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      TPS To Host Schools Uniting Communities

      Tulsa Public Schools will host the "Schools Uniting Communities" Conference for those wanting to help enrich the lives of students.{}

      The event is Thursday, July 26 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at OSU-Tulsa. {}The conference is aimed at people who can make a difference for all students including teachers, civic leaders, and parents. {}

      An estimated 300 people are expected to attend the conference in an effort to provide information about how community schools can make a difference in the lives of children. {}

      "The need in many of our neighborhoods is so great that this conference will allow us to jumpstart community schools in our district," {}Dr. Diane Hensley, director of community schools for TPS said. {}

      She added,"Educators have long known that until a child's basic needs are met, no learning can take place. This conference is aimed at people who can make a difference for all students, whether they are professional educators, civic leaders, parents, or students, or are connected with universities, community organizations or faith-based groups. We enthusiastically welcome all interested parties."

      Conference sessions will cover a wide range of community school-related topics, such as: What is a community school? Measuring the success of community schools, how to engage parents and communities on all students' success; and how does the climate of your school impact learning?{}

      The conference is free and open to all. {}Those interested can register online at www.tulsaschools.org/communityschools{}or at the door.

      For more information, contact Hensley at 918-746-6142 or hensldi@tulsaschools.org.