Are you interested in solving our biggest challenges? 

Kickstart is a design course for Tulsa community members to collaborate on some of the biggest challenges in our public schools. As a Kickstarter, you'll work on a team with people from across the community to identify problems, design solutions, and pilot them in your schools. We focus on a "bottom's up" approach to problem solving, so that our solutions are driven by the people closest to the problem. If you're interested, please read the FAQs below and fill out an application.

What challenges will I work on?

Every team is organized around a challenge. This year, the challenges include:

  • Literacy
  • Suspensions
  • Novice teacher retention
  • High school graduation
  • Attendance
  • Safe and caring schools
  • District support for teachers and school leaders
  • Personalized Learning
  • High Quality Assessments

What's my time commitment?

Kickstart takes approximately three to five months. Kickstarters will spend twenty hours in workshops, with additional time required for primary and secondary research.

Who will I work with?

Five person teams can include anyone from the extended TPS community, including teachers, school leaders, district administrators, higher education representatives, and community members. The only rule is that every team must have at least one teacher.

What will I do?

You'll go through a structured design process to solve your challenge. This includes primary and secondary research, problem definition, solution development, and delivery planning. The course ends with a pitch competition to fund and pilot your solution.

Where do I sign up?

You came to the right place! Apply to the next cohort using the button at the top of the page.

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