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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

Community Engagement

The Department of Engagement facilitates connections between Kansas City Public Schools and its students, families, community and civic organizations.  The department goal is to build an environment where children have no option but to succeed because of engaged parental and community support. This is accomplished by serving as a bridge between human services providers, non-profit organizations, private entities, and communities throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area. 

Vision: The department will creatively and effectively engage with our diverse community in a timely manner to support the academic, social and emotional development of our students. We will advocate for systemic equity throughout KCPS.

Mission

  • Radiate possibility while actively promoting our strengths
  • Connect students and families with valuable community resources via strong partnerships
  • Build bridges that foster transparent two-way communication
  • Promote and provoke critical- thinking that ensures equitable solutions

The Department of Engagement includes the following Offices:

  • Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCe)
  • Office of Partners in Education (PIE)

Offices & Responsibilities

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FaCE) strives to improve student outcomes by building family and school staff capacity to make school environments welcoming, to strengthen two-way communication, to facilitate and encourage respectful interactions and to increase shared power and responsibility (family, student voice amplified and respected). 

The Office of Partners in Education (PIE) is focused Identify, develop and manage partnerships that sponsor educational opportunities that benefit KCPS student, families and employees while coordinating with community organizations and leaders to build additional resources and increase the capacity of KCPS. In collaboration with community partners and Kansas City Public Schools leadership, PIE ensures that the needs and strengths of every student are known, and partner services are differentiated to support students’ academic and social-emotional growth and success. 

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