Tulsa Public Schools

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Case Study

Education Resource Strategies studied eight school districts that struggled with the same challenges as many urban systems around the country—and like many others, the eight districts we studied set strategic priorities that they hoped would address their challenges. What sets these eight districts apart is that they didn’t stop there.

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Redesigning Schools for Professional Learning—on a Budget

Leaders from Tulsa Public Schools rolled up their sleeves to carefully and collaboratively construct three other gears that effectively powered their strategic priorities.

They developed a clear theory of action by identifying: big changes that schools needed to make to power progress and how the central office needed to support schools to successfully implement those changes. They made tough trade-offs in a series of resource shifts, and they made process shifts to ensure central office management structures enabled schools to efficiently, effectively, and sustainably implement the changes.

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