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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

Watch the Blueprint 2030 video on YouTube.

If you were unable to participate in a Blueprint 2030 community conversation in October, there's still time to take the priority survey. From here, we’ll keep you updated on more dates and details around future opportunities for feedback this winter and into the spring.

A graphic of students attending schools wearing masks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

Blueprint 2030

JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUEPRINT 2030  When: 5:30-7:00 P.M. December 7 & 14 Where: December 7 - Northeast Middle School

Blueprint 2030 Feedback Opportunities:

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!! Please review the draft Blueprint 2030 goals and strategies and share your feedback & recommendations.

SMART Goals & Strategies

Take our survey! What's the Priority? Please take the survey below and let us know which priorities could enhance the student experience in KCPS.

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We want to discuss the future of education with the Kansas City community! Do you have an upcoming event that we could join and share Blueprint 2030 information? It could be a parent group, neighborhood association, faith-based community, business association or other community group. Please click the link below to request a possible visit or to receive more information.

Event Request - Blueprint 2030

About

KCPS is embarking upon an engagement process that will capture how we approach the future of schools in our school district and community. This process of engaging our school district and community will be an opportunity to gather voices and participate in conversations that are important to the future of our schools. What an opportunity to help shape and refine our plans for the future - an opportunity in which we invite all of our schools and community stakeholders to participate. Blueprint 2030 will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there.  It will serve as an update to the KCPS 2018-23 Strategic Plan and guide of our work over the next decade by outlining five and ten year goals.

KCPS wants to ensure all children living within the school district boundaries have access to a quality Pre-K through 12 educational experience and graduate ready for college, career and life. KCPS has been making great strides in academic achievement and providing engaging academic programing, but we know that additional progress is needed to better serve all our students.

Blueprint 2030 is a year-long planning and community engagement effort that will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there. It is a blueprint for the future that maximizes KCPS resources, improves efficiencies, and enhances the educational experience and academic outcomes for all students.

During Blueprint 2030, KCPS will work with our staff, parents, students and the KC community to:

  • Conduct an assessment and evaluation of our current school system (where are we now?)
  • Establish goals for the future (where do we want to be?)
  • Evaluate scenarios (what options do we have for getting us from where we are now to where we want to be?)
  • Identify recommendations for action (how do we get there?)

Community feedback is critical to the success of Blueprint 2030.

Timeline

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Phase 1 Assessments

Where We Are

January – April 2021

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Phase 2 Goal Setting

Where We Want to Be

February – December 2021

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Phase 3 Scenarios

Development of Plan Options

December 2021 - Spring 2022

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Phase 4
Recommendations

Where We Are Going

Late Spring 2022

PHASE 1 

Assessments

PHASE 2

Goal Setting

PHASE 3

Scenarios

PHASE 4

Recommendations

ENGAGEMENT SERIES

Join us! We are looking for thoughts and suggestions as we navigate our Blueprint 2030 and strategic planning process. These engagement series opportunities are provided for our students, families, staff and community. We welcome participation! 

We started our engagement process in early 2020, taking a pause during the start of the COVID pandemic. As we’ve begun to re-engage with this work, we are eager to hear the voice of our community. 

KCPS will be offering several platforms and venues for staff and community engagement. Our Engagement Series is designed to collaborate with and listen to local stakeholders, including our staff and community. There will be opportunities for in-person conversations through focus groups and virtual town hall meetings. There are also opportunities for input through online surveys and our Thoughtexchange platform. 

Engagement Series One: Mission, Vision and Goals for KCPS

March 2021:  
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
District Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting 
Principal and Administrative Team Meetings 
Student District Advisory Council (SDAC) Meeting 
Thoughtexchange community online conversation

April 2021: 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
Student District Advisory Council (SDAC) Meeting 
Principal and Administrative Team Meetings 
Focus Groups 
Virtual Community Meetings 
Staff Engagement Lunch Meetings at every KCPS school

May 2021: 
Staff Engagement Lunch Meetings at every KCPS school

Engagement Series Two: Prioritizing Student Outcomes and Experiences

June-September 2021: 
Student Online Surveys 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
District Advisory Team (DAC) Meeting 
Board of Directors work session 
Re-engaging with the start of the school year

October 2021: 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
Facebook Live Events 
In-person Gallery Walks 
Virtual Community Meetings (gallery walk virtually) 
Staff Engagement Lunch Meetings at every KCPS school 
Key Influencer Focus Group Meetings 
Board of Directors work session 
Online priorities/values survey with goals and strategies

November 2021: 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
Board of Directors Work Session 
District Advisory Team (DAC) Meeting 
Online priorities/values survey with goals and strategies 
Student Summit 
Key Influencers Focus Group sessions 
Board of Directors Meeting 

December 2021: 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
Board of Directors Meeting 
Facebook Live Events 
Town Hall Engagement Opportunities 
Virtual Town Hall Engagement Opportunity 
Thoughtexchange community online conversation 
Partner and Organization Outreach Conversations 
Legislative Breakfast Engagement

January 2022: 
Blueprint Advisory Team Meeting 
Board of Directors Meeting 
Thoughtexchange community online conversation 
Partner and Organization Outreach Conversations

Engagement Series Three: Developing Plan Options and Recommendations

February 2022 - May 2022:  
Engagement dates coming soon!

Closing the feedback loop

It is important to us that we release thoughts, feedback and input from these focus group and survey results. These staff and community feedback items are starting points that we will continue to refine based on our engagement efforts and further analysis with our partners.

Blueprint 2030 Advisory Team

Blueprint 2030 Advisory Team Resources

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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