Tours For Teachers
Tours for Teachers
Connecting Gilbert’s Educators and Businesses to Support a Strong Workforce

Goal: To provide an extended continuing education* program for teachers, administrators and staff serving Gilbert by providing insight and resources as they help to prepare students for gainful employment; to reduce the training-to-productivity gap currently experienced by local industry; and to gain a better understanding of the current and future employability needs and trends within the local economy. 

Professional Development: Tours for Teachers is verified Arizona Department of Education/Career & Technical Education sponsored or approved staff/professional developoment to be used for CTE certification in lieu of college credit. Completion of the program certifies 30 professional development clock hours.

Eligibility: Applicants should be teachers, administrators or staff serving students of any grade level within the Town of Gilbert.  College students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the study of Education are eligible to apply.

Term: 7 months (September – March); up to 40 CE hours can be earned.

Tuition: $150; includes materials, some meals and up to 40 CE hours. Transportation is typically, but not always, provided. Grants may be available through your employer or district’s education foundation. 

Graduation:  With satisfactory participation, and upon earning at least 32 program points, participants will receive a certificate of completion .

Program Overview:

Proposed 2018-2019 Issue Days:
These dates/times are subject to change.
  • August 27, 2018 – Orientation - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (2 CE hours)
  • August 28, 2018 – Day 1 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (9 CE hours) 
  • November 6, 2018 – Day 2 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (9 CE hours) 
  • February 5, 2019 – Day 3 -  7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (9 CE hours) 
  • February 6, 2019 – Closing Reception - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (2 CE hours) 
Independent Assignments:
  • Responses to discussion questions (points vary)
  • Responses to review and reflection surveys (points vary)
 Independent Exploration:
  • Host a business as a guest speaker in your classroom. Speaker’s focus should be on opportunities for employment within his/her field; the types of skills, training, and education are required to fill these jobs; what does his/her industry look like 10 or 15 years from now? (2 CE hour) 
  • Shadow a business professional for four (4) hours. Work with Tours For Teachers administrator to be matched with a local expert in your area of interest.  (4 CE hours) 
Potential Site Tours Include:
  • American Furniture Warehouse
  • Banner Gateway Medical Center/Banner MD Anderson
  • Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Northrup Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK)
  • ROCKET Media
  • Town of Gilbert's Water Treatment Facility
  • Wisdom Natural Brands

To Apply:
Up to 17 applicants will be accepted for the 2018-2019 Tours for Teachers program. Please submit your application to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation on or before July 30, 2018. Approval from your reporting supervisor is required and should include the following statement: 

"I understand the Tours for Teachers requires participants to commit to three full days over the course of the program; these days are calendared school days and will require an approved absence on behalf of the participant. I am in support of this applicant’s participation in the Tours for Teachers program."

Additionally, a letter of recommendation is strongly encouraged. Participants will be notified of their selection status by August 6, 2018. 

I have just loved this wonderful experience this year. I enjoyed learning about all of the amazing employment opportunities available in Gilbert. Our students are very lucky to have so many outstanding business es that want hire and groom our next generation.
Class II Participant

I've been to many Professional developments in my 9 years as a teacher. Some sounded amazing but when I arrived it was nothing like the advertisement. So, I wasn't sure what would happen with this experience. I was pleasantly surprised that this is a program that does what I thought it would do, provide real contacts in the business world.
– Andrea Yancey-Goodwin, Graphic Design Teacher, Higley High School, Class I

This was one of the best experiences in my tenure in education. Every aspect of the day was top notch.
– Jane Przeslica, Community Education, Gilbert Public Schools, Class I