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   650 Teachers Will Teach Summer School Programs to 3,000 Students in Tulsa Public Schools and
     Community Action Project; Teachers Will Attend Courses and Live at The University of Tulsa

TULSA, Okla., May 19, 2011—Teach For America announced today that it will open its first Tulsa
teacher training institute in June 2012. During their institute training, Teach For America teachers, also
called corps members, will teach summer school programs in Tulsa Public Schools and Community
Action Project while attending courses and living at The University of Tulsa.

The Tulsa institute will be the ninth Teach For America training location, joining Atlanta, Chicago,
Houston, Los Angeles, the Mississippi Delta, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Teach For
America recruits, trains, and supports outstanding recent college graduates and professionals who
commit to teach for two years in schools in low-income communities and become lifelong leaders in the
pursuit of educational equity.

“The University of Tulsa and its School of Urban Education share Teach For America’s focus on the
needs of underserved urban students,” said Steadman Upham, president of The University of Tulsa.
“Hosting 650 Teach For America teachers and 120 Teach For America staff members is an extension of
TU’s mission of community service. We are honored to support this effective education model, which
continues to make a difference in children's lives here in Tulsa and throughout the country.”

The institute prepares Teach For America corps members to be effective teachers while they work under
the close supervision of veteran educators and Teach For America staff members to measurably increase
the academic performance of students in summer school classrooms. The 650 corps members at the
Tulsa institute will impact more than 3,000 students in Tulsa Public Schools and Community Action
Project. Additionally, corps members complete interactive courses and clinics to build knowledge, deepen
skills, and apply their learning in the classroom.

“The teachers and students of Tulsa Public Schools join me in thanking Teach For America for this
wonderful gift to Tulsa,” said Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. “By hosting Teach For
America’s institute, we are giving the summer program at Tulsa Public Schools a tremendous boost, not
just in helping to positively impact student achievement, but also an emotional boost for our staff and
students. There is something energizing about this group of young people that is infectious. We can’t wait
to get started.”

Teach For America has been placing teachers in Tulsa since 2009, and announced this month that it
would place teachers in Oklahoma City for the first time this fall. During the 2011-12 school year, the 50
corps members in Oklahoma City and 150 corps members in Tulsa together will impact more than 13,000

“I am incredibly excited about this new partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, Community Action Project,
and The University of Tulsa, which will give 650 corps members the opportunity to start their teaching
careers in Tulsa,” said Lance Tackett, executive director of Teach For America-Oklahoma. “This
partnership would not have been possible without the deep commitment of the leaders at Tulsa Public
Schools and Community Action Project, who will welcome our teachers into their classrooms starting next
summer. I am also grateful for President Upham’s leadership and for the generosity of the philanthropic
community in Tulsa.”

A growing body of rigorous research demonstrates that Teach For America corps members are highly
effective in the classroom. In 2010, the Tennessee State Board of Education found that Teach For
America teachers in the state made a statistically significant, positive difference on student achievement
in every evaluated subject, and had a greater impact on student achievement than other new teachers. A
2010 study from the University of North Carolina found that corps members added the equivalent of an
extra half-year of learning in middle school mathematics. Additionally, a 2009 Urban Institute study found
that high school students taught by Teach For America teachers outperformed their peers, even those
taught by fully certified teachers.

“I am so proud of the efforts Tulsa is making to seek out innovative programs like Teach For America,”
said Secretary of Education Phyllis Hudecki. “Teach For America’s institute will accelerate our students’
learning and growth while preparing Teach For America teachers for the challenges they will face as
teachers in schools across the country.”

Beyond their corps commitments, Teach For America alumni continue to advocate for children and
families in low-income communities as public school teachers, principals, and leaders across all
professional fields. Oklahoma is home to some 30 Teach For America alumni. Nationally, more than
13,000 alumni remain in education, with more than 550 serving as principals and school leaders.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for
two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational
opportunity. Today, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country while
20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the
fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit

About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is a private university providing comprehensive educational opportunities to more
than 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Ranked among the Top 100 universities by U.S. News
&World Report, TU maintains a vibrant, residential campus environment that celebrates diversity and
encourages cultural enrichment. Students from across the nation and more than 60 countries enjoy TU’s
personalized attention, small class sizes and low student-faculty ratio.

Support For Teach For America’s Tulsa Training Institute

“Oklahoma is on the cusp of a renaissance. A key element to that end is a quality workforce. Teach for
America aims to eliminate educational inequality and will result in enhancing the school system and
improving Oklahoma.” –Todd Lamb, Lieutenant Governor, Oklahoma

“This is a proud moment for Tulsa, as we continue to make great strides toward improving public
education and student achievement in our city. Tulsa students have already greatly benefited by having
Teach For America corps members in some of our classrooms. We are excited they are coming in far
greater numbers to train as part of the summer institute program. The impact they will have on students
and Tulsa Public Schools staff is immeasurable. We are fortunate to have them, and I know my fellow
Tulsans welcome Teach For America corps members with open arms.” –Dewey Bartlett, Mayor, Tulsa

“Teach For America’s experience and well-developed approach to teaching in urban areas will greatly
benefit not only our summer school students, but also Tulsa at-large. Teach For America will bring best
practices and education tools to Tulsa that will have a great effect on our community. I’m confident it will
be immensely beneficial to have Teach for America here for their summer institute, and the positive
effects of their presence are sure to be felt for some time.” –Mike Neal, President and CEO, Tulsa Metro

“Just two years ago, many from the private sector banded together to ensure Teach For America would
come to Tulsa. Children at Tulsa Public Schools, Community Action Project and YWCA have benefited
from the more than 150 exceptional corps members who have come into our classrooms. Now, we
celebrate the fact that 650 corps members will have the opportunity to experience Tulsa’s culture and
charm during Teach For America’s institute. Having these bright and talented graduates living in our city
will pay dividends for many years to come. My thanks go to all who made this possible, especially our
philanthropic community’s great partners like Tulsa Public Schools, The University of Tulsa and
Community Action Project, not to mention the great people at Teach For America.” –Phil Lakin, Chair,
Board of Directors, George Kaiser Family Foundation


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