We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…

If I am being honest, I wasn’t really surprised when I was cut from my high school’s pom squad entering freshman year.  I have since learned that my dancing should be restricted to wedding receptions and living room dance parties with my kids.  At the time, however, I really wanted to be a part of something.  I wanted to do high kicks alongside my middle school friends as we embarked on the new journey of high school.   Little did I know, I would be voted “Most...

Save the Date

Tulsa Public Schools is hosting a series of community forums to gather ideas and input from parents, students and Tulsa citizens in order to develop the district's new five-year strategic plan. Attendees will participate in small group exercises and share their discussion with the larger group. You may attend any session.
 All sessions are from 6-7:30 p.m.   Thursday, Sept. 3rd East Central High School 12150 E. 11th St.   Tuesday, Sept. 15th McLain High School 4929 N. Peoria Ave.   Tuesday, Sept. 22nd Webster High School 1919 W. 40th St.   Tuesday, Sept. 29th Central High...

Join us for a Day of Caring

The Tulsa community is fortunate to be surrounded by organizations and individuals who want to see the Tulsa community advance in education, health, safety and financial stability. Through the Tulsa Area United Way alone, there are 60 partner agencies serving these needs. But there is no day that better demonstrates the service-minded nature of our community than the Tulsa Area United Way’s Annual Day of Caring.     Day of Caring is a Tulsa tradition that showcases our city’s generosity, community spirit, and willingness to roll up its...

Make a United Impact Every Day

I am a new father and there is nothing more important to me than my son. I want him to have the best education and opportunities here in Tulsa, and I think we can all agree that the state of education in Oklahoma needs attention. This was the main reason I was driven to get involved in the Impact Tulsa education forum on June 10th.   The event was a joint venture with Impact Tulsa and the United Way Women's Leadership Council called Making a United Impact...

Tulsa City-County Library Offers Summer Reading Programs for All Ages!

Tulsa City-County Library’s No. 1 goal is that the children of Tulsa County will grow up able to compete globally. The participation in the Summer Reading Program of over 40,000 children, tweens and teens each year helps move us toward that goal. In post-program surveys, parents and caregivers reported that 50 to 70 percent of the children who participated in the Summer Reading Program increased their reading skills, voluntary reading, amount of reading and library usage. Thanks to the generosity of area businesses and organizations, children,...

#ThankATeacher from CEO Kathy Taylor

Some of you know me as Kathy Taylor, former Mayor of Tulsa. Some of you know me as Kathy Taylor, businesswoman. And, some of you - know me as Kathy Taylor, friend. But, the person I am today is the result of the many teachers who served as my mentors over the years. Yes, they were skillful in their academic instruction, but that is only one of the many roles teachers played in my life.   Their wise words, helpful guidance, and - yes - some of their tough...

A message from ImpactTulsa CEO Kathy Taylor

Dear Partners, 2015 has been a busy and exciting year for the ImpactTulsa partnership. As we move forward with this unprecedented cross sector partnership focused on data driven strategies to improve student success, we have engaged in new conversations and are navigating exciting new territory. We have launched the initial work teams around our priority outcomes. With the work of Janell Chery, Director of Research and Analysis and data specialists from our partner districts we continue to work on building more robust data around all of...

IMPACTTULSA TO SHARE LESSONS LEARNED WITH NEW CRADLE TO CAREER PARTNERSHIPS (STRIVETOGETHER BLOG)

by Jennifer Perkins, Director of Network Engagement for StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. Click here for the original article at StriveTogether.org. Nine leaders from Tulsa, OK, including superintendents from the area’s four largest school districts and investors committed to supporting Tulsa youth, traveled to Chicago last March to learn more about collective impact. This team represented ImpactTulsa, one of 43 exploring communities from 19 different states who came together at the 2014 StriveTogether Exploring Communities Convening. At the Exploring Communities Convening, ImpactTulsa and other teams just starting to bring...

Data: A GPS for Student Success (StriveTogether Blog)

by Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of StriveTogether, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. Effective use of data provides the information needed to personalize education so every child is on the most expeditious path to success. Imagine the power of this opportunity. If teachers, parents, grandparents, coaches, social service providers, non-profit organizations and all professionals working with youth are armed with information to help tailor the learning journey of every child, we are much more likely to arrive where we intend to go. More importantly, children are much more...

Todd Williams: Poverty is not destiny (Dallas Morning News) – guest speaker at ImpactTulsa Leadership Council

[ImpactTulsa Note: We are so glad to have Todd Williams as our guest speaker at our Leadership Council, February 5, 2015] Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn there’s a high correlation between student achievement and poverty across our nation. The same is true in Dallas, where nearly three-quarters of children in the county’s public schools now qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and the city ranks third in the nation in child poverty. For a region so plentiful in resources, the disparities in our own backyard are...