About Kansas City

Not all kids in Kansas City are afforded the same educational opportunities. By the time they take the Missouri state exam in the third grade, students in Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) have already fallen significantly behind their peers in more affluent Lee’s Summit in reading and writing. This gap only continues to widen throughout their time in our system.

When Teach For America opened in Kansas City in 2008, the prevailing notion was that the problems in education were unsolvable. By and large the community lacked faith that substantive change was possible. Today, partially because of the work of Teach For America corps members and alumni, Kansas City has embraced the potential of reform. As we see classrooms and schools that are turning around, community and civic leaders feel a newfound sense of optimism about our collective power to overcome the challenges that have plagued our schools for decades.

At this moment in time, Teach For America – Kansas City, along with our schools, community partners, and state, is working to ensure we have leadership necessary at every level to provide all students in Kansas City with the educational opportunities they deserve.



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Stories From Kansas City

Students & Communities
By The TFA Editorial Team
April 9, 2018
The unique connections between students and Teach For America corps members that endure to this day.
One Day
By Mary Jo Madda
February 20, 2018
Alumni experts—teachers and pros working in tech—have a few things they’d like each other to know.
One Day
By Thomas Arnett
June 5, 2017
Can machines replace teachers? Hardly. Can they automate chores and alter how teachers spend their precious time? A former teacher says it’s inevitable.
Students & Communities
By The TFA Editorial Team
May 17, 2017
How Hannah Lofthus built the award-winning Ewing Marion Kauffman School to help fill the gap and give kids in Kansas City the education they deserve.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
March 21, 2017
Palmer’s No Wrong Answers podcast brings new meaning to using your “teacher voice.”

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