Districts at Work: Tulsa Tales Mini-Podcast
Real stories from real districts
THE MINI PODCAST
- Podcast Episodes
- Case Study
- The Inside Story (Blog)
- Real Tools
Episode 1: Teacher Teaming
Redesigning schools to create great team time for teachers
In this episode, real school and district leaders share details on how Tulsa Public schools helped principals redesign their schools with professional development for teachers and team time in mind. Listen below or on Apple Podcasts.
Episode 2: School Planning
Retooling the school planning process to enable strategic school designs
In this episode, real school and district leaders share details on how Tulsa Public Schools redesigned the school planning process to grow principals’ capacity for making more creative and strategic decisions about scheduling, staffing, and school budgets. Listen below or on Apple Podcasts.
Episode 3: Central Office Redesign
Operating the central office as a single team of strategic partners for schools
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. Listen below or on Apple Podcasts.
Tulsa Public Schools: Redesigning Schools for Professional Learning–On a Budget
How Tulsa Public Schools Helped Principals to Support Better Professional Learning for Teachers
The central office in Tulsa Public Schools set out to support principals in implementing job-embedded professional development for teachers. One year later, all pilot schools have increased teachers’ collaborative planning time by at least 50 additional minutes per week and have new teacher leadership roles to facilitate this time. This case study opens up the black box to look at how Tulsa Public Schools strategically connected planning to implementation to get their professional learning initiatives to really work for principals and teachers.
Tulsa Tools: Tools for Connected Staffing, Scheduling, and Budgeting
Implementing innovative school designs at scale requires tools that are up to the task
During the past two years, Tulsa Public Schools has redesigned its annual school planning process to ensure that school teams have the time, data, tools, and support they need. Making the types of shifts necessary for success has required strong tools for staffing, scheduling, and budgeting. This blog post outlines the four key ways a new, connected suite of planning tools has encouraged strategic resource use and helped the central office transform from compliance monitor to strategic partner.
Real Tools from Tulsa Public Schools
Tangible templates and tools that Tulsa Public Schools used to improve professional learning for teachers
These artifacts are organized around the three parts of Tulsa’s theory of action:
- Support school leaders as they redesign their schools for effective professional learning
- Redesign the school planning process and timleine
- Provide cross-departmental strategic feedback to schools