President’s Update

Jason Freed, Tucson Education Association

(From November 13, 2017)

Brothers and Sisters,

We know you are busy, so let’s get straight to the updates:

Governors Forum – Mark your calendar now.  The Tucson Area Governors Forum will be Thursday November 30th at Pueblo High School.  Hear Gubernatorial candidates speak about education issues, including public education funding, vouchers, and addressing the state’s teacher shortage. Please register for the event at

TEA Board Vacancy – TEA has a vacancy for the TEA Board of Directors for the Sahuaro Area.  The election is now an “open election,” meaning that any TEA member, regardless of their site, is eligible to run.  If you have a desire to join the dynamic leaders on the TEA Board, please fill out and turn in the Pledge-to-Serve form by Wednesday November 15th (see attachment).  Thank you.

TUSD Board Meetings – The Board is meeting on 11-14, 12-5 and 12-12. Please join your colleagues and speak in support of our profession and TEA.

Co-Teaching PD– TEA is offering a training on how to Co-Teach.  The session is perfect for both Ex Ed teachers as well as Gen Ed teachers, as we will discuss the basics of co-teaching, and provide some techniques to help you in your instruction.  Please join us on November 29th at 4:30 at TEA (5447 E 5th St, suite 100).

Holocaust Education Teacher Workshop – Thurs Nov 16 from 4:30-7:30 at 564 S Stone Ave, 85701.  Dr. Ted Rosengarten will present on pedagogical strategies for addressing the impact of Navi persecution on youth.  PD Hours will be provided, with a maximum of 50 participants.  The registration is waved for the first 10 TEA members who call 670-9073, and dinner is included.

Association Representatives Meeting – TEA continues to add new names and faces to our list of ARs.  Our next meeting is November 15th, at 4:30 in the Rincon Library.  Please make sure you have your AR, or another TEA member, in attendance.  All members are welcome.

Education Support Professionals Celebration – National ESP Day is November 15th.  To celebrate, TEA is hosting a part at On the Border Thursday November 16th starting at 4:30.  All ESPs are welcome to join us, and will receive an invitation through school mail this week.  The food will be paid for by TEA, so please encourage our ESPs to attend.  They greatly deserve recognition for the work they do to support our kids.  And make sure to thank them on Wednesday the 15th.

Please mark your calendar for the Governing Board meeting on the 14th, the AR meeting on the 15th, the ESP Celebration on the 16th, and Holocaust Workshop on the 16th, the Co-Teaching PD on the 29th, and the Governor’s Forum on the 30th.  Continue to do great things for our kids.

Jason Freed

TEA President