3 episodes

Many school system initiatives struggle to get results. Why?

All of us who care about education — district staff, community leaders, principals, teachers (and the people who love them) — know that school districts face huge challenges: from persistent achievement gaps, to teacher shortages. And we know how frustrating it feels when strategic plans and best efforts don't produce significantly better results for teachers and students.

It was hard for teachers in Tulsa Public Schools to meet their students' diverse needs and deliver instruction that met new, more rigorous standards. This challenge was exacerbated by high levels of teacher turnover (especially among new teachers) and low levels of education funding.

By (1) clearly defining what schools needed to be successful, and (2) shifting resources and designing processes to give schools the support they need, the district IS getting traction and seeing results.

In this mini-podcast, real school and district leaders share details about what they did and how they did it.

Tulsa Tales: Districts at Work MiniPod‪s‬ Education Resource Strategies

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Many school system initiatives struggle to get results. Why?

All of us who care about education — district staff, community leaders, principals, teachers (and the people who love them) — know that school districts face huge challenges: from persistent achievement gaps, to teacher shortages. And we know how frustrating it feels when strategic plans and best efforts don't produce significantly better results for teachers and students.

It was hard for teachers in Tulsa Public Schools to meet their students' diverse needs and deliver instruction that met new, more rigorous standards. This challenge was exacerbated by high levels of teacher turnover (especially among new teachers) and low levels of education funding.

By (1) clearly defining what schools needed to be successful, and (2) shifting resources and designing processes to give schools the support they need, the district IS getting traction and seeing results.

In this mini-podcast, real school and district leaders share details about what they did and how they did it.

    Central Office Redesign

    Central Office Redesign

    All of us who care about education — district staff, community leaders, principals, teachers (and the people who love them) — know that schools face huge challenges. And we know how frustrating it feels when strategic plans and best efforts don't produce better results.

    In this episode, real school and district leaders share details on how central office teams in Tulsa Public Schools used feedback to improve the way they supported schools — shifting from compliance managers to strategic partners. 

    • 8 min
    School Planning

    School Planning

    All of us who care about education — district staff, community leaders, principals, teachers (and the people who love them) — know that schools face huge challenges. And we know how frustrating it feels when strategic plans and best efforts don't produce better results.

    In this episode, we share details on how Tulsa Public Schools redesigned the school planning process to grow principals' capacity for making more creative and strategic decisions around staffing, scheduling, and budgeting.

    • 9 min
    Teacher Teaming

    Teacher Teaming

    All of us who care about education — district staff, community leaders, principals, teachers (and the people who love them) — know that schools face huge challenges. And we know how frustrating it feels when strategic plans and best efforts don't produce better results.

    In this episode, real school and district leaders share details on how Tulsa Public Schools helped principals redesign their schools with teachers' professional development and team time in mind. 

    • 7 min

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Really appreciate how Team Tulsa gives us such a close look at the “how” of school district improvement!

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