The Arizona K12 Center facilitates and supports a range of programs that directly impact classroom performance, empower teacher leaders, and enhance learning communities. Based on data-driven research, proven best practices, and on-going evaluation, these programs are designed to address the unique needs of Arizona’s teachers and are aligned with the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Forward’s Professional Learning Standards. By doing so, we address the needs of Arizona’s students. In addition, these programs are developed to be affordable and efficient for teachers, given their limited time and budgets, and to truly serve Arizona’s educators on a statewide basis.
Eight signature programs stand out and we encourage you to take the time to learn more.
- Arizona’s Master Teacher Program helps identify Master Teachers to work with the newest members of the teaching profession. Working with qualifying districts and in partnership with the New Teacher Center, we train Master Teachers through Mentor Academies and Mentor Forums over a three-year period. It is this kind of sustained support that yields results.
- National Board Certification is the gold standard of the teaching profession. More importantly, something we believe all teachers should strive towards. Working in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Arizona K12 Center provides the resources necessary for a meaningful experience as a teacher challenges the rigorous standards of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Lesson2Life is a professional learning opportunity that connects teachers throughout Arizona with local businesses to bridge the gap between the workplace and the classroom. The Lesson2Life program brings education and business together to better prepare students to be workforce and college ready with the skills necessary to be successful citizens in a rapidly changing world. It allows teachers to see firsthand the skills needed in today's workplace while educating businesses about the current reality of today's education system.
- Mitchell 20, a documentary produced in partnership with Randy Murray Productions, followed 20 teachers at an urban school in Phoenix, Arizona as they pursued National Board Certification. What started out as a simple story about 20 teachers evolved into a story about teaching in our highest needs schools. We believe that when we share the stories of these teachers and celebrate their contributions, we are telling the stories of teachers everywhere. We believe Mitchell 20 is a story about education in America.
- The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) supports districts, schools and educators in infusing technology into their classrooms. The Matrix associates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments with five levels of technology integration. The learning characteristics are: active, constructive, goal directed, authentic, and collaborative. The technology levels are: entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation. This five by five matrix yields 25 cells, each containing two lesson plans accompanied by brief videos of each lesson. Each lesson is designed to show technology in action in the classroom and have recently been updated to incorporate the Common Core State Standards. As a whole, the Technology Integration Matrix serves as an extensive, yet easy to use, resource for educators seeking to deploy technology to enrich meaningful instruction.
- The Arizona K12 Center launched the Arizona TeacherSolutions® 2030 Team in partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ). Twenty solutions-focused educators from across the state of Arizona make up the team and represent diverse contexts and areas of expertise. This unique endeavor began in 2011 as an effort to create an innovative vision for the future of teaching and learning in Arizona, and forging new pathways to a better future of Arizona students by the year 2030.
- The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (CCSSO, 2012) provide a common language, setting the bar high for educator excellence. The Arizona K12 Center believes that when standards guide the growth and development of teachers, learners in classrooms benefit. The Standards Continuum Guide for Reflective Teaching Practice is an invaluable resource intended to foster the growth and development of teaching professionals.
- The Arizona K12 Center is launching a new program called Ed Week…Every Week whereby once a week teacher leaders will gather to talk about one article from a recent edition of Education Week. Discussions will take place in an online interactive environment where it is most convenient to you.