It's no secret that Oklahoma is in a tough spot right now when it comes to education. As a matter of fact, our state consistently ranks near the bottom of almost every list you can find. Our teachers are underpaid, our schools are craving resources and education funding continues to be cut.
However, we are firm believers that crisis leads to innovation. That's why we started the Teacher Innovation Fellowship.
Made possible by a United Way Innovation Grant, the Teacher Innovation Fellowship identifies educators from across the Tulsa metro to participate in a two-week summer fellowship. Participants work in teams to identify specific problems facing schools, ideate potential solution and develop plans to initiate change. Concluding the workshop, teams present their solutions to a panel of judges for the opportunity to receive grant funding for their ideas.
Almost 100 teachers applied to participate in the first class, and needless to say, picking only 16 was difficult. Meet the folks who came out on top.
The fellowship is June 13 – June 23. We're excited to see and support the positive change that this great group of educators will create!