Building Blocks to Great Schools


Building Blocks to Great Schools Education Summit Overview


The City of Goodyear’s annual Building Blocks to Great Schools education summit occurs each Spring, and provides an opportunity for relationship building and collaboration among local schools, school districts, and city contacts with the shared goal of establishing and/or refining complimentary programs and policies that serve Goodyear students and families. During this event, representatives from city departments, public and private education partners, community partners, and other stakeholders discuss ideas, opportunities, and provide updates on programs and activities that impact, or have the potential to impact, Goodyear youth. 


Established in 2009, the Building Blocks to Great Schools summit has produced a number of meaningful outcomes for schools, students, and families throughout the community. Notably, a major product of the 2012 summit was the establishment of the Mabel Padgett elementary school police substation pilot program, which has been well-received throughout the community, and has inspired similar substations at other local schools. 


Another valuable program developed as the result of the annual summit is Goodyear’s annual citywide reading challenge for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. This annual challenge incentivizes students to read outside of the classroom as they work toward earning tickets to professional sporting events, pizza and ice cream parties for their classrooms, and other exciting prizes. During 2015’s reading challenge, Goodyear students worked together to read nearly 400,000 pages in addition to their required classroom readings.


If you are interested in learning more about the Building Blocks to Great Schools summit, please contact Lauren Valencia at, or at 623-882-7782.


2016 Building Blocks to Great Schools Education Summit Summary


The 2016 Building Blocks to Great Schools education summit took place on Tuesday, March 29th at Goodyear City Hall. Representatives from local public, private, charter schools, school districts, and community education partners convened to discuss tools, strategies, and opportunities for partnership in support of Goodyear students and families.


Participants received updates from the City’s Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhood Services, and Water Resources departments, and also participated in a “community conversation” where they collectively entertained four prompts:


  1. What are trends that you’ve observed among students, families and your surrounding community?
  2. What are your organization’s most prevalent/urgent needs and concerns?
  3. What are lessons that you’ve learned or resources/opportunities that you’ve identified that might potentially benefit other education partners?
  4. What is something that your students/teachers/organizations have achieved that you’re most proud of?


Additionally, leadership from each of the City’s elementary and high school districts were given an opportunity to share updates about activities occurring throughout their respective districts.