The ACBSP Marketing Committee has named Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation as the focus of the 2018 #ACBSP4Change. This is a conference tradition that began in 2015, allowing attendees to give back to the conference host city and assist with a need(s) identified by a local public school district.
The KCPS-EF believes that a successful public education system depends on three pillars: motivated students, caring adults and an engaged community. “We are connectors, helping the Kansas City Public Schools address the sometimes-competing interests of these stakeholders while embracing the unique tapestry of cultures, languages, belief systems and socio-economic backgrounds they serve.”
The Foundation has developed a Five-Year Plan that seeks to secure funds to assist the District in achieving its goals in four program areas:
Foundational skills are critical for students to experience complex text and ideas. The National Reading Panel (2001) identified third grade as the time when students should be able to read. Without interventions and a strong focus in the area of literacy, it will be difficult to fill the gaps in the future. With Success in the Early Years, every student will receive the social-emotional, cognitive, health and community support necessary to be successful by the end of Grade 3.
Middle School Initiatives
The time to begin exploring career options is middle school. By offering STEM related courses and other pathways, students move into high school knowing which electives meet their interest and needs.
College and Career Readiness Initiatives
KCPS is offering more advanced academics in order for students to be college ready. Through Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, and International Baccalaureate courses, students have the opportunity of leaving high school with college credits. The CTE program is also bringing in courses such as Culinary Arts, Computer Science, and EMT to provide students with certificates. This opportunity will be for students not going to college, but immediately joining the workforce.
Professional Development Initiatives
In order to increase student achievement, teachers and district leaders need professional development for growth. With the many changes in technology and the way students learn best, teachers need to be provided opportunities to learn outside of the workday. KCPS has developed data-informed, effective and efficient systems to ensure professional practices are in place at all levels of development for staff.
Make a difference in the lives of students in Kansas City Pubic Schools by contributing to #ACBSP4Change. The Marketing Committee has set a goal to raise $2,500 by June 1, so they can proudly present a check to Foundation representatives at ACBSP Conference 2018.
Students at the KCPS’ Summerfest 2017