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Why the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Matters

by Kathy Seibold, Executive Director of ImpactTulsa   Today.   This very day.   Oklahoma sits at a crossroads.   Will Oklahoma make education funding a priority? The result of this historic teacher walkout will give us that answer.   First, some good steps: The Oklahoma Legislature created positive momentum this session with the teacher raise...

Pre-K: Tulsa’s Important Role

by Diane M. Horm, Ph.D., and Sherri Castle, M.S., Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa   Currently, 42 states, including Oklahoma, invest state funds to offer pre-K to 4-year-olds as a strategy to enhance young children’s school readiness and success.  Pre-K enrollments have grown dramatically over the past...

Uncovering What Works

by Heidi Black, Senior Manager, Innovation at StriveTogether   What does it take for a community to achieve better results for every child, birth to career?   This is a question that I grapple with every day in my role as Senior Manager, Innovation at StriveTogether. One way that...

I Know A Lot About FAFSA

by Kuma Roberts   If you know a student graduating from high school, you have probably heard about FAFSA.  I know a lot about FAFSA. I know a lot about it because it is my job to help strengthen Tulsa’s education and workforce pipeline.   As a 42...

Empowering the Community

by Mayor GT Bynum   The failure of State Question 779 leaves many across our state asking the question "What is our next option for properlyfunding education in Oklahoma?" And while much of the discussion rightly focuses on the state government, an important potential partner remains on...

Educating the Whole Child

By: Kathy Seibold, Ed.D. ImpactTulsa Executive Director   If I were to poll parents and teachers, I am sure most would say it is equally important for kids to be prepared for life both academically and socially—that developing kind and caring citizens is a critical part of the...