Active CANs

Collaborative Action Networks for Collective Impact


ImpactTulsa’s Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) engage partners across organizations to collectively take action to improve community-level outcomes using data-driven continuous improvement. The CANs also provide participants with tools and practices they can draw from and incorporate into their organization’s own efforts towards advancing best practices and outcomes.

Collaborative Action Networks

My Brother’s Keeper CAN

The MBK Milestone 1 Workgroup officially launched in August 2022 with proximate early childhood partners, practitioners, and parents eager to begin developing strategies around school discipline. Workgroup members began breaking silos of understanding by connecting with one another, learning each other’s purpose in committing to this space, and understanding the context of the disparities that exist in early childhood discipline practices. During this session, T’erra Estes, Executive Director of Teach Not Punish, and Xavier Graves, Executive Director of The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma, were introduced as co-chairs for this CAN. Their proximity to this focus area in their lived experiences and institutional work is why we’re thrilled to have them lead the group in a direction that is both human and equity-centered.

Portrait of T'erra Estes
Portrait of Xavier Graves


In session two, workgroup members began understanding the purpose and structure of this dedicated space, including an overview of the continuous learning and improvement (CLI) process, finalizing working agreements and reflecting on their power of influence to really hone in on what opportunities their role affords to address these inequities, especially as the group moves towards understanding and validating factors that contribute to the problem of practice.

Attendance CAN: 74106

An attendance collaborative action network (CAN) launched at the end of 2022 to collaboratively work to understand and begin to address the barriers that impact student attendance among Pre-K through 3rd grade students. Since launching several community partners and community members expressed interest in being a part of the solutions. Some even have been with this group through the breaking down of data within the zipcode, identifying of root causes, and through the creation of strategies. This group is excited to transition to the next phase of the work to implement potential solutions.

See what a few of our attendance champions have contributed so far!

Eddie Perry, Enrollment and Student Information Partner, TPS Enrollment Center
Eddie has been a thoughtful and consistent collaborator in the attendance space. His ability to understand and share the challenges that are faced by school leaders and how it impacts attendance provides, as well as get creative with ideas to support the ongoing requirements of schools not only taking accurate attendance but empowering site leaders to encourage positive school climate.

Olivia Martin, Executive Director, Reading Partners Tulsa
“Because Reading Partners Tulsa’s mission is to support reading proficiency for all Tulsa area elementary school students, we are committed to working with all community stakeholders to support students and families in reducing barriers to consistent school attendance.”

Marla Mayberry, Program Manager, Parent Resource Center
As a resource to NorthTulsa families, Marla connects parents and families to services, some of which are housed within the resource center. Monthly parent academy sessions are provided to continue sharing information that is relevant to their students in school. Beyond this, she understands that attendance is critical to student’s ability to thrive. Marla is working to create a space where interested and invested families and caregivers will share their power through thought partnership and decision-making when it comes to creating and launching community-led solutions.

Opportunity to collaborate and support families getting their early childhood students to school: If you or a community partner or community member you know would like to join in the collective work to increase attendance, please reach out to to discuss ways to contribute to this work.


Previous CANs

Nutrition Access CAN

Aimed to bring partners together and address the food crisis experienced by families living in Tulsa county. This CAN focused specifically on people living near 61st and Peoria, while also looking through a universal lens on policy changes that can improve access to nutritious foods. We paid specific attention to SNAP enrollment, as well as other factors related to nutrition access that members of the group identified as being important.


Invited partners to come together and address the challenges posed by how the Ages and Stages Questionnaire data was being handled. This information was intended to be used for connecting families to the resources they needed in order to address developmental delays. CAN participants used the ASQ to complete a landscape analysis of relevant providers in Tulsa.

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