Tulsa Learning Academy BEYOND
A NEW High School Design
What is the Tulsa Learning Academy Beyond?
After interviewing students for over a year, we decided the students of Tulsa deserve a different alternative. We grounded our beliefs in four anchors.
1. Learning Beyond the Walls : we will extend our Project Based Learning into our school community to have a real– world social impact.
2. Personalization: students will drive the learning process toward competencies that extend beyond academic content.
3. Meaning Relationships: we will provide a supportive network of adults with life coaching training to ensure success in the whole child.
These three anchors drive the NEW TLA.
Insights from our 18-19 Design Process
We spoke to many students across the district from many different schools. These interviews led us to three important insights.
Balance between work and out-of-school life: When not at school, students were responsible for working, taking care of siblings, etc. Students struggle to balance school and life.
Community: Students appreciate the coaching relationships formed and with teachers but still struggle to form stronger relationships with peers. Students like the flexibility of working remotely, but want to feel connected to a broader school community.
Tangible Education: Students want our learning to prepare them to transition into adult life (e.g financial planning, taxes, legal responsibilities, etc.)
Teachers as Coaches: Students need coaching through the academic and real-world challenges that matter to them most.
These insights helped us create a new school FOR students!
Who is Right for TLA?
¨ Students who need freedom from the social pressure of high school.
¨ Students who want to minimize exposure to negative interactions.
¨ Students who want supportive relationships with adults and peers.
¨ Students who enjoy hands-on, collaborative, interactive learning projects.
¨ Students who prefer smaller class sizes.
¨ Students who enjoy learning outside the walls of school.
¨ Students who need an abbreviated day at school.
Our Graduate Profile
Meaningful Contributors: in Tulsa and beyond: We earn respect and give respect. We lead with love and compassion for others. We accept that what we do impacts our neighborhood, country and world. We take this responsibility with us wherever we go.
Resourceful learners: in a rapidly changing world: We have learned how to learn and we use that skill to tackle school and life. We know that lasting success comes from collaboration, so we work to understand ourselves and others. We strive for success, learn from failure, and in all cases, persist. We thrive, even in uncertainty, because opportunity and challenge go hand-in-hand.
Designers of our own life journey: We understand and draw confidence from our identity and worth. We tackle problems and create our own solutions. We take ownership of our life, advocate for ourselves, and follow our imagination. Life is full of surprises, so we are firm in our goals but flexible in our plans.
9:05– 1:15 Project Based Learning Session, Coaching, and Lunch
Students Learning Outside the Walls of School
Tulsa Learning Academy will relocate to current McLain 7th Grade Center at 525 East 46th St North, Tulsa, OK. This new space will provide room for project learning and access to a cafeteria and gymnasium. Furthermore, the location has an extensive school yard for room to engage in outdoor activities.