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Powerful literacy that provides a lifetime of opportunity

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Powerful literacy that provides a lifetime of opportunity

Tulsa Public Schools will develop students’ ability to read, speak, think, and write in all content areas through evidence-based instructional materials and equitable practices.

Our community says this matters because:

“Literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving, and communication are essential skills for students to achieve academically and professionally as contributing members of the Tulsa community.”

Our educators say this matters because:

“As educators, we believe that ALL of our students deserve the opportunity to learn. Students’ literacy skills, no matter the discipline, will position students as lifelong thinkers.”

Our students say this strategy matters because:

“Reading books, writing and speaking to us stimulates our imagination and expands our understanding of the world. It helps us develop language and listening skills and prepares us to understand the written word.”

A closer look

INITIATIVE 1: Provide rich literacy instruction based on the science of reading and personalized support focused on student’s individual literacy needs.

This means Tulsa Public Schools will:

» Adopt, update, and fully implement a text-rich, culturally-responsive core curriculum that reflects and honors the history, identity, and languages of our students and community

» Bring together teams to accelerate how students learn to read, write, listen, and speak through collaboration and align on rich text and shared tools

» Support school teams in adopting consistent practices to meet the needs of all readers

INITIATIVE 2: Support language acquisition for multilingual learners across all classrooms.

This means Tulsa Public Schools will:

» Support all team members in celebrating and building on students’ strengths in home languages and cultures

» Support all Pre-K-12 educators to embed effective language development practices into every classroom

» Provide opportunities for educators to deepen their expertise in English language development and serve as leaders among their peers

We will measure our progress through:

  • The percentage of proficient readers K-8.
  • The percentage of students reaching reading growth targets
  • Rates of students K-3 who have mastered foundational reading skills
  • The percentage of language learners gaining English proficiency
  • The percentage of our lowest readers reaching their growth targets