Partners in Education

positive Impact through public/private partnerships

Partners in Education (PIE) unites businesses, faith-based organizations and the community with schools for the common goal of enhancing the education experience for students in Tulsa Public Schools and creating a workforce pipeline for Tulsa.

Become a Partner

Partners are critical to the success of schools. Our goal is for each school site to have a business and faith-based partner. While some schools are fortunate to have active and engaged partners, we have a number of schools that would benefit from partnerships. Become a partner today.

How to get started:

  1. Learn about the schools that need partners through this link.
  2. Contact Us. Call or email Joey Oneal, who manages this program, for more information or to get answers to your questions. She’d love to help!
  3. Visit a school. We’ll help coordinate a meeting with the school principal to initiate the partnership.

Adopt-a-school

One of PIE’s signature and most popular programs is Adopt-A-School. This program provides a structured pathway for Tulsa Public Schools to partner with the Tulsa community. Corporate and faith-based organizations have the opportunity tobuild meaningful relationships with teachers and students. During this collaboration, PIE partners and TPS schools will collaborate to determine how PIE partners can support the unique needs of each school. Our PIE partners find it rewarding to interact with our hard-working teachers and our exuberant students.

Benefits

The benefit for your company:

  • Employee engagement
  • Community Involvement
  • Leadership development
  • Investment in your future employees, customers, and caregivers
  • Enhanced community visibility
  • Improved employee morale through teamwork

Impact

The impact to our students, teachers, and community:

  • Strengthened public education
  • Increased student motivation for academic achievement and attendance
  • Expanded learning opportunities for students
  • Increased career awareness
  • Workforce preparedness
  • Improve teacher morale
  • Student connectivity with adult mentors
  • Strong school systems attract and retain employees to Tulsa

Engagement Opportunities

Volunteer

  • Substitute teacher
  • Teacher’s assistant
  • Test Monitor
  • Mentor
  • Tutor
  • Afterschool clubs
  • Teacher respite from lunch duties

Donate in-kind items

  • Teacher and classroom supplies
  • Attendance incentives
  • Teacher appreciation gifts, meals, and tickets to events

Donate financially

  • Donate funds to be used at the discretion of school leaders and teachers
  • Underwrite a position, project or program
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Tulsa PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAP

