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Karla Oakley is the senior strategist for the Tools for Teacher Excellence office at The New Teacher Project (TNTP). Previously, Karla served as vice president for teacher quality innovations at TNTP, where she oversaw the generation and execution of innovative pilot projects that further the organization's commitment to sourcing, training, certifying and retaining highly effective teachers. Karla's tenure with TNTP began in June of 2000 when she was hired as New York State Partner and charged with launching the NYC Teaching Fellows program, a contract with the New York City Department of Education that recruited and placed more than 1,500 teachers in hard-to-staff schools in its first two years. From 2003-2008, Karla served as TNTP's Vice President of Training & Certification, overseeing the development and expansion of the Practitioner Teacher Program and all of TNTP's instructional curriculum development. Prior to TNTP, Karla spent two years with Andersen Consulting in their Human Performance practice, working primarily in the financial services industry. Her career in education started with Teach For America, first as a corps member in the Mississippi Delta then on the national staff with roles in new teacher support and portfolio assessment. Karla holds a BS in psychology from Duke University. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.