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.×
Message from Mayor Berkowitz and Dr. Bishop regarding student diversity and safe schools
February 10, 2017
This message is shared on behalf of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Dr. Deena Bishop.
The Anchorage public school system is one of the largest school districts in the United States. We celebrate the fact that we have the three most diverse high schools, the six most diverse middle schools, and 19 of the top 20 most diverse elementary schools in the nation. Our students and their families speak more than 100 languages. Each day, languages from around the world are spoken in the hallways and classrooms of our schools. This enriches the educational experience for all students.
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Recent Executive Orders impact our community’s immigrant and refugee populations, causing anxiety and concern for our students and their families. As Mayor and Superintendent, we stand together to reassure our community that our public schools do not, and will not, monitor the immigration or citizenship status of our students. Federal requirements are clear – they guarantee that schools are safe spaces for all children, regardless of citizenship or residency status. The reasons behind these requirements are also clear – all students have the right to be in school regardless of citizenship status or residency status. In Anchorage, we are committed to ensuring a safe, successful education for all of our students.
The Anchorage School District welcomes everyone. We want to help every student grow, achieve, and succeed in life. Most importantly, we want our students and their families to know the safety of all students and staff is our top priority. This includes being safe from bullying, intimidation, threat, and harm. As a public school district, it is our responsibility to ensure our buildings are safe spaces where every student is supported not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.
We want our students and their families to understand that we have heard and understand the fear and uncertainty that has followed from recent federal action, and want to make sure that families know that our job is to ensure children will be safe in our schools. We are a better school district and a better community when we stand together and take care of each other.
|Mayor Ethan Berkowitz||Dr. Deena Bishop|
|Municipality of Anchorage||Anchorage School District Superintendent|
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.