Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE)
Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing improvement efforts and excellence in organizations throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah, by utilizing the Baldrige Excellence Framework (Baldrige Criteria). Deer Valley has partnered with the Southwest Alliance for Excellence since 2009, making DVUSD the first Arizona school district to participate in the Showcase in Excellence Program. DVUSD employees have volunteered their time as examiners and contributed to the submission of several Showcase Applications. Deer Valley was the recipient of Showcase of Excellence Awards in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, which require ten page applications to assist organizations with process improvement. The first organizational Level I application, which addresses all seven of the Baldrige Criteria, was submitted in 2014 and produced actionable feedback. In 2015, DVUSD applied for and received the Level II Organization Commitment Award, yielding additional actionable feedback.
2010: The district’s Human Resources Department was selected as a Showcase of Excellence Award recipient for the 2010 AZ Performance Excellence Program, “Hiring the Best” by the Arizona Quality Alliance. HR’s award-winning program, “Hiring the Best” focused on improving the quality of new hired employees to Deer Valley. 2010 Synopsis of Showcase Application2011: The district's Fiscal Services Department was selected as a Showcase of Excellence Award recipient for the 2011 "Utility Management Process" by the Arizona Quality Alliance. Fiscal Services' "Utility Management Process" focused on increasing utility rates and strict budget limitations stemming from state and federal deficits. This process enables the organization to reduce energy usage and operating costs and redistribute money back to its main business, educating children. 2011 Synopsis of Showcase Application2013: The district's Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning Department was selected as a Showcase Of Excellence Award recipient by SWAE for the 2013 "Training New Certified Employees to Maintain a Continuous Improvement Culture", which focused on training and supporting new hires in learning and applying the Baldrige Criteria in the work setting. This process is an example of the commitment to a culture based on continuous improvement principles resulting in graduating lifelong learners who will successfully complete, lead and positively impact the world. 2013 Synopsis of Showcase Application2013: Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) recognized two Deer Valley employees at their annual award banquet. Julie Chelius was honored with the Rookie Examiner of the Year Award and Heather Mock was honored with the Examiner of the Year Award. Each award is based on the examiner who is a role model and best demonstrates the qualities of team work, service skills, initiative, knowledge, and communication skills.2014: The district's Continuous Improvement and Professional Learning Department was selected as a Showcase of Excellence Award recipient for the 2014 "Campus Improvement Planning (CIP) Process" by Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE). Additionally, Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) recognized Tanya Brodd as Rookie Examiner of the Year Award. 2014 Synopsis of Showcase Application2015: DVUSD applied for and received the Level II Organization Commitment Award. The recognition is a result of our unwavering focus on learning and implementing continuous improvement practices throughout the organization, leading to improved processes and results. 2015 Synopsis of Showcase Application