Select a school for more information.
  • 100 Black Men
  • A Pocket Full of Hope
  • Accent Realtors
  • Access Optics
  • ACME Brick
  • Advanced Research Chemicals
  • All Souls Unitarian Church
  • American Heritage Bank
  • Amini’s Galleria
  • Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
  • Arthur J. Gallalgher Risk Management Services, Inc.
  • Arvest Bank
  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Assistance League of Tulsa
  • AT&T
  • Audacity Church
  • Avis
  • Baker Hughes
  • Bama
  • BancFirst
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Bicycles of Tulsa
  • Big Brother Big Sisters
  • Bike Club
  • Billy Ray’s Barbecue
  • Blue cross Blue Shield
  • Bob Hurley Ford & RV
  • Bodean Seafood
  • Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
  • Boy Scouts
  • Braden Park Baptist Church
  • Calvary Baptist Church
  • Capital One Auto Group
  • Carbondale Assembly of God
  • Carbondale Assembly of God Church
  • Carbondale Church of Christ
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central Bank of Oklahoma
  • CenturyLink
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Charles Page Neighborhood Association
  • Children’s Dental Health Care
  • Christ Temple CME Church
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • Church on the Move
  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • Circle Cinema
  • City Church
  • City Year
  • Columbus Neighborhood Association
  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Community Health Connection
  • Community in Schools
  • County Club Garden
  • Covanta
  • Covenant Family Church
  • Cox Communications
  • Crafton, Tull & Associates, Inc.
  • Crowell Heights Baptist Church
  • CX Loyalty
  • Cubes
  • Darby Equipment Co.
  • Day Spring Community Services
  • Daylight Donuts
  • DaySpring
  • DHS Aftercare
  • Dish Network
  • Don Thornton Automotive
  • Doubletree Hotel
  • Downtown Tulsa
  • Dream Center
  • Eastland Baptist Church
  • Eastside Christian Church
  • Eastwood Baptist Church
  • Ed Darby Foundation
  • Elote
  • Emerson Automation 
  • Encounter Church
  • Enterprise
  • Exit Realty
  • F & M Bank and Trust Company
  • Faith Technologies
  • Farmers Insurance – The Yelle Agency
  • Fiesta Mart
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Baptist Church Downtown
  • First Baptist Church North Tulsa
  • First Christian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Foundations Church
  • Fox 23
  • Garnett Road Baptist Church
  • Gilcrease Homeowners Association
  • Girl Scounts
  • Global Gardens
  • Grace Church
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Grant Thornton Accounting
  • Graves McLain
  • Great Harvest Bread
  • Growing Together
  • Hahn Appliance
  • Harvard Avenue Baptist Church
  • Harvard Avenue Christian Church
  • Harvard Avenue Methodist Church
  • HICORP
  • Hilti
  • Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Holly Frontier
  • Holsey Chapel CME Church
  • Horace Man Insurance
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Ingredion
  • In the Spirit Christian Church
  • Interim Health Care
  • Jackie Cooper Imports
  • Jimmy John’s
  • John Knox Presbyterian Church
  • John Steele Zink Foundation
  • John Zink Combustion
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Junior Achievement
  • Junior League
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kendall Whittier, Inc.
  • Kingdom Reign Church
  • Kirkpatrick & Lai Orthodontics
  • Lextron
  • Life Church – BA
  • Life Church – Midtown
  • Lilyfield
  • Lincoln Christian
  • Links, Inc.
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior
  • Mahogany Steakhouse
  • Marcy Jets, LLC
  • Mazzio’s Corp.
  • McDonald’s
  • Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
  • McNellie’s
  • Metro Christian Academy
  • Metropolitan Environmental Trust
  • Mexican Bakery of Tulsa, Inc.
  • Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Moose Lodge
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • Neelsource
  • New Haven United Methodist Church
  • New Hope
  • New Image Custom Homes, LLC
  • NewChannel 8
  • Night Light Tulsa
  • Ocean Dental
  • Office Depot
  • Oklahoma National Guard
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Omni Air Transport
  • On the Border
  • ONEGas
  • ONEOK, Inc.
  • Operation Aware
  • Opportunity Project
  • Order of the Eastern Star
  • OSU Center for Health Sciences
  • OSU – Family Science
  • OSU – Tulsa 
  • OU-Tulsa
  • P61 Mission
  • Papa John’s
  • Paradise Baptist Church
  • Park Plaza Churcch of Christ
  • Parkview Baptist Church
  • Peoples Bank
  • Project Elf
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma
  • QPSE
  • QuikTrip
  • Raising Cain’s
  • Reading Partners
  • Redeemer Covenant Church
  • Restoration Church
  • Resurrection Catholic Church
  • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
  • Rib Crib
  • Rich and Cartmill
  • Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Rt. 66 Main Street
  • Security Bank
  • Sedexo
  • Selser Schaefer Architects
  • Sheridan Christian Center
  • Sigma Gamma Row Society
  • Sims Metal
  • Skelly Drive Baptist Church
  • Solvay
  • South Creekside Neighborhood Association
  • South Lakewood Baptist Church
  • Southern Hills Baptist Church
  • Southern Hills United Methodist Church
  • Southside Rotary
  • Southside Sertoma Club of Tulsa
  • Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Springdale Baptist Church
  • St. Dunstan’s Episcopal
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
  • St. Matthew’s United Methodist
  • STARBASE Oklahoma
  • Stringer Nursery
  • T.D. Williamson
  • Temple Israel
  • The Child of Divorce
  • the Church @Downtown
  • The Odd Fellows
  • The Persimmon Group
  • TOUCH, Inc.
  • Trinity Baptist Church
  • True Blue Neighbors
  • Tulsa Bible Church
  • Tulsa Brookside Lions Club
  • Tulsa Christian Fellowship
  • Tulsa City County Health Department
  • Tulsa Debate League
  • Tulsa Global Alliance
  • Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber
  • Tulsa Tech
  • Tulsa Wesleyan Church
  • Turning Point Church
  • UBS Financial
  • Unidos
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa
  • UPS
  • US Cellular
  • Verizon
  • Williams
  • Will Rogers Community Foundation
  • Will Rogers Methodist Church
  • Will Rogers Rotary
  • WilTel
  • Woodland Acres
  • Neighborhood Association
  • World Travel Service, LLC
  • Yale Avenue Christian Church
  • Yankee Distributor
  • YMCA
  • Youth At Heart
  • Youth Care of Oklahoma
  • YPNG

Partner Highlight

  • The value of serving as a volunteer with Partners in Education is that you have the opportunity to develop a long-term relationship with a child, making a difference in the child’s life. We know we can impact achievement, but what really counts is the relationship you establish with the child. You can be a force in changing how this child feels about learning.

    The partnership between All Souls Unitarian Church and Jackson Elementary began in 1988 and it continues to this day. All Souls provides tutors as reading buddies, math buddies, classroom volunteers, enrichment programs and field trips. All Souls has expanded its partnership to Gilcrease Junior High, Gilcrease Elementary, Hamilton Middle School and McLain Seventh Grade Academy.

  • You can’t enter the school without seeing one of our volunteers or their work. When the students faces light up when they see you, then you know you are making a difference in someone’s life. Their smiles are a greatreward!
    -Cathy Carney, Asbury United Methodist Church

    Asbury United Methodist Church and its volunteers help support teachers, staff and students at Walt Whitman Elementary. The church supports the school by helping in the classrooms, with class parties, tutoring and mentoring students and with activities such as knitting or art therapy.

