Sunnyside Unified School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, May 4

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

Four Points Sheraton
7060 S Tucson Boulevard

Thursday, May 5

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Registration

Four Points by Sheraton - Tucson Airport
Full Breakfast at Hotel (Sheraton guests only)

8:00 a.m.

Buses Depart Hotel for Sunnyside High School LRC

8:20 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome, SUSD Leadership and Governing Board
It’s About More Than a Device: Different by Design

9:00 a.m.

Buses Depart for School Tours (Select One)

Visits to technology infused core subject areas and a student/teacher. Panel Discussion will complete each school tour.

Tour 1: Desert View High School

  • Freshman Academy
  • iSTEM Academy, where students earn nationally-recognized industry certifications such as Solidworks 3-D Design, and NIMS Precision Machining using the latest in digital inventory control, CNC, 3-D printers, Z-Space Virtual Reality, CNC simulator and quality control room equipment
  • Engineering, AFJROTC and Information Technology
  • Strong community and industry partnerships, internships and scholarships

Tour 2: Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts School (Grades 4-7)

This newly opened magnet facility has been designed as a digital learning environment that emphasizes creativity and innovation for a 21st Century global education.

  • Digital music studio, maker space and video production
  • The 21st Century library in a digital world

Tour 3: Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School

This AVID demonstration school is a national model of excellence. See college and career readiness integrated throughout the school culture with the digital AVID strategies.

  • Visit classes in the core subject areas and the arts
  • Nutrition through gardening
  • Future Cities STEM program
  • Alternative Tour: Network Operations Center and Data Network

    Get an insider’s look at managing 20 schools with Wi-Fi throughout a fully-digital learning district with access offered on its transportation systems.

  • Expandability of systems
  • Internet and data security
  • Real-time digital security camera systems on every building and bus
  • 11:20 a.m.

    Buses return to Desert View High School

    11:45 a.m.

    Welcome and Q&A

    12:00 p.m.

    Lunch – prepared by DVHS Culinary Students

    Visit Desert View High School’s Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Academy greenhouse and water harvesting system.

    1:00 p.m.

    Buses depart for the district office

    1:30-2:30 pm

    Break-out Sessions, Part 1

    Taking PD into the 21st Century

    Professional Development can be a catalyst for change in the world of education. Participants will be engaged in multiple platforms that are used in Sunnyside to gain insight into how this district approaches staff development. This session is designed to explore blended learning opportunities, Discovery Education© Digital Learning Corps (DLC) learning labs, coaching, mentoring, and in-person or online support. Come see why we believe in PD as a process, not an event.

    Engaging Families and Community

    Families are busier than ever, however, technology has allowed us to redefine what it means to be engaged in your child’s education. During this session you will learn how our district has leveraged technology to enhance and expand parent engagement and simple strategies for building capacity within your district.

    Digital One-to-One 101

    Over the past five years the Sunnyside District has developed a variety of systems for managing hardware, network, and information systems to provide access to over 14,000 daily student users both at school and at home. Come learn what we did right (and where we went wrong) to help manage this process as we review questions concerning inventory management, device deployment, collection, repairs, digital curriculum, assessment and program sustainability.

    Digital Citizens in the Making

    Digital and media literacy education offers the potential to maximize what we value most about the empowering characteristics of media and technology, while minimizing its negative dimensions” (Hobbs, 2010). A closer look at strategies that SUSD is engaging students and teachers in to meet this challenge including Digital Driver’s License, online safety, resources to support digital citizenship and a comprehensive plan for teachers, students and families.

    2:30 – 2:40 p.m.

    Break

    2:40 – 3:45 p.m.

    Break-out Sessions, Part 2

    Enrichment Beyond the Classroom Walls

    The ubiquity of technology within our learning environments has provided our students and teachers with unparalleled opportunities to engage, create and collaborate with business and educational leaders within our backyard and around the world. Come see how Sunnyside is leveraging the power of maker movements, and strategic partnerships to grow educational opportunities within our community such as the hackathon.

    Organizing a Digital Backpack

    If students have trouble organizing their backpacks, how can we expect them to be digitally organized? This session will exemplify organization in reading and writing in the classroom. Participants will learn how to organize a digital binder, and presenters will model various techniques on how to implement digital strategies such as note-taking, highlighting, calendaring, and critical reading in a digital world. Handouts and digital resources will be provided.

    Logistical Support Systems for Digital-Rich Districts

    Supporting digital-rich learning at scale requires a rethinking of support systems. Traditional models may need to be replaced with new models that can provide the necessary support capacity. In this session we will review Sunnyside’s “behind-the-classroom” support systems—technical, instructional and data integration support systems that have been developed to ensure the classroom operates efficiently, with minimal disruption and maximum learning opportunities. Included in this overview will be the technical support model employed as well as device, content and support systems strategies utilized to gain new efficiencies compared to traditional I.T. support models.

    Superintendent’s Roundtable

    This session will serve as an opportunity to participate in a Superintendent roundtable to discuss the management of community impact and climate in light of significant change efforts such as Sunnyside’s digital conversion. This is an open conversation regarding change leadership and other political challenges that may manifest themselves when school systems undergo significant change.

    4:00 p.m.

    Buses depart for hotel

    5:00 p.m.

    Buses depart for Technology Showcase and Dinner at Trail Dust Town*

    This historical outdoor shopping center includes artifacts, shows and rides for all ages.

    • Technology Showcase Social Hour – Cinco de Mayo style. Enjoy a gallery walk to get a closer look at Sunnyside’s tools and resources.
    • Dinner and keynote at the Savoy Opera House
    • Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist

    *Trail Dust Town is a historical outdoor shopping center that includes a number of historical artifacts, including an Allen Herschell merry-go-round which was manufactured in 1954. The Town also includes the non-profit Museum of the Horse Soldier which includes one of the nation’s largest public displays of unique and rare artifacts from the military era of the horse. We will cheer on the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros as they deliver an action packed stunt show featuring family friendly comedy, explosions, and high falls! Guests may also enjoy many rides and attractions for all ages located in Trail Dust Town, including a shooting gallery and miniature train that circles the grounds.

    Friday, May 6

    7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

    Registration

    Four Points by Sheraton
    Full Breakfast at Hotel (Sheraton guests only)

    8:00 a.m.

    Buses depart for Sunnyside High School LRC

    8:20 a.m.

    Welcome – SUSD Leadership

    It’s About More Than a Device: Different by Design

    9:00 a.m.

    Buses Depart for School Tours (Select One)

    Visits to technology infused core subject areas and a student/teacher. Panel Discussion will complete each school tour.

    Tour 1: Sunnyside High School

    Highlights include The Freshman Academy and the Medical Careers Academy Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and BioScience program where students perform actual DNA research in the school lab for several Tucson non-profit organizations.

    Tour 2: Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts School (Grades 4-7)

    This newly opened magnet facility has been designed as a digital learning environment that emphasizes creativity and innovation for a 21st Century global education.

    • Digital music studio, maker space and video production
    • The 21st Century library in a digital world

    Tour 3: Los Amigos Technology Academy (K-6)

    Los Amigos Technology Academy has taken their 21st Century library and classrooms to a new level in the digital learning environment. Highlights include how learning has become more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge and how the library was reinvented to serve today’s global student.

    11:20 a.m.

    Buses depart for the District Office

    11:45 a.m.

    Welcome and Q & A

    12:00 p.m.

    Lunch

    12:30 p.m.

    Panel: Sunnyside’s Digital Conversion

    Students, Educators and District Leaders

    1:30 p.m.

    Buses Depart for Tucson International Airport and Hotel

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