We welcome the Graduate918 Partnership!

Graduate918 is an ImpactTulsa partnership focused on increasing high school completion and postsecondary enrollment. 2015 hard already been big for Graduate918. We had engagement from a diverse set of local leaders including K-12, and post secondary educators, as well as members of the business, philanthropic and faith community. These partners all came together to discuss ways to increase the number of students completing high school ready for college or career. Our educational partners are much more than educators - they are economic developers. The close tie between education...

Say HELLO to the “Ready to Read” Partnership

Ready to Read is an ImpactTulsa partnership focused on increasing early reading proficiency. The ImpactTulsa partnership of education professionals and stakeholders are developing action plans. What we know: Students from economically disadvantaged households across the region are a full grade level behind their peers in reading proficiency. 4,557 students (or 53%) across the region are not proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. 83% of English Language Learners (ELL) students are non-proficient readers by the end of 3rd grade. 75% of students not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are four...

Early Grades Crucial in Path to Reading Proficiency (Education Week)

States press to ensure that children in the earliest grades get the literacy support they need to meet crucial 3rd grade milestones By Christina A. Samuels Children who are not reading proficiently by 3rd grade are widely seen as being in academic crisis. Educators are increasingly looking for actions they can take in the younger grades—even as early as preschool—to head off failure later in a child's school career. The stakes are clear: Studies have shown that absent effective intervention, children who read significantly below grade level by 3rd...

5 Financial Aid, Student Loan Changes to Anticipate in 2015 (U.S. News & World Report)

The past several years brought some notable changes to student loans and financial aid. But 2015 should be different, say experts. "Generally, we don’t anticipate too many major changes this year," says Megan McClean, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' managing director of policy and federal relations. Still, there are some student loan tweaks on the docket in 2015. Some are certainties, others are proposals. Here are five to expect. 1. Federal student loan interest rates will ​rise or fall. Prepare for changes on the interest rates of...

ImpactTulsa Supporters Call on Education Officials to Work Together and Do Things Differently (Tulsa World)

By ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer Leaders of a new initiative to reform education across the Tulsa area issued a call on Tuesday for schools and the community entities that support them to have the courage to do things differently. A special event marked the first report by ImpactTulsa, a collaborative partnership of 10 school districts, CareerTech, higher education, and dozens of business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic and faith entities. “As I talk to my colleagues around the nation about how this work progresses, they say it progresses at...

Tulsa World Editorial: A Data-driven Approach to Improving Student Outcomes (Tulsa World)

In the Tulsa tradition, a group of community leaders has recognized a daunting problem, worked out a smart strategy for addressing it and are forging ahead. ImpactTulsa is a privately organized, data-driven effort to make real, measurable improvements in metropolitan Tulsa’s public schools. The group — led by former Mayor Kathy Taylor and funded by the Schusterman Family Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Regional Chamber and Tulsa Community Foundation — will provide its initial public report Tuesday, and the challenges are significant. Initial...

ImpactTulsa a New Effort to Focus on Common, Regional K-12 Education Goals (Tulsa World)

By ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer ImpactTulsa is launching with a specific end in mind: improving educational outcomes for students across the metro area. But it’s the method that sets this new initiative apart. The idea, which came from a national network called Strive Together, is to harness expertise, resources and a variety of perspectives from across an entire region to collectively set goals, work to achieve them and measure progress. ImpactTulsa already counts the leaders of 10 school districts, CareerTech, higher education, and dozens of business, philanthropic, nonprofit,...

(Tulsa Voice) New Initiative Aims to Improve Education with Data-Driven Strategies

BY KATHY TAYLOR For decades, compassionate people who care about education have worked tirelessly to increase student success in order to keep America competitive in a global economy. We have added a multitude of programs and private resources, yet we are still disappointed with the pace of change. We are program rich but system poor. We loudly rail against dismal schoolhouse grades but fail to produce data that can be used as a flashlight to diagnose opportunities for improvement. Despite our well-intentioned efforts, too many children...

Report | Tulsans with Some Postsecondary Education Have Roughly Maintained their 1980s Wage Levels

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"] Education attainment is the KEY to regional prosperity and individual opportunity—now more than ever. John Tapogna with ECONorthwest, an economic development firm, takes a look at Tulsa education and wage data in the attached analysis. He clearly shows that regional prosperity and individual opportunity is undeniably tied to educational attainment. Tulsans with some postsecondary education have roughly maintained their 1980s wage levels. Those with a bachelor’s degree or more have experienced gains. His analysis underscores the opportunity the IMPACT!Tulsa partnership has to...

Lunch & Learn | Foundation for Tulsa Schools

Last week, the IMPACT!Tulsa (Impact Tulsa) team, led by CEO Kathy Taylor, had the opportunity to present the partnership to the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. Led by Lucky Lamons, President & CEO of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools, the foundation is responsible for fundraising efforts for the Tulsa Public Schools district. The Foundation for Tulsa Schools helps fund Teachers and Leaders Effectiveness (TLE) and Community Schools with the help of partners from the Tulsa community including individuals and businesses such as AEP. The board is made...