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.

We are creating orders of essential school supplies for distribution to each Title I school for July and August to ensure each school has supplies on hand for the new school year to serve students in need. Distribution will be completed by August 21.

Beginning August 17, teachers at Title I schools can place an online order (through our Teacher Portal) for pickup from our office at 2306 N. Howard Avenue. Teachers may place one order from August 17 – September 20.

Beginning in October and currently planned through December, online ordering will take place from the 1st of the month through the 20th of each month.

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 once a month. 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. (Starting August 22)

*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
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Who Can Shop

Qualifying Hillsborough County Public Schools teachers are invited to shop once a month—last year that averaged $289 per shopping trip in FREE supplies.

  • 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 once a month (August – May) for an average of $289 in free school supplies.

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. This shopper can shop once a month (Aug – May) for an average of $1,000 or more in free school supplies.

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.

Getting Started

It is easy to become a shopper at our Teaching Tools Resource Center Online. Just follow the simple steps below. We look forward to your first visit.

Step 1. Review our Policies & Eligibility Form. 
Step 2. Access our portal to login. 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 3. For your first visit to our portal each school year, you will be prompted to review and agree to all terms of our Policies & Eligibility Form. Once you click “Accept Agreement”, you will be brought to our main welcome page.

Step 4. Click “Place Order Online” 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 11-20, 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. Instructions: Pull 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.

Step 5. Select your 25 items from the list and click “Complete Order.”

Step 6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select an Appointment Day/Time to pick up your order. 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, please reschedule it as soon as you can. All orders not picked up by the end of the month will be restocked.

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.