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The Need

We believe that Oklahoma’s educational crisis boils down to a single issue: the quality of human capital in our schools. Each year the State Board of Education approves over 3,000 emergency teaching certificates due to the statewide teacher shortage. Additionally, teacher preparation program enrollment in Oklahoma has dropped 34% since 2003. Experts estimate that 9,000 teachers will be eligible to retire in the next three years and nearly 11% of Oklahoma teachers are lost to neighboring states every year. Data shows the majority of teachers in Oklahoma leave the teaching profession between 2-5 years.

TLI believes that the difficult work of retaining teachers and improving instructional quality happens one classroom at a time through one-on-one coaching. The Teaching and Leading Initiative’s teacher and leader coaching helps retain Oklahoma educators by giving them the support they need to improve their practices and maintain sustainable careers in education. 

What we do

The Teaching & Leading Initiative of Oklahoma provides three critical services to Oklahoma schools: teacher coaching, and school leader coaching, and research-based professional learning. 


All Oklahoma students have equitable access to highly-skilled teachers and school leaders in order to improve academic outcomes for students.


Our mission is to develop highly-skilled teachers and school leaders through one-on-one coaching and district partnerships.

Core Values

Adults can grow: Just like we believe in the potential of all students, we fiercely believe in the potential for growth for the adults who work with kids every day. 

Students are at the center: Our work is student-centered. We focus on the impact that our work has on students, their families, and communities.

Coaching at the core: We are unapologetically committed to coaching to nimbly respond to the needs of stakeholders and as the mechanism for accelerated improvement.

Raise the bar: We commit to high quality work both internally and with our stakeholders.  

Sustainable change: To make lasting change in schools, educators must thrive. We need the right people to stay. We’re committed to finding realistic solutions to tough problems. 

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