TREC is a group of educators and stakeholders committed to supporting meaningful 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.
Our values: Equity, Connections, Teachers are Experts, Inclusivity, Innovation
Who We Are
We at TREC believe 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 development efforts.
The University of Arizona College of Education is leading the development of TREC along with 9 regional school districts, several charter schools, and many community organizations and governmental agencies. All TREC committees and retreats include teachers as integral participants, as this is an effort to build from the ground up based on the needs of teachers. TREC is a collaborative effort to support the region’s teachers.
The professional development approach we are building is driven by the premise that teachers are professionals and should have more choice in advancing their careers.
This premise is supported by the data from our teacher survey as 78% (1,095) of the teachers surveyed indicated a need for professional development to support them in growing as a professional. Schools and districts provide important professional development for their teachers, they may be limited by resource and time constraints that may prevent them from being able to meet the individual needs of all of their teachers. TREC is also grounded in the premise that there is strength in bringing together a number of partners because we acknowledge that no single entity can do it all. We invite innovative ideas and collaborations across stakeholders to go beyond individual district’s or school’s professional development efforts. This approach provides a broader range of opportunities because we can bring more resources and additional expertise options, increase schools’ and districts’ potential to reach teachers in other districts, offer teachers a range of options to fit their individual goals.
Our Long-Term Goals
Inspire, Support, Connect, and Grow educators and communities
We will both leverage current professional development activities by providing opportunities (including online) to showcase partners’ professional development efforts in the region and create new opportunities to fill needs. This work will ultimately lead to increased teacher retention.
- Inspire: Raising the visibility of and providing greater access to high-quality professional development activities offered in the greater Tucson area.
- Support: Supporting early childhood through 12th grade educators (classroom teachers, counselors, specialists, etc.) in finding the best matches for their learning needs.
- Connect: Supporting connections and community-building for educators across the region.
- Grow: Creating new professional development and leadership opportunities wherever these needs are unmet.
The History of TREC
University of Arizona College of Education former Dean Bruce Johnson, former Dean Ron Marx, and Carrie Brennan from the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning began with an idea to support the region’s teachers. They began a planning year, funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Jen Kinser-Traut, a former Tucson teacher and math educator, was hired as the director and led the development of TREC. During the 2018-2019 school year, TREC began with a resource and needs assessment to better understand the professional development resources in the region as well as teachers’ needs. In January 2019, TREC collected 1,396 survey responses from teachers (early childhood through 12th grade), as well as 200 survey responses from principals, early childhood directors, district professional development providers, nonprofit professional development providers, and University of Arizona professional development providers. The data from these surveys helped to support and guide a retreat where over 50 of the region’s education stakeholders began designing TREC.
Learn more about TREC’s Previous Efforts.