#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...

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...