ImpactTulsa Works with City of Tulsa to Provide Internet Access to Families Across Tulsa

On August 13, ImpactTulsa was proud to stand alongside leaders from the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public Schools as we shared news about the funding of the Internet Access Task Force, which will bring free and low-cost wifi options to families across the city. These projects will be funded from the $30.9 million in State Coronavirus Relief Funds that the City of Tulsa will receive as a part of the State’s block grant program to municipalities and counties. Those funds will be used to meet the three initial objectives...

Collaboration Calls Help Schools and Businesses Connect on School Re-Entry

by Bailey McBride    As more and more students return to school both from home and in physical buildings, parents and business leaders are left with many questions about how to balance the new normal in education with employee needs and constraints. In order to help the community find solutions collaboratively, ImpactTulsa and the City of Tulsa joined forces to lead a series of collaborative calls for business leaders in preparation for the school year to examine how they might support the community and their employees in...

Equity in Education: Advancing Racial Equity in Public Schools

by Laura Latta, Ph.D., Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships and Research    Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final installment in the ImpactTulsa multi-part series, Equity in Education. For the previous three installments, please check the bottom of this post.   A Personal Note When I began writing this series in November, 2019, I certainly had no idea that over the course of the next seven months “life as usual” would be completely disrupted by a global pandemic,  causing hundreds of thousands of Americans (over a million global citizens) to...

IMPACTTULSA CONVENES BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF SCHOOL RE-ENTRY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2020   TULSA, OKLA. — ImpactTulsa and the City of Tulsa are leading a collaborative space for business leaders in preparation for the school year. ImpactTulsa is hosting a virtual collaboration call series for business leaders to examine how they might support the community and their employees in light of school reopening changes.   Mayor G.T. Bynum will kick-off the first collaboration call taking place this Friday, August 7, at 8 a.m. to spark ideas and inspire those present to collaborate on sharing ideas,...

Beyond Ally to Anti-Racist: Lessons from a White Leader on a Lifelong Journey

By Lauren Thiesse   The acts of racism like the recent violence against unarmed Black people across our nation including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, are not a new occurrence. Black people have spoken out about these injustices for lifetimes. Many people who have just now realized this need for change have benefitted from the protection of white privilege, and like me, are being called to action.   While working for ImpactTulsa, a data-driven organization with a vision for all students to be guaranteed a...

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER AND CAA SPORTS CREATE THUNDER FELLOWS PROGRAM FOR BLACK STUDENTS IN TULSA

July 7, 2020 Program to Unlock New Career Opportunities for Black Youth with Curriculum in Data & Analytics, Creating a Pipeline to Professional Roles in Sports, Entertainment, and Tech   Tulsa, OKLAHOMA-- The Oklahoma City Thunder and CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), announced today the Thunder Fellows Program, a partnership designed to unlock new opportunities in sports, technology, and entertainment for Black students in the Tulsa area, with ImpactTulsa as a core implementation partner.   Guided by the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre...

Continuous Learning and Improvement (CLI) Frequently Asked Questions

What is continuous learning and improvement (CLI)? It’s an approach to improvement by which a team uses data to refine a problem, sets goals, and implements small tests of change to identify practices that are successful and can be scaled to a larger scope; CLI is often managed by an improvement team and is an iterative, intentionally designed approach to incremental change.    How is CLI different from program evaluation? Whereas program evaluation often focuses on outcomes, CLI focuses on the processes that lead to the outcomes....

Responding to Racial Trauma in the Classroom: A Panel Discussion for Educators and Nonprofits

By Bailey McBride “Oftentimes, white voices are centered even in these conversations. So I think it’s powerful that there are so many white people on the call with mic’s muted, just listening.”   Dr. Ashley Bennett, Director of College Counseling at KIPP Sunnyside High School, summed up a thought-provoking and empowering discussion panel on “Responding to Racial Trauma in the Classroom,” that took place digitally on June 22.   The discussion, which can be viewed here, covered topics including culturally responsive instruction, addressing racial trauma, and supporting students of color...

ICAP 101: Preparing for Life After High School

By Laura Latta, Ph.D. Preparing for life after high school can feel like an exciting adventure and also a challenging obstacle course. There are many steps that students must take to prepare themselves for their post-high school college, career, or military dreams. In 2019, an Oklahoma bill was passed to help students plan for post-secondary success early in their school careers. Starting in 9th grade (or earlier) every Oklahoma student must complete an Individualized Career Academic Plan (ICAP for short) to help ensure that they have...

Weekly Resource Email: April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020   ImpactTulsa Partners and Community Members,     We are continually working with partners to compile and align resources, and we sincerely thank all who contributed information and updates. If you have a resource to share or are releasing news updates, please email us at info@impacttulsa.com so we can add your information to next week's resource round-up.       Oklahoma State Department of EducationFor the latest Oklahoma State Department of Education updates, please visit their website. For their latest answers to frequently asked questions, please refer here. For information on how to engage families during this time, check...