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About TREC

TREC is a group of educators committed to supporting teacher professional development in the Tucson Region. We want to build professional development capacity, increase teacher retention, and develop teacher leaders.

Our mission: TREC brings together the region’s educators, resources, and partners to support their evolving professional growth.

Our vision: A collaborative community that cultivates a thriving teaching profession.

Current Efforts

TREC is officially launching the week of July 26th—30th! 

We invite you to be a part of the TREC Launch, either in person or online! We will introduce TREC with online events Monday through Thursday, and end with a culminating, hybrid event on Friday, July 30th from 4:00-6:00pm!

TREC LAUNCH: Tucson Regional Educator Collaborative 

  • Monday 7/26 Take-off!  TREC Video and Welcome as we kick-off the Launch!
  • Tuesday 7/27  Resources!  PD Spotlight Event Webinar; 4-5:30pm
  • Wednesday 7/28  Educators!  Focus on educators and their work #WhyITeach
  • Thursday 7/29   Connections! PD Spotlight Event Webinar; 4-5:30pm
  • Friday 7/30  TREC! Launch Event: Register now


Professional Development Spotlight Events!  
Join us virtually…Tuesday, July 27th and/or Thursday, July 29; 4:00-5:30pm

The PD Spotlight webinars will feature 5 different Professional Development (PD) providing organizations each day. Organizations will present for 10 minutes about the resources they offer educators. We will then split into breakout rooms. Participants will get to choose which breakout room to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the organization of their choice.

PD Spotlight Organizations for Tuesday, July 27th: Register here.

PD Spotlight Organizations for Thursday, July 29th: Register here.

Social Media Launch Campaign: Wednesday, July 28th
Social media campaign #WhyITeach!  You can post on TREC’s Facebook page or complete this Google form and we will do the work for you!

Hybrid Launch Event: Friday, July 30th, 4:00-6:00pm, program begins at 4:30

The TREC Launch week will culminate with a hybrid celebration. The event will be an opportunity to connect with the region’s educators, learn more about TREC, discover PD providing organizations, and think big picture about education in the state of Arizona.  We will be joined virtually by State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman who will address participants and answer questions from the audience.  

Please use the Registration link: to register for the hybrid Launch Event on July 30th. For in-person guests, we will be hosting the event at SAACA in the Catalyst space at the Tucson Mall and will include light appetizers and refreshments. For our online guests, we are excited for you to virtually interact and participate! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, in-person attendance is limited. When you register, let us know if you would prefer to attend virtually or in person.  We will do our best to accommodate your preference and would love for you to join us!

Launch Links:

Tuesday, July 27th; 4:00-5:30pm PD Spotlight Event:

Wednesday, July 28th #WhyITeach form:

Thursday, July 29th; 4:00-5:30pm PD Spotlight Event:

Friday, July 30th; 4:00-6:00pm TREC LAUNCH:


Additional TREC Efforts

In the Spring of 2021, TREC partnered with Ben’s Bells, Tucson Values Teachers (TVT), and the Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (SAZAEYC) to create a Virtual Gratitude Wall!  People shared messages of thanks and gratitude to let educators, staff, or colleagues know the community appreciates their vital work.  Take a look at those messages here.

Spring 2021: 

December 2020:

Tucson Regional Educator Collaborative 

Working together to support the professional development of teachers in the Tucson region.

We believe that teachers are professionals and should have more opportunities to advance their careers. Our rationale is built on acknowledging that no single entity can do it all.  This is why we have chosen to bring in a number of partners that will invite innovative ideas and collaborations across stakeholders to go beyond individual district’s or school’s professional learning efforts.

The University of Arizona College of Education is uniquely positioned to launch TREC due to its expertise and resources.

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