to build a brighter future

School Connect Summit

Join us for the School Connect Summit where leaders across Arizona unite to build a brighter future for Arizona children

School Connect Summit IN ACTION

This one-of-a-kind leadership summit gathers representatives from business, education, faith, nonprofit, and government entities to connect, learn, and strategize how together, we can build a better future for Arizona children. Speakers, seating assignments, and conversation topics are designed to help leaders connect their efforts through the school system to maximize reach and influence for positive change.

Summit 2024 Presented By:

Leadership Development

Gain top leadership insights from experts in education, business, faith, nonprofit, and government

See A Brighter Future

Find the inspiration to build a foundation today that will produce a brighter future tomorrow

Take YOUR Seat At The Table

Join the conversation to innovate with top leaders from your own community

Connections That Matter

Form the right connections to build partnerships that help you reach your goals

Proudly Partnering With:

School Connect has partnered with Titan Solar Power, the official solar contractor of the Phoenix Suns.

Join us for the School Connect Summit!

Please join us for the School Connect Summit 2024, on February 12th, at Footprint Center. Take your seat on the arena floor as leaders from every sector share their vision for the future. Together, we will build resiliency, curate innovative solutions to new challenges, and empower our communities to connect through their local schools – building partnerships that will change the future for Arizona children.

  • Network with 1,000 education, business, faith, nonprofit & government leaders across the state
  • Find partners for YOUR school and organization
  • Learn about Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community
  • Discover how to navigate through uncertainty and change as a powerful team
  • Share a table with leaders from your own region to directly impact your community
  • Hear from authors of trend setting stories in education
  • Brainstorm innovative community solutions to tackle new challenges facing Arizona children
  • Find ways to enhance employee retention

Volunteer, Sponsor, or Learn More!

“I can tell you that businesses are looking for ways to connect with schools, and they need a strategy. And what the [School Connect] Summit does is it provides a strategy and specific action steps. And here’s what’s even better – they work!”



Event Location
Footprint Center Arena
201 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Event Date
February 12, 2024, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Who Participates?

Attendees include leading representative from education, faith, business, nonprofit, and government entities in Arizona and across the country

  • Organizations seeking to connect with the education community
  • Leaders who want to network with the changemakers across the state
  • Expert speakers providing leadership development
  • Authors of trend setting stories in education
  • Students sharing their voice to impact education and Arizona youth
  • Innovative and collaborative thinkers working to activate positive community engagement around schools
What Is Included?


  • Expert speakers from education, health, business, faith, and government
  • Networking with leaders in key roles to impact change for Arizona
  • Seating planned by school district, location, and diverse representation
  • Facilitated table conversations focused on active collaboration
  • Inspirational stories from leaders who are building partnerships that will change the future of Arizona
  • Catered luncheon
When and Where?

February 12, 2024, 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Footprint Center Arena
201 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

  • Attend
  • Sponsor
  • Volunteer
  • Learn More

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Dick Foreman on the Value for Business Leaders

Dick shares the value of the School Connect Summit to take your limited time and resources and apply them effectively. Find a direct path for how you can engage your community, steps you can take at the CAFES, and action steps outlined in the Summit!

Reverend Jerome Parker on the Value for Faith Leaders

Hear why Rev. Jerome Parker recommends the School Connect Summit for leaders of faith as the best way to get involved in your community and make a difference. Rev. Parker urges, “The community is literally coming around these schools to be the village and make change and impact in the lives of these young people. You as a faith leader absolutely need to be a part of School Connect. This is how we change the world.”

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News & Events

Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

@pesd92 full video:
#studentchampions #schoolconnectawards #villadepazelementary #kidsvoice #dreamscapelab
Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.”  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage
Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
Watch Deb’s full video story here: (
#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024