  • ONEOK, Inc. understands that it takes a village to make an impact. Whether it’s spending time with our students, exposing them to different subjects or celebrating our staff, we are grateful to have them as a part of the village.
    -Tammy Britton, Principal at Burroughs Elementary

    ONEOK, Inc. has contributed to Burroughs Elementary continuously through their generous donations and weekly presence in the school building.Programs ONEOK helped sponsor include:

    – Fab Lab/STEAM Program: A hands-on project for 6th grade

    – Math Mentors: ONEOK, Inc. employees donate time every week to play research-based math games with 4th-graders

    – ONEOK Winning Ways Teacher of the Week: A weekly award that recognizes staff members who go above and beyond with a gift card

    – Reading Partners: A portion of this project is generously funded through a gift of ONEOK, Inc.

    – Holiday Luncheon: An annual event that brings faculty and staff together to share a meal and express gratitude

    – Teacher Appreciation Lunches: Each year, ONEOK, Inc. honors and appreciates the Burroughs faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week

  • We value our teachers and the amazing work they do—developing our next generation of Tulsa leaders!

    T.D. Williamson supports local schools with funding, donated items, mentors and volunteers.

  • Quality education for Oklahoma’s children and youth is the foundation for not only their future quality of life, but that of our State.

    Each year the JROTC of Central High School posts the colors of PSO’s annual Veteran’s Day program at their headquarters.

    PSO gives a book to each Reading Partners student at Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy during Week of the Young Child each year.

Steering Committee

Xan Black

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Rejeanna Amini

Amini’s Galleria

Deni Blum

Higher Ed Forum

Latina Busby

Tulsa Public Schools

Michael DuPont

Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Carole Huff Hicks

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Omare Jimmerson

Strong Tomorrows

Dr. Ebony Johnson

Tulsa Public Schools

Nancy McDonald

All Souls Unitarian Church

Rana McVay

Tulsa Tech

Mercedes Millberry-Fowler

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

Kathy Panas

SEMGroup

Andrea Stacy

ImpactTulsa

Jessica Smith

ImpactTulsa

Ronna Montgomery

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Gary Percefull

Bike Club

Jessica Risenhoover

Reading Partners

Zack Stoycoff

Healthy Minds Initiative 

Kuma Roberts

Tulsa Regional Chamber

Lynn Staggs

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Cherie Stierwalt

Workforce Tulsa

Michelle Thomas

ONEOK

Annie Tomecek

T.D. Williamson

sPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

PIE is one of our most impactful programs. PIE brings together businesses, faith-based organizations, and the community to support our schools. PIE partners understand that the quality of a community is defined by the strength of its public schools. They lend their time, talent, and treasure to helping our schools prosper and our students succeed. By renewing your support of PIE or becoming a PIE partner, you are making a positive impact on the lives of our students and teachers.

Student Support

Teacher Support

Our children are our most critical resource. They are tomorrow’s workers, leaders, innovators, knowledge creators, and change agents. They deserve access to schools with the resources, programs, and curriculum to nurture their curiosity, imagination, spirit, talents, and desire to learn. Financial support of Partners in Education enables the Foundation for Tulsa Schools to invest in a number of student-centered priorities from classroom support to experiential learning experiences such as field trips and summer expanded learning.

Impact

  • Classroom and Educational Materials
  • Athletic Team Support
  • Fine Arts Support
  • Explore Oklahoma Field Trips 
  • Student Concurrent Enrollment
  • Student Testing Fees

The amazing teachers at Tulsa Public Schools are at the heart of student learning. They are everyday superheroes, working tirelessly encouraging young minds to think, question, and create. They inspire their students at every age and every stage, recognizing the potential of their students when no one else does. Investing in Partners in Education enables the Foundation for Tulsa Schools to support these incredible classroom leaders who have dedicated their careers and lives to educating and equipping our students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school and life. 

Impact

  • Emergency Teacher Fund
  • Teacher Wellness Fund
  • Teacher Supply Days
  • Teacher Appreciations
  • Grants for Great Ideas
  • Teacher and Support of the Year Award
  • Teacher Years of Service Recognition

Ways to Help

For more than 30 years, the program has engaged thousands of volunteers and built strong relationships with business and community organizations to strengthen Tulsa Public Schools.

VOLUNTEER
DURING SCHOOL HOURS


Become a substitute teacher


Volunteer as teacher’s assistant or test monitor


Mentor students


VOLUNTEER
BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL


Tutor and mentor students


Volunteer in afterschool clubs


 

DONATE
IN-KIND ITEMS


Teachers and classroom supplies


Attendance incentives


Teacher appreciation
gifts, meals, and tickets to events


DONATE
FINANCIALLY


Donate funds to be used at the discretion of school leaders and teachers