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...

Initiative Seeks to Bring Together the Puzzle Pieces for Improving Tulsa Schools

By: Rebecca Hollis, Oklahoma Policy Institute With over 300 early childhood education providers, fifteen independent school districts, ten four-year colleges, one community college, and more than one hundred education-related nonprofits in the greater Tulsa area, the task of educating students involves a huge number of individuals and institutions. Yet for all these efforts, we don’t have a good idea of who is doing what, or what programs are showing the best results. This disconnect is what Jeff Edmonson, Managing Director of the StriveTogether Network, has called...

Lunch & Learn | CREOKS Helps Fill the Gaps

Lunch & Learn's kicked off at CREOKS, a behavioral health non-profit in located in Tulsa and serving the entire state. CREOKS has a number of school and home based services and were early on seen as an important partner for the initiative. “From the very early stages, CREOKS was recommended to be a part of the conversation. Their outcome-based work with students in schools and homes show they help students improve in all areas of their lives.” said Monroe Nichols, Chief Operating Officer, IMPACT!Tulsa. Nichols presented the...

Leaders from Business, Education, Philanthropy, and Faith Community Meet for Design Institute

First, we want to thank you for attending the Design Institute. We had nearly 100 people from Business, Education, Philanthropy, and the Faith Community—you make this partnership possible. Second, we were reading through the commitment cards–we’re grateful for your generosity and the level of commitment to improving the lives of students in the Tulsa area. We’ll follow up on the areas you indicated soon. Next Steps We had great response from the data side and we fully expect to have a strong group working in this area. Our...