The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) covers 112 square miles and includes parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. While some residents may be especially familiar with SUSD as a parent, student or employee, others may be missing those meaningful insights. As such, SUSD is proud to announce the launch of SUSD IN-FOCUS. This program is designed to engage members of our community who are passionate about education and seeking a greater understanding of taxpayer support and return on investment.
Applications are being accepted for the 2023-2024 school year-long academy through May 5, 2023. Find more information about the program and application process below.
To provide members of the community with an opportunity to learn more about the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), its operations (instructional, administrative and support services), its finances/economic impact and trending topics.
To create a sense of pride and knowledge among all SUSD stakeholders who benefit from a strong public school district.
Members of the academy will meet seven times over the course of the school year at varied locations across the district. Each session will focus on a different aspect of SUSD and will be facilitated by district leaders who oversee that area. Topics will include school finance, curriculum, school safety, teacher recruitment and retention, assessment and accountability, special education, transportation, facilities, nutrition and communications and how they relate to our Strategic Plan goals and Key Performance Indicators. Meetings 2-5 will include presentations on each of our five strategic plan goals, learning communities and their unique program offerings. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. prior to each session which will start promptly at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m.
Optional Learning Community tours will highlight academics, arts, athletics, extra curriculars, aging infrastructure, upgrades, bond and override priorities, changing demographics, specialty unique programs (Early Learning, DLI, IB, STEM, AVID, Math and Science Academy) and CTE (biotechnology, engineering, nursing…).
Session One: September 14, 2023 | Optional Arcadia Learning Community Tour: September 20, 2023
¢ Overview of the District
¢ How schools are funded
¢ Economic Impact Study
¢ Demographic Study
¢ Outline upcoming meetings and optional day events/Strategic Plan
Session Two: October 5, 2023 | Optional Chaparral Learning Community Tour: October 18, 2023
¢ Strategic Plan and KPIs
¢ Q&A/Preview November meeting
Session Three: November 9, 2023 | Optional Coronado Learning Community Tour: November 15, 2023
¢ Academic Achievement/Assessment
¢ Innovation in Teaching and Learning
¢ Q&A/Preview January meeting
Session Four: January 18, 2024 | Optional Desert Mountain Learning Community Tour: January 17, 2024
¢ Attracting & Retaining Talent
¢ Special Education
¢ Q&A/Preview February meeting
Session Five: February 8, 2024 | Optional Saguaro Learning Community Tour: February 14, 2024
¢ Community Partnerships - SUSD Foundation, SPC, SROs
¢ Q&A/Preview March meeting
Session Six: March 7, 2024 | Optional Tour of SUSD Warehouse & Transportation: March 20, 2024
¢ Optimized Resources
¢ Information Technology
¢ Building Services
¢ Q&A/Preview April meeting
Session Seven/Reception and Graduation: April 11, 2024, MDA
¢ Review big ticket items
¢ Q&A/Preview Graduation Happy Hour
*To graduate participants may miss no more than one session.
HOW MANY MEMBERS WILL BE SELECTED?
WHO CAN APPLY? Click Here to apply
The purpose of the Academy is to engage a wide variety of citizens from various backgrounds who share a common interest in education. This includes, but is not limited to, parents and guardians of SUSD students and educators, residents in the district boundary, business and civic leaders, etc.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Click here to apply. There is no cost to apply. Applications must be received by May 5, 2023.
HOW WILL MEMBERS BE SELECTED?
Cabinet will review applications. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 26, 2023.