Promoting high quality professional learning and teacher leadership means promoting a more informed conversation about the challenges teachers face in pursuing excellence. Too often, the complex issues involved become oversimplified, and teachers, who are the single most important in school factor in student learning, go unheard. Yet giving teachers greater voice is essential to empowering them as leaders. That’s why the Arizona K12 Center worked hard to tell the story of the Mitchell 20.
Produced in partnership with Randy Murray Productions, Mitchell 20 reveals the unique passion of a group of teachers, in an inner-city school, determined to take charge of their own professional development and working as a cohort, they pursued through National Board Certification or the single entry alternative, Take One!
Daniela Robles, NBCT, who believed in her colleagues and wanted them all to have a similar experience, led the group. The Arizona K12 Center was instrumental in facilitating this unique school wide engagement. But it was Robles, her fellow teachers, and the Mitchell School’s principal, Linda Crawford, who made it happen. Twenty teachers from a school in the Isaac School District, a district in corrective action, started this journey together.
Mitchell 20 follows the joys and hardships these teachers experienced on their National Board journey. Mitchell20 is an authentic story of teaching in America and while it is a story about 20 teachers in one school in Arizona, we believe it is the story of teachers everywhere.