Inspiring Arizona’s Children Since 2000
The Arizona K12 Center was founded in 1999 and rooted in the belief that when teachers learn…kids learn. We have a rich history supporting teachers throughout Arizona through innovative and relevant learning opportunities. Our work is grounded in proven practices that work. Whether it is the relationships one has in the classroom and with teachers or the those we have with partners and policymakers, we exist solely to support Arizona’s teachers to improved practice.
When teachers learn…kids learn; when teachers lead…kids lead; and when teachers are inspired…Arizona’s kids are inspired.
July 1, 1999
A Vision Established
In her 1999 State of the State address, Governor Jane Dee Hull called for the creation of the Arizona K12 Center that would support teacher professional development so that teachers, in turn, could enhance their students' learning.
Administration of Professional Development Grants Begin
The Arizona 12 Center begins funding professional development grants to schools throughout Arizona.
$2.7M Grant Awarded for Leadership in Technology Institutes
Arizona K12 Center awarded a $2.7M from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Leadership in Technology Institutes.
Character Education Grants
The Center begins administering Character Education Program on behalf of the Arizona Department of Education.
Conversations Begin Around the Master Teacher Program
Conversations begin between the Governor’s Office and the Arizona K12 Center around the development of a Master Teacher Program
$730,000 Grant Awarded for Structure English Immersion Training
The US Department of Education awards the Arizona K12 Center a $730,000 grant to support training teachers in Structured English Immersion.
Arizona K12 Center Joined AzTEP
US Dept of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant awarded to the Governor’s Office to support and retain teachers in Native American communities. The Arizona Teacher Excellence Project (AzTEP) was launched and the Arizona K12 Center became a partner in this grant.
Center Becomes a Direct Provider of Professional Development
The Arizona K12 Center changed its business model and became a direct provider of professional development for teachers throughout the state of Arizona.
Partnership with the Arizona Department of Education
The Center began partnering with the Arizona Department of Education to provide Structure English Immersion Institutes.
Arizona Master Teacher Program Begins
The Center is awarded $665,000 to begin implementation of the Arizona Master Teacher Program.
New Programs Take Root
Mentor Academies and Forums, Teacher Leadership Institute, and Camp Plug and Play are launched
We Have a New Look!
Vision • Learning • Leadership • Technology become the four tenets that frame the work of the Center. The Arizona K12 Center unveils its new logo…a logo designed to focus on collaboration.
The Arizona Master Teacher Program Begins
The Arizona K12 Center is awarded $1M to support and train Arizona’s Master Teachers.
Support for Teachers Seeking National Board Certification
Support commences for teachers throughout Arizona seeking National Board Certification.
First Master Teachers Recognized
Arizona’s first Master Teachers are identified and recognized.
A New Home
To better meet the needs of all Arizona educators, the Arizona K12 Center moves to Space 99.
Arizona’s Master Teacher Program Expands
The Arizona K12 Center is awarded an additional $2M to expand Arizona’s Master Teacher Program.
PASS Finds a New Home
Through partnerships with APS, Motorola, General Dynamics, and Communities in Schools, Partners Advancing Student Success (PASS) finds a new home at the Arizona K12 Center.
Our First Publication…Standards Continuum Guide
Standards for Professional Excellence and Continuum Guide for Teacher Development are published.
Our Website…azk12.org Takes a Space on the World Wide Web
Our website is launched and a monthly newsletter begins.
The Center publishes the Individual Professional Development Plan Workbook…affectionately called the IPDP.
We’re on iTunes!
Arizona K12 Center launches its first podcast on iTunes.
Celebrating Accomplished Teaching in Arizona
The Arizona K12 Center honors Arizona’s newest and renewed National Board Certified Teachers and Master Teachers at its first Celebration of Accomplished Teaching.
Mitchell 20 Begins Production
In partnership with Randy Murray Productions, the Arizona K12 Center follows the 20 teachers from Mitchell Elementary School as they pursue National Board Certification. Check out the trailer.
In partnership with the Arizona Department of Education and the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, the Arizona K12 Center developed the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix (TIM), a resource tool that shares ways teachers can integrate the use of technology into the curriculum. The TIM has been used worldwide and translated into five different languages.
Stories from School AZ…the intersection of policy and practice
To elevate the voices of Arizona’s teachers, Stories from School AZ in partnership with the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP).
