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Student Teachers Staff

Letter from Superintendent Deborah A. Gist and the TPS Board

Dear Tulsans–

“Destination Excellence” is a great title for this plan because extraordinary learning happens every day at Tulsa Public Schools, and we are committed to providing excellence for all students. We have amazing teachers, leaders and team members throughout our district. Our journey is not complete, however, and with this plan, we aim to inspire, motivate and energize the Tulsa Public Schools family to continue the journey to excellence—together—with a renewed sense of urgency and focus.

This plan represents hundreds of hours of engagement with teachers, families, students, community members and administrators, including many conversations about their hopes and dreams for our schools. The development of this plan included extensive reviews of student and community needs, relevant district and school-based data, as well as the most recent research and practices on how to ensure excellence at every school.

Creating the 2016-2020 five-year strategic plan for our district required a great deal of time and energy from all Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education members and many deeply invested community members. Our shared goal is to place every child on a pathway to success to realize his or her full potential, and we are extremely grateful for your engagement and enthusiasm throughout the strategic planning process.

We hope that you will stay engaged in the work of public education and continue to participate actively with Tulsa Public Schools throughout the implementation of our plan. Together, we have crafted a new vision for our district, and as a community, we will bring this plan to life.


Dr. Lana Turner-Addison
Board President
Tulsa Public Schools

Dr. Deborah A. Gist
Tulsa Public Schools




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