History

TVT was founded in 2008 as an education initiative of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, a business membership organization of more than 160 local business presidents and CEOs. Together with leaders from education, including district superintendents, the University of Arizona and various philanthropic organizations, SALC established TVT as an education and business partnership to address the issues of the teacher workforce and positively impact the quality of the region’s education system.

Why the focus on teachers? Because decades of research show that a quality teacher in the classroom is the single most critical factor to student success. Teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling.

Yet fewer teachers are entering the profession and fewer are staying – 42 percent of teachers hired in Arizona in 2013 left the field after three years or less — and one in four Arizona teachers is eligible for retirement in 2018.

We are focused on reversing that trend through communications, research, advocacy, professional development and classroom support.

2007
  • Tucson Values Teachers founded
2008
  • Teacher Discount Card launched (80+ discount partners)
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive launched (over $880,000 in supplies since inception)
2009
  • Teachers in Industry established by University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Science Foundation Arizona, and Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Excellence Awards launched
2010
  • Teacher Voices campaign (2010-2012) aired on Arizona Spotlight radio, then evolved into videos
  • Toast to Teachers Block Party held in Downtown Tucson
2011
  • Inaugural Spirit of Education Awards presented by Tucson Values Teachers,
    honoring Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Day at UofA – professional development, activities and expo presented with the University of Arizona College of Education
2013
  • Tucson Teacher Workforce Study conducted
  • Tucson Supports Teachers Fund – Jim Click Automotive Group contributes $50,000
  • Tucson Values Teachers is founding partner of Community Share
  • Arizona Gives Day launched – online giving campaign held on the first Tuesday of April each year
  • Ten for Teachers campaign launched
  • 1st Annual Pima Federal Credit Union Golf Classic, with all proceeds benefitting Tucson Supplies Teachers Supply Drive
Vote 4 Education
2014
  • In partnership with Expect More Arizona, initial Vote 4 Education pilot program launched in TUSD
  • CEO/Superintendent Teacher Workforce Summit
2015
  • Statewide Teacher Workforce Survey conducted; MAP (Making Action Possible) Dashboard created
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers transitioned from physical supply drive to gift card drive
Teachers in Industry
2016
  • Annual Leaders in Education Awards launched – $15,000 cash awards for K-12 teachers and their schools
  • Reinvigorated Teacher Advisory Group
  • Strongest year to date for Teachers in Industry – over $500,000 earned by teachers during summer months
Stand Up 4 Teachers
2017

Stand Up 4 Teachers event raises over $150,000 for TVT programs

Tucson Values Teachers
2018

Tucson Values Teachers will celebrate 10th Anniversary

2007

  • Tucson Values Teachers founded

2008

  • Teacher Discount Card launched (80+ discount partners)
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers supply drive launched (over $880,000 in supplies since inception)

2009

  • Teachers in Industry established by University of Arizona College of Education, Tucson Values Teachers, Science Foundation Arizona, and Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Excellence Awards launched

2010

  • Teacher Voices campaign (2010-2012) aired on Arizona Spotlight radio, then evolved into videos
  • Toast to Teachers Block Party held in Downtown Tucson

2011

  • Inaugural Spirit of Education Awards presented by Tucson Values Teachers,
    honoring Raytheon Missile Systems
  • Teacher Day at UofA – professional development, activities and expo presented with the University of Arizona College of Education

2013

  • Tucson Teacher Workforce Study conducted
  • Tucson Supports Teachers Fund – Jim Click Automotive Group contributes $50,000
  • Tucson Values Teachers is founding partner of Community Share
  • Arizona Gives Day launched – online giving campaign held on the first Tuesday of April each year
  • Ten for Teachers campaign launched
  • 1st Annual Pima Federal Credit Union Golf Classic, with all proceeds benefitting Tucson Supplies Teachers Supply Drive

2014

Vote 4 Education
  • In partnership with Expect More Arizona, initial Vote 4 Education pilot program launched in TUSD
  • CEO/Superintendent Teacher Workforce Summit

2015

  • Statewide Teacher Workforce Survey conducted; MAP (Making Action Possible) Dashboard created
  • Tucson Supplies Teachers transitioned from physical supply drive to gift card drive

2016

Teachers in Industry
  • Annual Leaders in Education Awards launched – $15,000 cash awards for K-12 teachers and their schools
  • Reinvigorated Teacher Advisory Group
  • Strongest year to date for Teachers in Industry – over $500,000 earned by teachers during summer months

2017

Stand Up 4 Teachers

Stand Up 4 Teachers event raises over $150,000 for TVT programs

2018

Tucson Values Teachers

Tucson Values Teachers will celebrate 10th Anniversary