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.
- Strategy one: Create powerful learning experiences for all
- Strategy two: Cultivate Safe, Supportive, and Joyful School Cultures
- Strategy three: Attract, develop, and retain an effective, empowered team
- Strategy four: Incubate and implement innovative school and district designs
- Strategy five: design the district to be adaptive and responsive for students and families
Build, test, and refine the Tulsa Way for Teaching and Learning.
- Design an iterative process to establish and evolve our beliefs, tools and structures to develop and sustain masterful teaching and fully align our tools, resources, beliefs, and practices.
- Pilot a new learning management system tool.
- Design guidebooks to help teachers and school leaders integrate social and emotional learning into daily instruction.
Ensure that we have a great teacher in every classroom:
Support our principals in leading transformational change:
- Ensure the school leader role and competencies are reflective of transformational change and the Tulsa Way.
- Develop school talent role alignment to support growth, empower teachers, and facilitate a career ladder.
- Design a teacher leader model that can be scaled, distributes instructional leadership, and supports teacher development.
Reimagine the high school system through innovative classroom, school, and district designs:
- Learn from our community through city-wide engagement; review student data & outcomes, understanding the student experience.
- Launch the first cohort of three to four schools who will engage in school design and cast teams that progress through an 8-month process.
Provide great customer experiences:
- Increase capacity and skill to deliver excellent service through team training.
- Design and implement service culture circles to learn from success and failures.
- Create a portal where you can request services from a member of the district office service squad.
Create equitable access, excellence, and sustainability:
- Continue to evolve our school performance framework; develop an equity index that quantifies access to opportunity; adopt policy that articulates how both will be used to support continuous improvement.
- Test redesigned district and school annual planning process, inclusive of strategic resource allocation.
- Develop facilities strategy connected to improved access to quality learning experiences.
- Continue to build individual and team skill.
Director of District Strategy and Implementation
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.
Our core values of equity, character, excellence, team, and joy guide how we work and interact with each other and our community.
Our North Star
Every student at Tulsa Public Schools will develop the mindsets, knowledge, skills, and habits to achieve academic, career, and life success.