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KCPS Superintendent to Share Message of Equity in Education with International Audience

Kansas City, March 1, 2017:  Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell will be sharing his vision of equity in public education with people from around the world during the SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Tex.


Dr. Bedell will make his presentation during the "Engaging the Community" session that is scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6. He will focus on the steps that KCPS is taking to lower barriers to engagement in the school system, to ensure that he is listening to and learning from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and to leverage the resources of partners in order to benefit the entire community.


The SXSWedu conference is a gathering of some of the world's leading experts in education and innovation. It is considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind and it is expected that more than 7,000 people will be at the conference.


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Equity is one of Dr. Bedell's top priorities. Since taking the reins of KCPS in July 2016, he has devoted hundreds of hours to meeting with people from across the school system and developing initiatives that ensure every student and his or her family has the support needed to succeed.


"Equity in education means that circumstances such as race, gender, special education status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, English language learner (ELL) status, or socioeconomic status are not obstacles to student achievement," Dr. Bedell wrote in his post-entry plan. "Although historical factors have continued to contribute to the inequities our students face, it is imperative that we work collectively to address these barriers to success."