Educating the Whole Child

By: Kathy Seibold, Ed.D. ImpactTulsa Executive Director   If I were to poll parents and teachers, I am sure most would say it is equally important for kids to be prepared for life both academically and socially—that developing kind and caring citizens is a critical part of the educational process. But, when Harvard put this question to youth in a national survey, the results show a surprising gap in their perceptions of adult attitudes. In the survey “about 80 percent of the kids reported that they believed their parents...

ImpactTulsa Early Learning Data Link Proof of Concept

By Monroe Nichols, ImpactTulsa COO In our 2015 Community Impact Report, improving data access and quality was identified as “The Next Big Step.” The need to link academic and non-academic data across the entire education pipeline is critical to dramatically improving student outcomes. To that end, the ImpactTulsa team along with UPD Consulting and six community partners launched an innovative proof of concept project looking at early learning and access in our urban core.   This project featured 10 years of longitudinal data and nearly 50,000 de-identified student...

ImpactTulsa Names Executive Director

Tulsa, Okla. — ImpactTulsa announced today the hiring of educator and nonprofit administrator Kathy Seibold, Ed.D. as Executive Director. ImpactTulsa aligns community partners and 15 school districts across the Tulsa area to work collectively on improving outcomes to ensure a high-quality education for all students. Currently, ImpactTulsa initiatives range from early childhood to college enrollment with initiatives to expand pre-k enrollment, encourage FAFSA completion, and identify and spread best practices in schools.   “The search committee is very grateful that ImpactTulsa was able to attract such a strong pool...

Summer Internship with ImpactTulsa

By: Langley Dunn   The first thing I see when I walk into my summer internship at ImpactTulsa each morning is the message “Welcome, Langley!” on my office’s whiteboard, written there on my first day by the ImpactTulsa staff. The enthusiastic positivity and conscientious inclusivity of those words have marked every part of my experience working with ImpactTulsa since that first day, from the staff to the mission of the organization itself.   It's been an invaluable experience for me personally, as a college student searching frantically for what...

Congratulations Class of 2016!

by Katie Carter 2016 University of Oklahoma Graduate   [caption id="attachment_51477" align="alignright" width="240"] As I walked through campus today after graduation, I looked back and realized how many people have been behind me my whole life.[/caption] Throughout my college career, I gained once in a lifetime opportunities and experiences. One such opportunity was serving four years as a University of Oklahoma tour guide. I was able to welcome students to campus and explain all OU had to offer.  Upon my day of graduation, when I gave my final tour of...

Education Budget Crisis

by Cathy Burden, Ph.D.   America was founded on the belief that an educated citizenry is necessary for a true democratic society.  Therefore, universal access to quality educational opportunities is axiomatic as the bedrock of our society that values freedom and equality.  Unfortunately, those very institutions in Oklahoma that provide education to all – public schools and higher education – are currently being starved for resources and are therefore challenged to meet the growing needs of a diverse population.   After a long history of less than adequate education funding,...

Now is the Time to Invest in Oklahoma’s Children and Our Future

By David L. Boren   It seems like every day I open the newspaper there is another shocking headline about our public schools. Headlines like:   “Tulsa Public Schools offers buyouts for administrators” “Oklahoma City Public Schools cuts more than 200 teaching positions” “Districts across the state scale back to a four day school week” “Art, PE, Drama, AP and gifted programs on the chopping block” “Teachers agree to salary cut to save schools money”   Each headline a consequence of budget cuts to education that now have our schools operating in a real crisis.   Enough...

Ray Owens: ImpactTulsa movement working to close achievement gap

By RAY OWENS Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church as published in the Tulsa World February 28, 2016   High-quality education is essential to sustaining vital cities. In order to grow a well-trained workforce prepared to staff our corporations, grow small businesses and manage our public sector, we must make significant investments in education.   In this regard, Tulsa offers some notable assets. One of those strengths is the excellent work that established our city as a model for early childhood education. Many of our smallest learners are getting a tremendous start...

In Oklahoma, Anyone Can Afford to Go to College

Howard G. Barnett, Jr. President, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa   One of the real strengths of Oklahoma’s public higher education system is its accessibility, not only from an admissions standpoint but, maybe more importantly, from a cost standpoint.  Add to those benefits the wide variety of college and university offerings and there really is no reason any high school graduate who wants to go to college can’t find a place that works for him or her.   Let’s look at the many choices available in Oklahoma.  Our community college system operates...

From the CEO

One of the great joys of my career has been to help improve education including serving as CEO of ImpactTulsa. Since our launch, we have built an unprecedented partnership that has directly touched the lives of thousands of children across our community. We have moved quickly to focus efforts on improving outcomes for students, and have done so hand-in-hand with fifteen school districts.   As we enter our third year, our partnership is poised to continue this momentum with data driven initiatives to increase the number of...