I am working on a school project where we have to create specific data views from a dataset using model builder and python. We're a little stumped as to where to start and I was wondering if there were any resources or tutorials that discuss these concepts. Thank you!
I would say to start here with the Desktop tools:
Get an understanding of how the tool works, what settings you'll need to get the desired result. Once you know that, you can transfer what you've learned to a model. If you need help with creating the model, this is great resource to have on hand: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/pdf/creating-tools-in-modelbuilder-tutorial.pdf
For ArcPy, you'll want to reference these: