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Strategic Plan


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In January 2016, Tulsa Public Schools adopted our 2015-2020 strategic plan, Destination Excellence, which describes a vision for teaching and learning in Tulsa. Destination Excellence calls for educators, students, families, and community, and district support teams to be learners, contributors, and designers.


Being a learner

Through learning, application, reflection, and persistence we grow every day. We understand that challenges and learning are important opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success.

Being a contributor

We are participants in and contributors to the well-being of our schools and larger communities. Because we have responsibilities to each other and our world, we are leaders who seek progress, effect change, and foster success in others.

Being a designer

We solve problems and bring ideas to life. Educators, staff, and students are engaged and successful with authority, time, and support necessary to reimagine, innovate, and iterate.

Our Strategies 

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Vanessa Portillo
Director of District Strategy and Implementation 

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Our Theory of Change

We believe that schools are the unit of change. We will create change by embracing innovation and supporting the design and implementation of new learning models for our students, classrooms, teams, schools and the district while we continuously improve teaching and learning for all.

Core Values

Our core values of equity, character, excellence, team, and joy guide how we work and interact with each other and our community.

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Our North Star

Every student at Tulsa Public Schools will develop the mindsets, knowledge, skills, and habits to achieve academic, career, and life success.