The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board approved pay increases for the majority of its employees on May 10, 2016. All increases will be effective July 1, 2016.
Classroom teachers who are currently employed by the District will receive an additional $1,300 per year. Permanent employees who are assigned to employee agreements will advance a step on their salary schedules. The amount of the step increases varies among employee agreements but is usually about 1 percent.
Additionally, a proposal is in the works for classroom teachers who qualify for Pay for Performance monies to receive $3,000, double the amount from previous years. Stipends for Dual Language, math, science and exceptional education teachers remain in effect.
Because we think it is important for employees to have a break during the summer to take some time for themselves, we have decided that again this year, all school sites and District offices will be closed from July 4th – July 8th. There may be exceptions due to projects such as the Synergy implementation and other programs that provide services to families and students. Please check with your immediate supervisor for specifics. For more information, see this update >>
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Contract FAQ (in PDF)
To review and accept your contract:
Please note that per Arizona Revised Statute, employees covered under the TEA Consensus have 15 work days to accept a contract. If you do not accept your contract within that time frame, TUSD's offer of employment to you is revoked, thereby ending your employment with TUSD. You would need to apply for any vacancy as an external candidate in order to return to work at TUSD.If you have any questions, please call your HR Associate or HR Customer Service at 225-6035.
If you have questions about the contracts for the 2016-2017 school year, please see this FAQ (in PDF).
Register through TrueNorth Logic for summer professisonal development classes. With a range of courses from literacy to STEM, you're sure to find something just right for you. Browse the catalog for the complete listings >>
Tucson Unified School District will pay a Dual-Language Recruitment and Retention Incentive Stipend of $2500 that will be available to new-to-the-District incoming certified teachers and to certified teachers who currently work for the District that meet specific criteria. Learn more >>
Teachers of grades 5-7 are encouraged to apply for "Connecting with the World through Engineering." This Ed Ahead Initiative is designed to increase and sustain the use of science and engineering principles in the classroom to impact science and math achievement. Applications due May 9. Learn more >>
One of the important strategic goals for this year is to ensure that all teachers know how to access Tucson Unified curriculum through the district website. Help us track our completion of that goal by answering some brief questions through True North Logic. You'll also receive one hour of professional development credit when you do so. All teachers are required to participate, and it will only take a few moments of your time. To complete this, first go to the Curriculum Resource page. From there, you’ll be able to access the link to the True North Logic course, "How to Access TUSD Curriculum." Thank you!
The Work Calendar includes start and end dates for classified, certified, food service, transportation, and school safety employees.
ADE offers a variety of K-12 trainings on topics ranging from early writing instruction to creative uses of nonfiction in the classroom.
You can also find their professional development flier at ADE English Language Arts PD.
Each of their webinars and the majority of their face-to-face trainings are free, and they are a great way to improve your practice, network with teachers from around the state, and accrue professional development hours for recertification.
Their summer trainings tend to fill quickly, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot! See ADE's Schedule of Spring and Summer 2016 English Language Arts PD.
Attention juniors and parents of juniors: In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064) requiring the graduating class of 2017 to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificates. Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP.
To prepare for this test, please this Study Guide for Arizona Civics Test.
For more information, see this Presentation (in PDF).
The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year at the Governing Board meeting on November 10. The adopted calendar is very similar to the 2015-16 calendar, with a start date in the first week of August. Please take a look at the calendar to become familiar with proposed start and end dates, vacation days, and the payroll schedule. More info >>
Are you looking for a new or different position with Tucson Unified? Check out the new job site!
The "Employment" button in the top navigation bar of the TUSD website now leads to this new website. If you are looking for the Human Resources materials and information that were accessed through that button, please use the Directory to navigate to Human Resources, or click here.
Through TUSD's new ERP, employees can access and update much of their information! Take a look at the training materials to find out how to get started with Self-Service! Employee Self-Service Training Materials >>
TUSD has introducing a new time keeping system to help ensure that all hourly staff are compensated for the time they work. Hourly employees will clock in and out to record their work time by swiping their photo ID badg es at an electronic time clock terminal or by signing into a timekeeping web application from any networked computer in the district.
Learn more about this new system through the Time Clock Information and Training web pages >>
Please watch your Inbox for the further notifications about our time frame for moving individual accounts to the cloud. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the TS Service Desk at 225-6333. Thank you!
If you have a concern regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, please report your concern through the Sex Discrimination/ Sexual Harassment/ Sexual Assault Reporting Form. When submitted, this form will be emailed to the Title IX coordinator in the Student Equity Department for further action. You can reach the Title IX coordinator at (520) 225-4316.
It's just about time for spring assessments! Take a look at the AZMerits Information page for important information that you can share with parents and guardians about this system.
The TUSD Governing Board has voted to implement Synergy®, the new Statewide Student Information System. The new system will provide principals, teachers, parents, and students with data at their fingertips. Work begins immediately and the system will be fully implemented for August 2016, the start of the 2016-17 school year. Take a look at FAQs to learn more about what this system offers you! More information >>
Participating in the TUSD Wellness Incentive Program in 2015-2016 will qualify you for rewards and premium rebates the following plan year, plus assure that you are taking positive steps towards preventing disease and living healthier. More info >>
Check out the curriculum materials!
We're excited to announce the Infant & Early Learning Centers for children ages 6 weeks to preschool-aged. This quality option for TUSD's working parents is now open! Register now to take advantage of this excellent and affordable program. For more information, see the Infant & Early Learning Center web pages.