In March 2007, the “Economic Blueprint” from Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) concluded that educational excellence is one of the keys to “boldly secure and shape this region’s destiny.”
Two months later, participants in the Tucson Regional Town Hall ranked education the top priority among all their recommendations on a dozen important regional issues. They spelled out the Tucson region’s education promise to its children: To provide “each child with the lifelong opportunity to become a literate, functioning member of the local community, as well as society at large.”
During this same time, local superintendents were telling business leaders at the Pima County Business and Educational Roundtable that if the schools could recruit and retain great teachers, “it would make all the difference,” citing numerous research studies that identified a high quality teacher as the single most important contributor to student success.
From these collective efforts, a simple yet powerful idea emerged: to create a community-wide initiative called Tucson Values Teachers.
Driven organizationally by the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Values Teachers quickly gained broad community support. Business, educational and nonprofit organizations recognized not only the importance of quality teachers, but also the importance of the Tucson Values Teachers idea to the region’s future.
Today, TVT is a recognized nonprofit leader that has been instrumental in elevating the issues related to the teacher workforce across the state while also recognizing the achievements of the many excellent teachers working in Arizona classrooms.
TVT continues to work with district superintendents, school leaders and teachers to identify new initiatives to attract, retain and support the teacher workforce. It also leverages the policy arm of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and its members to advocate for statewide funding and education policy that promotes all of Arizona’s teachers.
|Southern Arizona Leadership Council||The Helios Education Foundation|
|University of Arizona Foundation||The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona|
|The Zuckerman Community Outreach Foundation||Raytheon Missile Systems|
|Jim Click Automotive||Diamond Family Foundation|
|Cox Communications||Wells Fargo|
|Community Foundation of Southern Arizona||Community Finance Corporation|
|Clarence Boykins||Ron Marx|
|Don Budinger||Colleen Niccum|
|Michael Duran||John Pedicone|
|Anil Hiremath||Donald Pitt|
|Bill Holmes||Jill Rosenzweig|
|Becca Hughes||Barbara Ryan Thompson|
|Jacquelyn Jackson||Ron Shoopman|
|Cassi LaFey||Roger Vogel|
|Helaine Levy||Doug Wilson|
|Lisa Lovallo||Amy Zuckerman|