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>>
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Congratulations Paula Vinson, Winner of TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award
The September 2014 TVT/OfficeMax Teacher Excellence Award was presented to Ms. Paula Vinson, Special Education cluster teacher at Quail Run Elementary School in the Marana Unified School District.
Paula was nominated by Anna Helsel who says, “Paula is a special education teacher at Quail Run Elementary. She goes above and beyond her job, to be sure that her students are included and involved in every way possible. She takes time with every student to make sure they get the best education possible. I had the privilege of working with Ms. Vinson for 5 years at her former school. Her teaching skills, motivation, and her kind heart is what inspired me to continue my career as a teacher. I will be graduating in December with dual certification, and I can thank her for the inspiration.\"
As part of the honors, Ms. Vinson received a $100 OfficeMax/Office Depot gift card, a Teacher Excellence Award plaque, flowers and school supplies. Not to mention bragging rights!
Tucson Values Teachers and Expect More Arizona Urge Teachers to Vote 4 Education
Through its Vote 4 Education campaign, Expect More Arizona is working to ensure that voters make education a top priority at the ballot box, and no audience is more important than the teachers who are directly impacted by the policy and funding decisions made by Arizona lawmakers.
That’s why Tucson Values Teachers has joined forces with Expect More and Tucson Unified School District to target teachers with the message that their vote counts. Educators overwhelmingly prioritize education when they vote, but not enough of them are voting in every election. The goal of the joint voter initiative is to increase turnout among TUSD educators in the 2014 election, while also piloting a model that that can be improved and expanded across the region for future elections.
Thanks to funding from the Arizona Community Foundation, the Brown Family Foundation, and the Tucson Values Teachers Board of Directors and others, the campaign was launched at TUSD earlier this month with enthusiastic support from Superintendent Sanchez, school principals and the Tucson Education Association. The campaign uses various communication channels to reach teachers with the message that their role as voters is critical to the outcome of elections.
TEACHERS: LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD! Educators know best what our schools and students need to be successful. As experts, your voice is important in informing the decisions that impact you and your students every day. Make your voice heard by voting this November 4th. When you vote, you will help advance a world-class education in Arizona. Visit our Vote 4 Education Toolkit for Educators, Schools and Districts page.
Tucson Supplies Teachers Delivers Supplies to Southern Arizona
Tucson Supplies Teachers, the largest community-wide supply drive in our region, was very successful again this year. While we fell just short of the goal that we achieved last year, we still raised a whopping $172,561.00 in classroom supplies, bringing the total amount of supplies delivered to area classrooms over the past six years to $663,650.00
With the cash amount raised through our sponsors and individual donations, two large checks were issued to Walgreens the week of August 25th to purchase supplies (at cost) to supplement those supplies that were donated at Walgreens, Wendy’s and Cox Communications locations. McDonald’s supplied 25 volunteers to help sort the supplies on Monday, September 15th, and the supplies were distributed to district, charter and private schools from Wednesday, September 17th through Monday, September 22nd.
Districts served: Altar Valley School District, Amphitheater Public School, Catalina Foothills School District, Continental School District, Flowing Wells Unified School District, Marana Unified School District, Sahuarita Unified Schools, Santa Cruz School District, Sierra Vista Public Schools, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tanque Verde Unified Schools, Tucson Unified School District, and Vail Unified School Distirct.
In addition, 25 charter schools were served, as well as the Diocese of Tucson (serving 6,500 children at area parochial schools), and the Arizona School for Deaf and Blind (ASDB).
The success of this annual event is due to the strength of our community partnerships. Our partners this year include Walgreens, KVOA News 4 Tucson’s Kristi’s Kids, Pima Federal Credit Union, Community Finance Corporation, Tucson Association of REALTORS, Cox Communications, Raytheon, Tucson Young Professionals, Wendy’s, Peter Piper Pizza, and McDonald’s, and other local businesses who collected supplies at their place of business.
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.