Rodel Teacher Initiative Featured in GCU Today

    We’re very proud of the work featured in this article about the Grand Canyon University College of Education partnership with Rodel. It’s a nice inside look at how Rodel Exemplary Teachers mentor Rodel Promising Student Teachers as they prep to lead their own classrooms, and the importance of mentorship for early-career teachers.


Why These Standards?

There’s a lot of conflict surrounding Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards these days.

But, let’s look at the facts. These standards are NOT the result of federal overreach into our local schools. They were reviewed and commented on by an Arizona team of content experts, which included our own Dr. Kim Rimbey.

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