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

  • Announcement

    Exemplary Teacher Initiative Expands to Yuma County

    A new partnership with the Yuma County School Superintendent and the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma is leading to the expansion of the Rodel Teacher Initiative to include recognition of Rodel Exemplary Teacher mentors and Promising Student Teacher mentees in Yuma County. The Rodel Teacher Initiative has previously named Exemplary Teachers from Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Coconino Counties.

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    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…

Featured Blog

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!

Bonds and Overrides…

What’s the Difference?

This election, there are 28 Valley school districts asking voters to approve funding for expenses like new schools, teacher and staff raises and basic operations.

If you’ve ever wondered why so many Arizona schools ask for help with passing a bond or override, this video is for you. Click the screen to hear just how important bonds and overrides are to Arizona education.

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