Tulsa is a passionate city that has a made significant progress in the past decade through the booming revitalization of our downtown and by becoming a nationally recognized hub for economic development where entrepreneurs can learn, grow and thrive. We have transformed into a vibrant community in many aspects, but there’s still progress to be made in our education system. Our city is hungry to make a lasting impact, and it starts with education.
Too many of Oklahoma's children are educationally disadvantaged as a result of Oklahoma’s state budget shortfalls and severe teacher shortages. Locally in Tulsa that means many students lack access to high-quality schools and often face a stream of substitute teachers. The need for change in Oklahoma public education has never been greater. Teach For America – Greater Tulsa is committed to cultivating a large, diverse, and thriving community of corps members, alumni, and staff that strive for educational excellence in partnership with other local educators, school communities and community partners After only seven years in Greater Tulsa, our growing leadership force of 400-plus individuals has consistently made a meaningful impact in our classrooms and regularly accelerates into leadership positions throughout our region in education and a variety of other sectors that impact educational opportunity.
Teach For America’s summer teacher training institute at The University of Tulsa, among Teach For America’s largest in the nation, continues our teachers’ impact into the summer. During this institute, the success of which is fueled by Tulsa Public Schools and The Community Action Project, corps members from across the country come together to provide 5,000 Tulsa children the opportunity to attend summer school. Our children play a central role in the success of our city, and Teach For America – Greater Tulsa will continue to develop path-changing leaders who share a goal of ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education.