This article first appeared on the Huffington Post.
This weekend, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, more than 1,200 people from New York to Knoxville to San Francisco symbolically invited Dr. King to Shabbat dinner.
Initiated by Repair the World–a national organization that mobilizes American Jews to address global and local needs through volunteering and service–the dinners were part of the Points of Light’s Sunday Supper campaign, designed to inspire dialogue and action on key issues affecting our communities. Read More »
Cross-posted from The Huffington Post. Michael Kaiser is the President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
I have written before about the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive arts education program: Any Given Child. This program assesses the arts education opportunities in a given community (offered by schools, arts organizations, community groups and others) and designs a comprehensive kindergarten through eighth grade sequence that utilizes all of these opportunities in a format consistent with the school curriculum in that community. It is a new approach that is affordable and gives each student (any given child) a less haphazard arts education than is available in most communities.
This is a relatively new program. I developed the concept in 2008, with support from the Ford Foundation, and executives from my able Education Department—Darrell Ayers and Barbara Shepherd—took the concept and ran with it. They began implementation in Sacramento, California just two years ago. Since Kevin Johnson, the dynamic mayor of Sacramento, agreed to make his city the first Any Given Child site, six other communities have adopted the program: Springfield, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada and Sarasota, Florida.
Student Applications are available at here. Click on the “Apply” tab! Applications are due April 6, 2012.
Applications, including job descriptions, for teaching positions PK-4th grade and Director of Instruction are available here—look for jobs in the Tulsa region!
If you have any questions about either application, contact [email protected] or call 918.231.4212.
Follow progress of Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School as the leaders prepare to welcome the inagural class in Fall 2012: http://lhatulsa.wordpress.com/
In just five months, Tulsa will be on the national stage as we inaugurate the summer Institute in the company of nearly 1,000 inspiring young leaders who represent what is best about our nation. We share their optimism and drive to accelerate the pace of change in our country’s education system, and we are excited about what this program and Teach For America mean to our community.
In hosting a summer Institute, Tulsa will be at the epicenter of the education reform movement. Each year going forward, hundreds of corps members (including all those to be placed in Oklahoma) will be trained at the Tulsa Institute. As part of their coursework, they will interact with thousands of Tulsa-area students, who will have the opportunity to enroll in the summer school program that will be offered in conjunction with Tulsa Public Schools. Read More »
Adam Simon is the Foundation’s Associate National Director and the director of the REALITY program.
A month ago, I sat in a classroom with 60 kids in Mumbai, India. I was on a site visit as part of the Teach For All annual conference, a gathering of 200 people spending four days deeply engrossed in discussing how to build a global movement that will end educational inequality in the next 50 years.
The meeting brought together representatives from Teach For All affiliates in the two dozen countries that are replicating and adapting the well-known and highly regarded Teach For America model. I was privileged to be among the social entrepreneurs and funders in attendance from places like Mexico, Germany, Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, the UK and Columbia. Read More »
Make plans to attend the free community screening of American Teacher hosted by the Tulsa Metro Chamber and OSU-Tulsa!
December 13, 2011
OSU-Tulsa Auditorium (700 N. Greenwood Ave)
Chelsea Vanacore, a member of Teach For America’s Tulsa Charter Corps ’09, introduces us to her Super Scholars! This is her ECE HeadStart Classroom in Tulsa, OK.
A must-read from the Tulsa World in case you missed it.
Cramming for College
By Mike Averill, Staff Writer
Each morning for the last several weeks, a group of about 145 alumni of the Community Action Project of Tulsa County’s early childhood education program have pledged to prove that they can go to college.
The kindergarten- through third-grade students are taking part in Scholars on the Move!, a five-week pilot summer school program at Skelly Elementary School founded by Chelsea Vanacore, a recent Teach for America early childhood educator.
This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Oklahoma Magazine.
As Told To Jami Mattox
Lynn Schusterman and her husband, the late Charles Schusterman, established a family foundation in 1987 dedicated to spreading the joy of Jewish living, giving and learning around the world and to enhancing the quality of life in Tulsa. You can see buildings around Tulsa, from educational institutions to public libraries, burnishing the Schusterman name. Lynn recently signed Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge. She also authors articles and opinion pieces for publications across the nation on various topics, including women in philanthropy.
The Schusterman Family Foundation bases our giving on helping people move out of circumstances they were born into. I think that the most important aspect of philanthropic giving is empowering people to realize their full potential. When Charlie and I began the foundation, we operated under the thought that if you give a person a fish, you feed him, but if you teach a person to fish, he can feed his family.
One of the causes I’m thrilled about (funding) is Teach For America; it’s helping kids in underprivileged, under-taught areas get an education. That’s one of the things I enjoy and how we base what we do. I can already see the impact Teach For America is having.
I became involved in Birthright Israel at its inception 13 years ago. Part of why I became involved in Birthright is because I am a product of birthright. When Charlie and I were married and had our young family, we decided that before we went any place in the world, as a family, we would go on a trip to Israel. Before then, I took my Judaism and ancestry for granted, and Israel wasn’t on my radar screen. I fell in love with the country and the people. I began reading about the Holocaust because I thought, “How can I ask others to get involved if I don’t know anything?”
The impact (of Birthright Israel) has been far beyond what any of us dreamed. It has changed the face of Israeli relations, and for young people it has become a rite of passage and has secured a place on the Jewish communal landscape.
We also do a Birthright trip for Teach For America teachers. I think it’s important for people to learn about their roots and their ancestors. Young people today have capabilities beyond anything I will ever be able to do.
They’re still looking for identity. “Who am I? Where am I going? Where did I come from?” The trip impacts Teach For America teachers in how they teach and how they view themselves. These trips have been so successful that we’re looking at doing similar trips for Teach For America teachers of other nationalities, ethnic groups and religions.
There were a few things that compelled me to sign The Giving Pledge. One was to encourage people of all ages and capabilities to join to repair the world, to make it a better place, and to really understand the joy of making it a better world. It’s important to learn that it’s the little things that you do that make a difference. To make someone else’s life a little bit better, a little bit easier, it’s an incredible feeling. I get euphoria from helping people through some projects. Who ever thought a woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma, would become involved in something this large?