Tulsa, OKLA. - The Foundation for Tulsa Schools announces it will acquire Partners in Education from the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2018.
Partners in Education was established in 1983 as a joint effort between the Tulsa Regional Chamber and Tulsa Public Schools. Over the past 34 years, the program has engaged thousands of volunteers and built strong relationships between more than 500 community organizations and Tulsa-area schools.
“Partners in Education owes its success to a long history of supporters that have invested in preparing students for the competitive job market,” said Mike Neal, president and chief executive officer for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “By working hard to close the achievement gap for low-income students, these partners help get students ready for postsecondary education and entrance into the workforce.”
The transition allows The Tulsa Regional Chamber to follow that pipeline and focus efforts on college and career-readiness initiatives. Working alongside the Foundation of Tulsa Schools creates an opportunity for Partners in Education to continue to unite businesses and the community in support of all Tulsa Public School students.
“The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is closely aligned with the needs and strategic vision of the district, so there’s a natural ability for our team to help companies and community organizations to maximize their impact,” said Brian Paschal, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools.
Leading the initiative will be Hallie Green, manager of community engagement and grants for the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. Hallie joined the Foundation for Tulsa Schools in November and looks forward to bringing a fresh energy to Partners in Education.
“This program allows us to connect closely with individual schools and better fulfill our mission of building a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools,” said Green. “We are grateful to our current Partners in Education, and look forward to building new partnerships supporting local schools.”
Founded in 2001, the Foundation for Tulsa Schools focuses on initiatives that increase attendance and graduation, promote teacher retention and improve cost-efficiencies district-wide. Past and current funding projects have included teacher and school leader professional development, novice teacher supports, STEM education, social-emotional student learning, data enablement and school innovation. Partners in Education will allow the Foundation to mobilize additional resources through the network’s partners.
“The businesses, nonprofits and faith-based groups who dedicate time and resources to students and teachers demonstrate how collaboration strengthens the regional workforce,” said Brett Campbell, senior vice president of education and workforce for the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “To all of our partners, we offer our sincerest thanks for your unwavering commitment to our schools and the economic success of our region. We look forward to continuing to support this important work through the leadership at the Foundation for Tulsa Schools.”
About the Foundation for Tulsa Schools
The Foundation for Tulsa Schools (FTS), a 501(c) (3) community-based nonprofit, was formed in 2001 with a mission of building a better community through the support of Tulsa Public Schools. The organization is committed to raising revenues to increase educational opportunities, enlisting community support and business assistance in providing educational resources and opportunities, and communicating the need for continued community involvement in the process and mission of providing a first class public education.
About Partners in Education
Partners in Education unites businesses and the community with schools for the common goal of increasing the quality of education for all students in Tulsa Public Schools while involving the community in the development of its own economic future. Over the past 34 years, PIE has brought thousands of volunteers and built strong relationships between more than 500 community partners and Tulsa-are schools. From sharing lunch with students to providing off-site internships and hands-on learning opportunities, community partners have played a significant role in changing content delivery of education services to children and their families.