Deborah Gist

Tulsa Public Schools and the Oklahoma Center for Education Policy at the University of Oklahoma are proud of the strong relationship we have forged over the last decade.

We view this 10-year mark as an opportunity to reflect back on our rich collaboration and to look ahead to continued collective work in service to the Tulsa community.

Together, we built a national model of K-12 and university partnership that is rooted in a shared commitment to thriving schools and flourishing students. Our partnership has never been stronger and — with scarce resources in the state — never more important.

We remain committed to a mutual investment in quality leadership development and healthy school climate and culture. This investment brings together our respective expertise in ways that continuously improve policies and practices impacting teaching and learning.

In reflecting on 10 years of partnership, we see continued value from opportunities to learn with and from each other and appreciate the rich perspectives, experiences and knowledge that shape our collective conversations.

We recognize that our collaborations make each organization better and ultimately more capable of responding effectively to community and school needs.

We look forward to deepening a productive partnership driven by an abiding, passionate engagement in improving learning opportunities for all students.

Editor's Note: Deborah Gist is superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, and Curt Adams is the co-director for the Oklahoma Center for Education Policy.

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