The PLC Becomes a Learning Home for AZ Teachers
The Center’s Professional Learning Center (PLC) in Suite 150 opens for business. This additional space provides the Center the opportunity to train teachers on the premises.
Mitchell 20 Premieres in Phoenix
A documentary 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, in their pursuit of National Board Certification.
PASS is rebranded as Lesson2Life, a program that allows teachers to see firsthand the skills needed in the workplace.
Arizona Teacher Solutions Team
In partnership with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), the Arizona K12 Center launches the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team which is comprised of teacher leaders throughout the state of Arizona who are seeking solutions to problems that challenge us all.
We’re an Emmy Winner!
Mitchell 20 wins a Rocky Mountain Emmy for Best Topical Documentary.
Ed Week…Every Week!
In partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the national publication, Education Week, the Center launches Ed Week, Every Week, an online chat focusing on the national education issues.
Celebrating Teachers at #AZTEACH365
The Arizona K12 Center launches #azteach365 on Instagram.
15 Years Old
The Arizona K12 Center released a new promo video, Simply the Best, following the Michaela’s school journey.
$1.5 Awarded to Increase Numbers of NBCTs in Arizona
The Arizona K12 Center is awarded $1.5M from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to increase the number of NBCTs and leadership roles for Board-certified teachers.
$30,000 Awarded to Elevate Voices of Arizona Teachers
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards the Center $30,000 to host a regional ECET2 event designed to elevate the voices of teacher leaders throughout Arizona.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Visits
The Arizona K12 Center hosts Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, for a round table discussion on leadership in our schools.
Standards Guide for Reflective Teaching Practice
Arizona K12 Center develops the Standards Continuum Guide for Reflective Teaching Practice that brings to focus what the Arizona’s Professional Teaching Standards look like in the classroom.
$30,000 Awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards the Center another $30,000 to host a second regional ECET2 event.
Arizona New Teacher Induction Network is Formed
The Arizona K12 Center launches the Arizona New Teacher Induction Network (AZ NTIN). AZ NTIN membership is comprised of school and district leaders throughout the state looking at the best ways to support beginning teachers in their districts.
$1.3M Awarded to Support District Level Systems
The Arizona K12 Center is awarded $1.3M from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to create district level support systems for teachers seeking National Board Certification.
The Center Elevates the Voices of Arizona’s Teachers
The Center expands its role in elevating the voices of Arizona’s teacher leaders through its teacher leadership report and video shorts.
Hope Street Group Fellowship Program Launched
The Center partners with Hope Street Group and identifies 27 Arizona teacher leaders to serve as Arizona Hope Street Fellows.
Revised Professional Learning Plan Launched
The Arizona K12 Center launches training for teacher leaders on its newly revised Professional Learning Plan (PLP) with the hope that they will facilitate its use and implementation in school settings.
TELL Survey Launched
In partnership with the Arizona Education Association, Arizona School Boards Association, and the Arizona School Administrators Association, the Arizona K12 Center administers the TELL Survey to better understand the working and learning conditions in Arizona’s schools.
Professional Learning Plan Takes Center Stage
The Arizona K12 Center creates a series of videos promoting the use of the Professional Learning Plan while highlighting the challenges facing teachers and schools.
3Ps in a Pod Launched
The Arizona K12 Center’s podcast, 3Ps in a Pod, is launched and can be found on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay, and Stitcher! This podcast is designed to share the expertise of local and national leaders around practice, policy, and passion.
The Arizona K12 Center is at Learning Forward
The Professional Learning Plans are showcased at Learning Forward’s annual conference through breakout sessions and a trade show booth.
Top 100 Blog
Stories from School AZ recognized as one of the Top 100 blogs by Feedspot.
Teachers Take Center Stage wins!
Teachers Take Center Stage wins the 2018 Gold ADDY in the category of Film, Video, & Sound – Public Service Campaign.
Arizona K12 Center is on the Move
To better meet the needs of our clients the Arizona K12 Center expands into the current space.
The Arizona K12 Center Celebrates 20 Years of Supporting Arizona’s Teachers!
The Arizona K12 Center released a new promo video, Going Places, continuing to spotlight Michaela’s journey.
National Board reaches new heights!
Awarded $500,000 to administer the Arizona Teachers Academy National Board Scholarship Program. As a result, we will be able to support 200 more teachers seeking National Board Certification on an annual basis.