With a generous investment of $50,000, Jim Click is anchoring the new Tucson Supports Teachers Fund drive, an endeavor of Tucson Values Teachers and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. Money raised during the multi-year, sustaining fundraising campaign will be used to directly support the district, private, and charter school teachers of Southern Arizona with school supplies and professional development. The Tucson Supports Teachers Fund will also support TVT programming that works to build respect for, and reward and invest in our teachers. Read more>>
To invest in Tucson Supports Teachers Fund today, make your tax-deductible donation today!
Congratulations to Maggie Givens, March 2014 Teacher Excellence Award Winner
The March 2014 TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award was presented to an AMAZING TEACHER, Ms. Maggie Givens, social studies teacher at Esperero Canyon Middle School, Catalina Foothills School District. And I have to say, I've never seen kids so excited to see their teacher being honored -- they LOVE MS. GIVENS!
6th Annual Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive kicks off August 3rd
The 6th Annual Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive is ready for kick-off on August 3, 2014. Once again, school supplies can be donated at any Walgreens location in Southern Arizona. Cash donations can be made at www.TucsonValuesTeachers.org, and all donations received from now through August 17th will be matched – dollar for dollar – through TVT and Walgreens. Over $192,000 in school supplies were raised last year, bringing the overall total of supplies raised since inception to nearly a half million dollars, and we hope to meet or beat that goal in 2014. Help support our teachers, classrooms, and students by participating in Tucson Supplies Teachers.
Partners: Tucson Values Teachers, Walgreens, Tucson Association of REALTORS, News 4 Tucson’s Kristi’s Kids, and Pima Federal Credit Union.
Supporters: Raytheon, Peter Piper Pizza, Wendy’s, Tucson Young Professionals, and McDonald’s. Local businesses can support Tucson Supplies Teachers by collecting supplies at their place of business, call Tucson Values Teachers for more info.
Critical Teacher Workforce Issues Revealed by TVT Survey
Tucson Values Teachers has always known that teachers work long hours for little salary and support. Until now, there has not been regional data available to back this up. TVT's 2013 Teacher Workforce Survey is the first major study to address this issue and paint a true picture of teachers' lives and the stark reality of a diminishing workforce and embattled profession.
The survey reveals a lot of what we anecdotally already knew, but also some real evidence that we are facing a critical teacher workforce issue. We are losing our most seasoned and educated teachers to both retirement and unhappiness and unfortunately, we aren't seeing a pipeline of young educators lasting more than just a few years.