Community Impact Report Release

Join us for the latest about Tulsa-area education and learn to ignite action toward change.



Tuesday, February 27

5:30 p.m.


Tulsa City-County Central Library

Aaronson Auditorium

400 Civic Center, Downtown Tulsa


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Breakout Sessions with Tom Vander Ark and John Tapogna

In addition to speaking at our Community Impact Report Release, Vander Ark and Tapogna will also be speaking at individual breakout sessions. Reserve your seat at either or both sessions today!

Tom Vander Ark will be speaking at the ImpactTulsa Breakout: High School Redesign Roundtable on February 28.


John Taponga will be speaking at the ImpactTulsa Breakout: Data discussion on February 27.


National Speakers

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for powerful learning experiences that prepare youth for the automation economy. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts, colleges, and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on his Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation, and contributes to, Medium, HuffPost, and LinkedIn.
Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. Tom is Board Chair of Charter Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation and Imagination Foundation.

Report Analysis

John Tapogna, President of ECONorthwest, will present the report analysis. John founded ECONorthwest’s social policy practice, which provides rigorous analytic and evaluation support to education, human services, workforce development, and criminal justice programs across the United States. Prior to joining ECONorthwest, he was a budget analyst for the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, where he forecasted the nation’s welfare spending and estimated the cost of key congressional legislation.  John has been an ImpactTulsa partner since our founding and provides us with a national context for our local data work.