Jim Click Urges Tucson to Invest in Teachers

Karen Hla

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

Maggie Givens

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!

Maggie was nominated by her principal, Mary Setliff, whose nomination reads: "Ms. Givens is one of the hardest working teachers I know. She devotes a great part of her life to helping students. She teaches students in a way that edifies them intellectually and honors their individuality. She trains students as systems thinkers. She sponsors the National Junior Honor Society and trains student tutors and conducts an after school study hall for students. She is a highly skilled as a National Board Certified Teacher and is an excellent mentor and colleague."

Congratulations Maggie! Tucson Values Teachers is proud to honor such OUTSTANDING TEACHERS! Keep up the good work.

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Tucson Values Teachers Transitions to New Leadership

Tucson (April 15, 2014) -- Founding Executive Director of Tucson Values Teachers Jacquelyn Jackson has announced plans to return to her first love as a writer, and a national search is underway to find her replacement. After building Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) as a unique nonprofit program in this country, Jackson joins Inside Tucson Business as a weekly columnist. 

                             Left to right: Jacquelyn Jackson, Bruce Orach of Walgreens, and Laura
                             Kruszewski of Tucson Association of REALTORS

 

 "Jacquelyn brought TVT from an interesting concept to reality and then to a nationally recognized program," said Michael Duran, president of TVT's board of directors. "She has set the bar very high, but we wish her the best and look forward to moving the TVT vision to the next level. We're now seeking applicants to fill the executive director position."

Jackson was instrumental in the creation and success of major programs including Tucson Supplies Teachers, which has distributed nearly a half million dollars in classroom supplies since its inception in 2009; the TVT Teacher Discount Card, which provides significant discounts on goods and services from more than 70 businesses; Teachers in Industry partnership program with The University of Arizona; Teachers' Voices; Teacher Excellence Awards and the annual celebration with The University of Arizona of National Teacher Appreciation Week.

Jackson built TVT's database to include more than 10,000 teachers and was instrumental in the publication of the 2013 TVT Teacher Workforce Survey that provides hard evidence that teacher retention and attraction, the heart of TVT's mission, is a growing challenge that demands a regional response.

Katie Rogerson, TVT Director of Marketing and Outreach, has stepped in as interim director until a successor to Jackson can be brought on board. She joined TVT in 2012. In that position, she is responsible for overall communications strategy and heads up several of TVT's major programs. She brings nearly 15 years of nonprofit experience to the position both as a communications executive and as vice president of the board of directors for KXCI -- Foundation for Creative Broadcasting.

Click here for more information on the TVT Executive Job Posting.

Teacher Day at UA is Evolving!

For three years now, Tucson Values Teachers has collaborated with The University of Arizona and other community partners to host Teacher Day at UA. Every year we wonder how we can reach more and more teachers, and keep this event fresh and engaging for you.

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, this year's event will be a week-long celebration with special opportunities that honor and support all teachers across Southern Arizona. One whole week filled with free professional development, events and discounts just for teachers.

 

All Teacher Appreciation Week professional development sessions are FREE for teachers and most provide certificates of completion. More PD sessions may still be added, be sure to check back weekly for updates. Times and locations of events will be added shortly. View the FULL Teacher Appreciation Week schedule of events here.

But Teacher Appreciation Week isn't just about professional development, we also want to acknowledge your hard work and dedication. During Teacher Appreciation Week, TVT will present one Teacher Excellence Award every day to outstanding teachers in the community. Know someone deserving of this honor? Please nominate them on our website. 

Lastly, we are working with our Teacher Discount Card partners to offer discounts that are above and beyond their year-round offers for this week.

 

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.

Click here for more highlights from the survey and a copy of the full report.