ImpactTulsa names Mayor G.T Bynum as new Leadership Council Chair

Tulsa, Okla. –– Mayor G.T. Bynum will join ImpactTulsa on Oct. 30 as the new Leadership Council Chair. The ImpactTulsa Leadership Council is a group of innovative leaders from various groups that participate in strategic discussion to actualize these education solutions and remove potential barriers. Among this council are representatives from education, non-profit, business, civil and faith-based Tulsa-area organizations.   “ImpactTulsa is an organization that uses data, evidence, and evaluation to improve education outcomes for Tulsa children,” Mayor Bynum said. “Having sought the office of mayor out...

Strive Together Conference 2019: Together We Are Unstoppable!

This month, the entire ImpactTulsa team traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the 10th annual Cradle to Career Network Convening hosted by StriveTogether. Cradle to Career is a gathering of changemakers united in the work of breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for every child, regardless of race or zip code.   Several of our ImpactTulsa team members presented to more than 400 community leaders, social change agents and policymakers at the national convening. Jessica Smith, Andrea Stacy and Dr. Delia Kimbrel, along with Jonathan McIIroy from...

State of Education: How Innovative Approaches Can Increase Postsecondary Completion in Oklahoma

By Dr. Laura Latta   A city where every kid has equal opportunity Those who attended Thursday’s State of Education luncheon walked away with two challenges, one from Mayor G.T. Bynum and one from Dr. Danette Howard, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Lumina Foundation. Mayor Bynum directly addressed the racial inequities in education in the city, sharing the statistics that less than half of all Tulsa students graduate high school with the English and language arts skills necessary to be successful in a postsecondary program...

Mobile Food Initiative Helps Motivate Attendance in Tulsa Public Schools

A student-led initiative at Central High School in Tulsa hosted Food Truck Fridays as an effort to increase attendance during May, a month in which attendance historically drops. Food On The Move partnered with ImpactTulsa to provide free food and fresh produce to students who met the qualifying criteria.   Goal:  The goal of this initiative was to increase average daily attendance on certain historical dip days at the end of the school year. ImpactTulsa focused on understanding the best meeting structures and processes to use with the...

We know who is at risk. We partnered with schools and developed resources. Is it working?

by Andrea Stacy     In the fall of 2017, ImpactTulsa partnered with Tulsa Public Schools to address one of the early indicators of student success, attendance.  We have spent the past year encouraging students to “Be Here to Get There”! By creating and using a predictive model for chronic absenteeism, together we helped school leaders determine who is at risk of becoming chronically absent with 86% accuracy by the 20th day of school. ImpactTulsa has worked alongside principals, attendance teams, and school staff to put into practice...

Carlisha Williams Bradley of ImpactTulsa: ‘Access to high-quality education for all students is one of the greatest civil rights issues’

1. Can you explain ImpactTulsa and the work you do?   ImpactTulsa is a collective impact organization that works with school districts, nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic leaders in support of a high-quality education for all students. We do this by measuring what matters, sharing best practices and aligning resources with the goal of policy and systemic change to better serve Tulsa’s students.   ImpactTulsa’s partnership aligns 15 public school districts and community leaders across the Tulsa area around data that shows opportunities for immediate action. The organization focuses...

City Council to vote on truancy resolution

TULSA, Okla. -- The Tulsa City Council will vote on a proposed resolution to combat truancy at area schools Wednesday evening.   It’s not the first time the council has tackled the issue. When Tulsa Public Schools rejected the council’s first proposal, councilors went back to the drawing board. Now, they’re hoping to get the green light on a new plan with a pretty significant change.   “We had this task force going for the last six months and came up with a solution to have a ‘Therapeutic Court’...

Attendance: We know who is at risk. What now?

    The research is clear: Students who are in class every day will be more successful than those who miss out. Students who are chronically absent – or students who miss more than 10% of school for any reason – are at a much higher risk of dropping out of school or failing their classes.  This is an average of 2 days per month.   ImpactTulsa used data to identify the student and non-student factors to develop a predictive model that can be replicated and customized by any...

Introducing ImpactTulsa’s Executive Director, Carlisha Williams Bradley

Tulsa, Okla. —  Carlisha Williams Bradley, seasoned education and Tulsa community leader will join ImpactTulsa as Executive Director.   “As we approach our fifth year in supporting  better education outcomes for all students in the Tulsa region, Carlisha Williams Bradley is the perfect leader for the next phase of our work,” said Kathy Taylor, Impact Tulsa Founder and chair of the Leadership Council. “Carlisha is not only steeped in education policy but is a nonprofit leader, native Tulsan, social enterprise strategist and best-selling author.  Her lifelong passion and...

Attendance predictive model: driving policy changes and interventions for students at risk of chronic absenteeism

By: Jessica Smith, Director of Early Learning     At every age, for every demographic, and in every school district, the story is the same: students who miss more school than their peers are more likely to have lower academic outcomes and also delayed development of crucial social skills needed for success.   In the United States, about 5-7.5 million students miss almost a month of school every year, meaning they are chronically absent. These absences lead to some serious consequences. Many national studies show this lack of instructional time...