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lead our journey to DESTINATION EXCELLENCE

When you join Team Tulsa as a school leader, you become part of an incredible team that's working hard every day to change the world for students. Our school leaders are dedicated, passionate, caring educators who share a firm belief in ensuring success, equity, and opportunity for all of our students. And as district, we believe that our principals are key. We support your growth and continuous learning so that you can focus on hiring and cultivating talent, building relationships, and fostering a positive and safe school culture of learning.

If you're interested in maximizing your leadership potential, apply to join Team Tulsa today!


We believe that children can achieve ambitious goals and make positive contributions to our world.
We strive for excellence and are willing to make difficult decisions for students when necessary.
We value continuous learning to help our leaders grow through ongoing development.
We are innovative and support our leaders in solving problems for our students. 
We are committed to equity and provide supports to match student needs.
We are a team that values families, community members, and school collaboration.
We believe that our school leaders are the key to success and we're all-in to help them get there.
We have fun and embrace joy to inspire a lifelong love of learning for our students.

Steps to apply to school leadership positions

Application Submission and initial screening

  • The application window opens annually in December.
  • All applications are submitted via our online platform.


Applicants who meet experience and qualification requirements will be invited to complete a pre-screening phone interview and in-person written response.


school leader selection process interview day

Applicants who successfully complete the interview and written response will be invited to our full-day interview. There are a number of activities during the full-day interview, and participation in each activity is dependent on your score in the previous activity/activities. The full School Leader Selection Process Interview Day includes:

  • Video review of a teacher’s instructional practice and rating of the teacher’s performance using the Tulsa Model Rubric
  • Small group discussion of a problem of practice where candidate teams will be expected to develop recommendations and next steps for consideration.
  • Presentation of a 30-day entrance plan using school performance data (data will be provided in advance of the interview day). Each 10-minute presentation should include identified challenges as well as strategies to overcome those challenges.
  • Role play of a scenario where a principal is offering feedback to a teacher. The role play will also include follow up questions from instructional leadership directors.

admission into School leader candidate pool

Applicants who are successful in the School Leader Selection Process Interview Day will be admitted to the school leader candidate pool. Once in the pool, potential school leaders will meet with instructional leadership directors for follow-up questions and discussions regarding potential school matches. If a match is found, candidate will interview with the chief of schools and the superintendent of schools for possible recommendation and subsequent board approval.

transition into School leadership role

After the superintendent has announced the final selection of the school principal, the instructional leadership director and new principal will convene a transition team to support ongoing planning for school improvement, engagement, and supports. The transition team will include representatives from each of the following groups:

  • Teachers
  • Support staff members
  • Parents
  • Alumni
  • School foundation
  • Students (secondary only)

Professional learning spotlight: School leaders institute

Tulsa Public Schools' School Leaders Institute creates a community of ongoing learning for our Team Tulsa principals and assistant principals. Through monthly institute sessions, school leaders have the opportunity to engage in workshops and professional learning designed to:

  • Deepen school leaders' understanding of the school performance framework.
  • Facilitate the goal-setting process for students in the upcoming school year.
  • Help set district-wide outcome targets for student achievement and school culture.
  • Assist leaders in assessing personnel needs and allocations to best align budgets with student needs.