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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

District Plans & Initiatives

Strategic Plan

Improving is hard work. To improve implies intent, consideration and coordination. Tangible, signficant and sustainable progress can only happen with honest assessmets, careful planning and faithful execution. That is why KCPS created the 2018-23 Strategic Plan. To download the highlights or full document, click on the link below.

Strategic Plan Highlights

Strategic Plan Full Document

Strategic Plan Scorecard

Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs

The Strategic Plan begins with our Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs. These crucial elements affirm our hopes and dreams for all students, clarify the fundamental purposes of our school system, and describe the guiding principles that shape our actions and behaviors.

Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs

Goals & Measures of Student Success

The Strategic Plan is truly student-centered. Early on during the planning process, we defined the Goals & Measures of Student Success. The goals are the outcomes we want for our students. The measures are indicators of student progress toward those goals.

Four Pillars

The rest of the Strategic Plan organizes the work of adults into four categories or pillars. The Four Pillars are the building blocks of what adults must do well in order to achieve the desired outcomes for students.

Professional Practices for Instructional Effectiveness

Programs made fade, but practices endure. A common set of proven practices offers a consistency of approach, an economy of effort, and more opportunities for evidence-based collaboration across teams, schools, and the system. The Professional Practices for Instructional Effectiveness focus on defining the teaching, leadership, and organizational practices most essential for responsive instruction across the district. The practices outline the expectations for all KCPS staff and the standards by which we will be held accountable. The practices are organized around the Four Pillars.

A Roadmap for Student Growth and Success

Finally, the Roadmap for Student Learning articulates priorities and actions to be implemented through 2023. The Strategic Priorities are the programs, targeted solutions or continuous improvement initiatives which will facilitate the accomplishment of student goals. Each priority as a corresponding set of Key Actions, or specific strategies and milestones. The Four Pillars provide the framework for the Strategic Priorities and Key Actions.