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Blueprint 2030: Help KCPS Set Goals for the Future

We’re asking staff members, students, parents/guardians and others to join us in providing feedback by participating in our Thoughtexchange platform. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to offer their responses to questions about the future of our schools.

Celebrate Our 2021 School Teachers of the Year

The 2021 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year Recognition Program honors the educators who structure their classrooms to increase performance and provide exceptional experiences, no matter what.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Zoom Across America

The Greater Kansas City Links Chapter is partnering with school systems across the metro to host Zoom reading sessions for kindergarten - third grade students in honor of Read Across America Week, the nation’s largest celebration of reading.

Seal of Biliteracy

Through increasing technology, the world is becoming smaller and the increase of bilingual skills are on the rise for professionals in the workplace. A Seal of Biliteracy and the Pathway awards encourage students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and help build a positive culture of diversity within the school setting.

Students who participate can earn up to 14 college credit hours at a variety of Missouri-based universities. In addition, students with the Seal of Biliteracy do not only have the gift of a second language, but the skills they develop as part of the program are also attractive to future employers.

 

About the Seal of Biliteracy

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is granted by KCPS to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more other world language before high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes a part of the high school transcript for these students and serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for the community, employers and universities. This recognition is ideal for:

  • Native English speakers studying a foreign language
  • English language learners acquiring English and maintaining their native language

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is recognized and endorsed by a number of colleges, universities and businesses, including Missouri State University, Truman State University and Mastercard. Seal-holders will have opportunities to earn college credit and career development thanks to this recognition. The award becomes part of the student’s transcript:

  • Beneficial when applying to certain Missouri universities
  • Beneficial when applying for jobs at certain Missouri businesses

 

Benefits

  • College credit
  • Values diversity
  • Encourages the study of a second language and culture
  • Recognize, promote, and praise students for their accomplishment
  • Provide employers with a means of identifying bilingual employees
  • Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants
  • Prepare students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in a global economy and society
  • Strengthen relationships and honor the cultures and languages in a community

Download the flyer here.

 

Seal of Biliteracy Documentation

Student application

Social-Cultural Competency Essay

Volunteer Hours Tracker

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