New Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Kansas City native and career educator LaTanya Franklin is the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She has spent more than 20 years working in local school districts and comes to KCPS from Hickman Mills.
In Hickman Mills, Ms. Franklin supervised elementary principals, supported early learning and district federal programs. Her oversight consisted of leading a Curriculum and Instruction Department that included elementary and secondary schools and programs, early learning programs, professional development and assessment and technology. Under her leadership, the district’s pre-K program won the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 2019 Community IMPACT Award. In 2021, Hickman Mills was designated a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished District.
A highly successful administrator, Ms. Franklin oversaw a district-wide STEAM/PBL expansion, initiated the implementation of a new, standards-based curriculum PK-12 with aligned district benchmark assessments, streamlined multi-tiered systems of support and enhanced the college and career experiences for elementary and secondary students. In addition, she helped to secure a $190,000.00 Kauffman Foundation Individual School Grant to increase academic outcomes for students using a culturally responsive teaching approach. Ms. Franklin’s vision, direction and efforts have served to increase academic achievement for all students, particularly students from historically underrepresented, underserved and marginalized groups.