Picture of tools (markers and crayons) hanging in aisle at Teaching Tools Resource Center, two teachers blurred out in the background, Hillsborough Education Foundation

Teaching Tools Resource Center

An important message about COVID-19

While the work of our mission to strengthen public education in Hillsborough County continues, we have closed our office to guests—including our Teaching Tools Resource Center—based on the CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19. The safety of our shoppers, volunteers and staff is of utmost concern. We are working on innovative ways to continue to get core school supplies into the hands of our students who need them most.

As of January 2021, we have implemented a new shopping policy. Eligible teachers will now be able to shop twice per semester: January-May and July-December and receive more core supplies and more products per pickup.  We hope this program change will save you time and gas, while continuing to provide these critical supplies and resources for you and your students.

Each semester, you will be able to place 2 large orders and schedule a date(s) for pickup.

  • Example #1: You can place two orders in the same month to schedule a pickup on one day. If you opt for this example, you will be eligible to shop again the next semester.
  • Example #2: You can place one order in two different months to have the opportunity to select different holiday/special items.

*An order must be picked up in the month it was placed, or the order will be canceled and restocked at the end of the month.

How you place an order and schedule a pickup has not changed. Please visit our teacher portal at teachersfreestore.com/HEF/ttlogin.aspx.

Place your (2) Second Semester orders during these timeframes (the ordering window opens and closes at 5 p.m. in the portal on these dates):

  • Friday, January 8th through Friday, January 22nd
  • Tuesday, February 2nd through Friday, February 19th
  • Tuesday, March 2nd through Monday, March 22nd
  • Friday, April 2nd through Monday, April 19th
  • Monday, May 3rd through Wednesday, May 19th

We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and make informed decisions to help protect the health and safety of our community. Updated information will be shared on our website and social media channels, and we encourage you to visit often to learn about reopening plans and additional announcements. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our mission to strengthen public education in Hillsborough County.

Empowering teachers with the resources and support you need to be effective in the classroom is critical for student achievement.

At our Teaching Tools Resource Center, teachers in Hillsborough County’s Title I schools can shop for free core school supplies and other resources. Our Teaching Tools Resource Center is managed and operated by Hillsborough Education Foundation and staffed by dedicated volunteers.

Hours & Location

School Year Pickup Hours

Monday, August 17, 2020 – Thursday, May 27, 2021

Mondays:  2:30 – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2:30 – 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 2:30 – 5 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday shopping: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

*Please Note: The Teaching Tools Resource Center is not holding in-person shopping opportunities until further notice. All shopping is being done online and all teachers must schedule their appointment in advance to pick up curbside.

Location

2306 N. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL  33607
Phone: (813) 574-0260
Get Directions 

Who Can Shop

Qualifying Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers are invited to shop for free supplies through our Teaching Tools Resource Center:

  • Full-time Teachers
  • Resource Teachers
  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • School Psychologists
  • VE, PE, Art & Music Teachers
  • ESOL Teachers
  • Speech Therapists/Pathologists
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Media Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Instructional Coaches

Aides and paraprofessionals may only pick up online orders curbside on behalf of a teacher who has scheduled a pickup appointment.

Full-Service Schools
All full-time teachers and designated faculty at Hillsborough County Public Schools Title I schools can shop from August through May per our current shopping process policy.

Click here to determine if your school is approved for shoppers as a Full-Service School.

One-Representative Schools
At One-Representative Schools, the principal assigns one shopper to serve as the designated shopper for the school.

Click here to determine if your school is approved for shoppers as a One-Representative School.

Volunteer-to-Shop Schools
All full-time Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers at schools that we currently do not serve at Full-Service schools can volunteer 3 hours a month at the Teaching Tools Resource Center to earn a free shopping trip. Teachers at One-Representative schools are eligible to volunteer to shop. All volunteers must be healthy and follow our established safety protocols.

Deliver to my School
30 select Title I schools in outlying areas of our county are eligible to have items shipped to their schools. Shoppers at these schools also have the option to schedule a pickup at HEF

Click here to determine if your school is approved for delivery.

How to Shop Online with Us

It is easy to shop at our Teaching Tools Resource Center online. Just follow the simple steps below.

Step 1. Access our portal to login educationfoundation.com/TeachingToolsResourceCenter. Place an online order and schedule either Curbside Pickup or Drop In & Pick Up. Our reservation process ensures that we can provide the best customer service possible. Logging in to the portal is easy, all you need are two items: Your district email address and your district assigned “Lawson number”.

Example:

Step 2. For your first visit to our portal each school year, you will be prompted to review and agree to all terms of this Policies & Eligibility Form electronically. Once you click “Accept Agreement,” you will be directed to our main welcome page.

Step 3. Click “Place Order Online.”

Step 4. Select an appointment under “Available Shopping Dates” (if you are a Delivery School please select your fulfillment option first). Time slots are 30-60 minutes and you must show up within that time slot to be served. We are operating with minimal staff and volunteers and cannot make exceptions. If you can’t make it to your scheduled appointment, you can reschedule your appointment yourself until 6 p.m. on your scheduled day. All orders not rescheduled by 6 p.m. on your scheduled day and all orders not picked up by the end of the month will be canceled and restocked.

Step 5. Select your “Pickup Option.” You will have the option to select one of two pickup choices:

  1. Contactless Curbside Pickup: For this option, you remain in your vehicle and your order will be placed in your trunk. Instructions: Pull into a parking spot marked 11-25, text the number on the sign with your name (and the name of anyone else you’re picking up for), school and spot number. We will bring the order(s) out to you.
  2. Drop In & Pick Up: For this option, you will be called to enter the back of the warehouse to pick up your box and select a few extra items. You are required to wear a mask and use the provided hand sanitizer. InstructionsPull into a parking spot marked 1-10, text the number on the sign with your name (and the name of anyone else you’re picking up for), school and spot number. We will call you when it is your turn to enter the warehouse.
  3. Deliver to my School: This option is reserved for 30 select Title I schools that are in outlying areas of our county. Teachers at these schools can either come to our site to pickup or have items shipped. Check out our website for the list of schools that are eligible for delivery.

Step 6. Select your items from the list and click “Complete Order.”

How to Substitute Shop

Currently, there is no substitute shopping. However, you may schedule a pickup on the same date/time as a coworker and we are happy to place your order in their vehicle during pickup. This may be done for several teachers from the same school, as long as you have selected the same date/timeslot for pickup. The designated pickup person must text all the names on the orders for pickup.

Aides and paraprofessionals may only pick up online orders curbside on behalf of a teacher. Identification is required.

Contact Celine Palmer at [email protected] or (813) 574-0260 Ext: 0 for questions or to schedule a volunteer opportunity at our Teaching Tools Resource Center.