Deborah Gist

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Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Deborah Gist is the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. She runs the district so Tulsa children, family and teachers can find opportunities to make a difference.

She started her career in education as an elementary school teacher for several years, eventually moving into administration.

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Posted June 15, 2021

It’s Up to Us to Teach the Real History of Greenwood to Future Generations

One hundred years ago in Tulsa, a white mob looted, burned, and firebombed the community of Greenwood, home to Black…

By Deborah Gist

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Posted Jan. 29, 2018

VIDEO: We’re Not Doing Enough to Fight Racism in Our Schools

On religious holidays, so many of us have family and faith community practices of rereading stories related to that holiday.…

By Deborah Gist

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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