Dr. Deena Bishop
Dr. Deena Bishop’s focus on student achievement and success is backed by her experiences in teaching and educational leadership. As superintendent of the largest school district in the state, she is firmly committed to the ASD’s vision to have every child prepared for the work force or post-secondary education after high school.
Bishop began her Alaska educational career in 1991 and has proudly served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District before being named ASD’s superintendent in July 2016.
Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with a specialization in bilingual education, a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in learning assessment and system performance. She was part of the first graduating class for the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendents Certification two-year program.
She is active in several local and civic organizations including the Education Commission of the States, Alaska Superintendents’ Association, 90% by 2020 Partnership, Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Chambers of Commerce, East Anchorage Rotary, Foraker Group and United Way. She serves on several non-profit boards and enjoys spending time with her family, snow and water skiing, running and interior painting. Dr. Bishop has two college-age daughters.×
August 10, 2017
Welcome students, staff, and families! It’s a new school year in the Anchorage School District and our doors are open, serving more than 48,300 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Anchorage schools are organized to put students and families first. We know that strong schools make our community strong.
Fiscal and economic challenges require strategic planning—ASD teachers, administrators, and support staff know that we must get the job done by working efficiently and effectively. Making learning meaningful and school a place where every child and family feels welcomed and connected is essential.
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The Anchorage School Board and administration have set goals in the Destination 2020 plan, helping students achieve success each year. Built on the District’s mission, Destination 2020 helps the District maximize learning opportunities for students.
As a cornerstone of Alaska’s future, public education in the Anchorage School District focuses the work on three primary ideals: high quality education, positive customer experiences, and transparent accountability.
Dr. Deena Bishop
The district's Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC) works to ensure equity for ally students by providing input directly to the superintendent on relevant issues that impact student achievement, including parent involvement, community relations, curriculum adoption and implementation, cultural competence, and equity and other instructional concerns.
Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board.