Professional development for educators
The Arizona K12 Center improves teaching and learning through high-quality professional development. The organization is a one-of-a-kind hub that supports educators along the teaching continuum. For 20 years, the Center has focused on enhancing leadership, expanding learning, and unveiling inspiration for Arizona’s teachers, impacting countless students across the state. Connect with staff and friends of the Center to make your mark on Arizona’s students of today, the leaders of tomorrow.Arizona Teacher Residency
The Arizona K12 Center is thrilled to announce the creation of the Arizona Teacher Residency, a first-of-its-kind graduate program in Arizona modeled after medical residencies, to help recruit, prepare, support, and retain K-12 teachers. The two-year program provides aspiring teachers with in-classroom experience, cost-of-living stipends, a master’s degree, and a job at a partnering school district. Discover more about this brand new opportunity for Arizona's aspiring teachers!
New Teacher Support
Districts make an investment in every new teacher they hire. The Arizona K12 Center trains and supports mentors who in turn, support the newest members of the teaching profession. Learning opportunities specifically designed for the beginning teacher are provided throughout the year. An investment we make in our teachers is an investment we make in our students.
National Board Guidance
Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certification is a rigorous and reflective process that requires teachers to showcase the National Board Standards and student learning in their practice. The Arizona K12 Center provides guidance and fee support to teachers as they seek National Board Certification.
Teacher Leader Development
Teacher leader is not a title but rather bold actions to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. There is no one path to follow. Teacher leaders use their influence, skills, and expertise beyond the walls of their classrooms to improve education for all children.
Professional Learning Plan Toolkit
In this convenient toolkit, you will find:
Guide for Learning Communities: A step-by-step guide containing reflective questions, collaborative protocols, and activities for team development that follow a sequence to engage teams on a path toward collaborative inquiry.
Reflective Tool: A writing space to document professional learning goals, areas of focus, a plan for professional learning activities, resources, timelines, data collection and analysis, and reflection.
Standards Continuum Guide for Reflective Teaching Practice: A comprehensive exploration of the inTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, including reflective questions and a thorough self-assessment along a continuum of growth and development.
2022-2023 Calendar of Events
Each year the Arizona K12 Center creates a Calendar of Events. Our publication includes dates and short descriptions for the professional learning opportunities we will offer during the school year. Physical copies of our Calendar of Events are free and can be picked up at our events or mailed to you. Grab two, one for you and one for a colleague. These posters also look great hanging up in your school collaborative space. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!
Professional Learning Plan: Reflective Tool
After the initial purchase of a complete Professional Learning Plan Toolkit, additional Reflective Tools can be purchased as a replacement for the original tool included. This Reflective Tool provides writing space to document professional learning goals, areas of focus, a plan for professional learning activities, resources, timelines, data collection and analysis, and reflection.
Professional Learning Snapshot
The Professional Learning Plan involves a three-pronged approach that combines high and worthwhile goal setting, rigorous standards for students and educators, and professional learning opportunities that meet the needs of individual contexts and communities. This publication is a snapshot of the Professional Learning Plan and a great resource to share with building administration and colleagues interested in learning more.
Arizona K12 Center Informational Brochure
Are you new to the Arizona K12 Center and interested in learning more about the services we offer? Request your free brochure today and if you would like more information we would be happy to speak with you.
"One person’s pursuit of excellence raises the standards and performance of everyone around them. A teacher has the potential to change a student’s trajectory, a class culture, a school’s ethos, a district’s vision, a nation’s future."
Christie Olsen, NBCT
Lake Havasu Unified School District
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How can the Arizona K12 Center support you?
Regardless of where you are along the continuum of practice, the Center can provide you with unparalleled professional learning opportunities and support. Whether you’re looking for content-specific training, technology integration assistance, mentoring and induction support, a partner in the National Board Certification process, or opportunities for teacher leadership, there’s a place for you in one (or many) of the Center’s offerings. We look forward to supporting you to be your best, so that kids can be their best.Contact Us