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It Takes a Village: Community Partnerships that are Making a Difference at Tulsa Public Schools
Join us for a panel discussion with the executive directors who are working with TPS to build strong communities and improve reading skills, graduation rates and help students to develop to their full academic and social potential.
August 11, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tulsa Country Club
701 North Union Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74127
http://www.tulsacountryclub.com
 
 

As Tulsa Public Schools works to fulfill the promise of DESTINATION EXCELLENCE, they know it takes all of us to make a difference . . . educators, families and community partners. Join us for a panel discussion with the executive directors of three organizations – Reading Partners, City Year and Growing Together Tulsa – who are working with TPS to build strong communities and improve reading skills, graduation rates and help students to develop to their full academic and social potential.

Joining us in a panel discussion will be:

Elizabeth Brands Vereecke, executive director of Reading Partners – Tulsa. Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to elementary school students six months to more than two years behind grade level in reading. The organization delivers a highly effective, research-validated program that has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Tom McKeon, vice president and executive director, City Year Tulsa. City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. In 28 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs. Tom recently retired from Tulsa Community College, having spent 34 years as a faculty member and administrator; during the last 10 years of his career at TCC, Tom led the college as its president and CEO.

Kirk Wester is the executive director for Growing Together, a place-based, collective impact initiative in Tulsa. Growing Together is leading the efforts being made by numerous organizations, residents, funders and stakeholders to change the trajectory of children of vulnerable neighborhoods through the collective actions of those serving these targeted communities. Growing Together focuses on the creation of three key components to their strategy: a strong education pipeline, a mixed-income environment and neighborhood vibrancy. Through their collective efforts, the target neighborhoods and schools are beginning to see strong improvements in the outcomes of vulnerable children, demonstrating what it takes to do this within the greater school district and in the other communities. In addition, he and his family have chosen to also intentionally live in the target community to ensure proper positioning for the greatest impact of their lives.