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Setting Teachers Up for Success from Day One

At TPS, we do everything we can to make sure our teachers are prepared to succeed in the classroom—and have the support you need to enjoy long, rewarding careers with our district.

Summer Orientation and Induction

New teachers are invited to participate in a summer orientation. This program helps you become acclimated to your specific school as well as the district setting—to ensure you are ready for your first day and prepared for this exciting journey with TPS.

Student doing art workNew Teacher Mentor Program

To support the development of our newest teachers, we have created the New Teacher Mentor Program—a first-class, intensive mentoring and induction program that provides one-on-one coaching and support from a dedicated, experienced mentor.

The program is specifically focused on first and second year TPS teachers, in K–12 core subjects, who are new to the teaching profession.

Through weekly meetings, our mentors will help beginning teachers:

  • Engage with students by supporting them through observing instruction, creating co-teaching lessons and collecting and sharing classroom data
  • Manage the classroom by collaborating around established standards for student behavior, co-planning routines and procedures and promoting equality
  • Organize the classroom more effectively by meeting to arrange physical space, create systems for organization and strategically choose student resources
  • Plan for instruction by providing support in lesson planning, differentiating for diverse learning needs and engaging students in problem solving
  • Assess student work by assisting with designing differentiated assessments, analyzing student work and developing grading systems
  • Improve communication by supporting effective outreach with parents, school administration and colleagues
  • Plan for specific events by helping coordinate parent conferences, field trips and school programs

New Teacher Program

Student in Cat in the HatGrowth and Leadership Opportunities Abound

Whether taking an active role on a school committee or working with our many community partners, TPS teachers are faced with countless possibilities to innovate and further your impact beyond the classroom.

New teachers (1st–5th year) are encouraged to apply for summer internship opportunities at our Education Service Center to develop leadership skills by working alongside district leaders on improvement initiatives.


John WaldronquoteI enjoy working for Tulsa Public Schools because it has created many opportunities for me to grow professionally and personally. I have been able to expand my leadership skills outside the four walls of the classroom—and grow in my knowledge and craft. Because of the strong emphasis on professional growth, I was inspired to attain my master’s degree in literacy and National Board certification.

—Carolyn Thomas, Novice Mentor Teacher
2010 Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year



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