Michael Roberts is the director of elementary curriculum and instruction for Scottsdale Unified School District in Scottsdale, Arizona. In his current position, Michael supports 19 elementary and K–8 schools.
Prior to moving to Scottsdale, Michael was the principal of Desert View Elementary School (DVES) in Hermiston, Oregon. Under his leadership, DVES produced evidence of increased learning every year for all students and met the challenges of 40 percent growth over four years, a rising EL population, and a dramatic increase in the number of trauma-affected students.
Michael attributes the success of DVES to the total commitment of staff to the three big ideas and the four essential questions of professional learning communities. This commitment has led to a schoolwide transition from “me” to “we”—a fundamental shift in thinking that has made all the difference.
Previously, Michael served as an assistant principal in Prosser, Washington, where he was named the 2010–11 Three Rivers Principal Association Assistant Principal of the Year. In 2011–12, Michael was a finalist for Washington Assistant Principal of the Year.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Washington State University and his master’s degree in educational leadership from Azusa Pacific University.