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making a difference begins with you
Tulsa Public Schools teachers are the heart and soul of our work to prepare every student for the greatest success in college, careers, and life. Whether you're a certified teacher or looking to transition into teaching, we're eager for you to join our team of committed educators who believe:
- That all children are capable of greatness;
- That school should be a safe space where all students can bring their whole, authentic selves; and
- That high expectations will help our students reach incredible heights.
When you make the choice to join Team Tulsa, you become part of a dynamic community striving to embody our core values of equity, character, excellence, team, and joy every day.
Please note that all offers of employment are conditional and contingent upon successful background screening and drug testing.
New teacher Total Compensation starts at $45,411*
This calculation is based on salary for a first year teacher with a bachelor's degree.
Top Ten Reasons to Teach with Team Tulsa
We believe that all children can achieve.Every child can learn. Every child has talent. Every child has value. Great education is demanding and engaging, structured and joyful, challenging and supportive. To succeed in a competitive world and to serve as the next generation of leaders, students must engage in their education, own their learning, and feel accepted and supported in our schools.
We value diversity and equity.We provide resources and supports that match student needs, for every student in every school. We believe that diversity is a community treasure and we must foster an inclusive environment for all by examining biases and resolving unfair practices.
We know that teachers are our greatest asset.Extraordinary teachers are the heart of successful schools. We ask a lot of our teachers and, in return, must provide the conditions and work environments that promote professional satisfaction and student achievement. Our entire community must value, respect, and support teachers as the irreplaceable professionals they are.
We support our teachers and help them grow.Teachers must continually hone their craft and content knowledge to design engaging learning and facilitate success in every student. The Tulsa Way for Teaching and Learning represents a collaborative journey to create, communicate, and foster beliefs, practices, structures, tools, and supports that serve as foundational principles for great teaching.
We make tough decisions.We make decisions, take action, and approach our work based on what is best for our students and their success. We do the right thing even when it is hard, face difficulty with courage, and have the moral fortitude to act in accordance with our beliefs.
We strive for excellence.We hold each other to high standards that produce exemplary knowledge, skills, abilities, and midsets. Achieving excellence means striving for it every moment of every day. It means sweating the small stuff while we focus on the big picture with determination and persistence.
We believe in continuous improvement.Effective teams collaborate and continually assess and improve. They attend to present needs while preparing for the future. This means that teachers, school leaders, and support professionals must work together, reflect, adjust, think ahead, and innovate in service of powerful teaching and learning.
We are innovative.We solve problems and bring ideas to life. Educators, staff and students are engaged and successful with the authority, time and support necessary to reimagine, innovate and iterate.
We truly care about our community.Our children and schools need all of us–educators, families, and community partners. High quality schools are vital to the health of our community. We must engage our families and all of Tulsa by embracing transparency, holding ourselves accountable to high standards, proactively communicating and working as a team united in the success of every student.
We love to have fun.Our classrooms and schools should be places where children and adults pursue their passions and are relentlessly curious. We thrive on the joy and excitement that come from working deeply on a problem, task, or concept and experiencing breakthrough moments.
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Steps To Apply
Complete our online application which consists of:
- Personal information, education, and work history
- Two professional references
- Short answer and video response questions
Admission To Applicant Pool
Our Talent Management team will review your application.
If you are eligible to be interviewed by principals, you will receive an email with next steps.
Note that in some cases, you may also be invited to a phone interview with district staff.
Principals who view your online application and have a vacancy that aligns to your skills and experience may contact you for an interview at their school site.
School site interviews are your chance to learn share more about your skills and experience with principals. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about the school during your visit.
The format of these interviews will vary by school.
Employment Offer and Onboarding
If a principal is interested in offering you you a position, you'll receive an offer letter via email. Once you confirm that you will be accepting this offer, you will receive instructions to begin the onboarding process.
Please note that all offers of employment are conditional and contingent upon successful background screenings, drug testing, and employment verification.
Transition into Teaching
Take on a new challenge while making a difference for students at the same time. If you hold a bachelor's degree and are interested in entering a career in the classroom, we will support you every step of the way.
- Our Novice Teacher Experience will help ensure your first years are a success.
- For more comprehensive support, join Tulsa Teacher Corps, which provides hands-on training before you enter the classroom and ongoing support once school begins.
Experienced and newly Certified Teachers
Continue your teaching journey as a part of Team Tulsa. We know that teachers make the magic happen, and we will support you as you hone your craft and ensure success for every student.
- We provide 700+ hours of instructional coaching weekly. What does that mean for you? Plenty of opportunities for growth and ongoing feedback to help you grow as a teacher!
- Expand your leadership skills and become a content area expert through our Empower cohort. This program lets you engage in ongoing reflection, learning, and practice while maintaining your role in the classroom.
Try teaching: become a substitute educator
Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for aspiring educators to try out their skills in the classroom. It can also be a fulfilling full-time or part-time career. Here are just some of the benefits of becoming a substitute teacher at Tulsa Public Schools:
Flexible work schedule
DESIGN A LONG-TERM OR SHORT-TERM SCHEDULE THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE
Find your fit
try out various schools and find the team that best suits you
develop your teaching skills while serving your community
Create positive change
Impact student lives through leadership
Express your creativity
develop engaging lessons that make learning fun
Teach multiple subjects
try different subjects & grade levels
Classroom-based support staff are critical to student success. As a paraprofessional or teacher assistant, you will work closely with the primary classroom teacher to ensure that all students' needs are met and to create a positive classroom culture. The responsibilities of classroom support professionals can vary based on the type of position and school/student needs. To learn more, explore our open positions below.