R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., was named superintendent of schools of the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools (KCPS) by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in April 2012.
Under Green’s leadership, KCPS made unprecedented gains in its 2013 MAP scores and achievement data. After doubling its scoring in the state’s accreditation rating system in just 12 months, KCPS is now in position to qualify for provisional accreditation. Dr. Green’s vision includes innovative classroom instruction, engaging programs, highly qualified employees, and an involved and well-informed community.
Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University and his Principal’s Certification from Butler University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration; and an honorary doctorate from Northwest Missouri State University.
Green is the former president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., an access and graduation program aimed significantly at increasing the number of college graduates from Kansas City’s urban schools. Kauffman Scholars is a comprehensive academic enrichment and scholarship program that provides coordinated, intensive, tutoring and life skills support to students beginning in middle school and continuing through the college years.
Before joining Kauffman Scholars, Green was the Superintendent of Community School District #28 and a Local Instructional Superintendent in Region 3 for the New York City Board of Education. In this role, he provided instructional leadership and support to the 34 schools in the district, and worked with a team of school administrators to ensure instructional improvement among the 142 schools in the region.
Green also served as the President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, high quality curriculum-driven professional development, and advocacy for local and state policy reform – all toward the goal of improving teaching and learning in New Jersey's districts.
As the National Executive Director of the CollegeEd Program for the College Board, Green’s leadership focused on helping middle school students understand the importance of a college education and exploring the options available. He has served as the National Executive Director of School-Level Services, as the National Director of the Pacesetter Program, and as Associate Director for Pacesetter Planning and Development for the College Board. He also served as Assistant Superintendent, as High School Assistant Principal, and as Middle School Assistant Principal for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana. He taught high school and college-level English literature and composition for thirteen years at Pike High School, Indiana University, and Butler University. He has served as the Director of Minority of Student Affairs at Butler University and as an Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Board of Education.
Green has been a frequent presenter at national conferences addressing issues of educational equity, access, and achievement in school curriculum design and reform. He has been featured in several educational training productions such as Discipline with Dignity, Touching the Future: Minorities in Education, Pacesetter, and CollegeEd.
He is an active member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Association of Secondary School Administrators, the Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development and the National Council on Educating Black Children. Green also serves as a board member of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, the Vice Polemarch for the Independence, Missouri Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Christian Education Board and the Usher Board for Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and the KCPT Public Television Board of Directors.
Green is married, and has four children and three grandchildren.