Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently held a series of four Board of Advisors small group meetings focused on public education. Leaders from Oklahoma City Public Schools, United Way of Central Oklahoma, the City of Oklahoma City the Chamber and The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools shared information about district plans, challenges and opportunities that exist to improve the educational experience for our students. In addition, there was discussion about the OKCPS Compact, whose membership is composed of the same entities mentioned above.
The OKCPS Compact currently has two initiatives underway that utilize a collective impact model to pull in community support focusing on specific issues. These issues were determined through conversations and alignment with district leaders.
The most recently launched effort is focused on the mental health of our students, many of whom experience trauma on a regular basis. Trauma comes in many forms, from food insecurity to homelessness to abuse. A baseline survey is being conducted to analyze services currently in place, which will then help define gaps and develop a plan going forward.