The largest city in the state of Missouri, Kansas City is also known as "KCMO," to differentiate it from Kansas City, Kansas located across the river. The city's striking landscape offers beautiful parks, wide boulevards, fantastic architecture, and more than 200 fountains. Local diversions include world-class museums, a vibrant arts scene, superb shopping, and great blues and jazz clubs. Kansas City also proudly calls itself the "Barbecue Capital of the World," and boasts more than 90 barbecue joints—from small eateries to full-blown, nothing-but-barbecue restaurants.
The city is comprised of several different neighborhoods that each has a unique culture. No matter where corps members choose to live, they can get just about anywhere in 20 minutes by car. The Teach For America regional office is located in the central Crossroads District, where there are many restaurants, galleries, and coffee shops, and Kansas City corps members are always welcome to stop by.
Since establishing the Kansas City region in 2008, Teach For America has placed over 335 teachers in nearly every grade and subject area in traditional and charter public schools in the Kansas City, Missouri and the Hickman Mills school districts. Corps members who bring enthusiasm and energy to their schools and classrooms will find it easy to become part of the community. And with several Teach For America alumni currently living in the region, corps members will have access to support and guidance throughout their time in Kansas City.
Get to Know Operation Breakthrough
Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that began in 1971 in response to requests from parents in the central city for quality child care for children of the working poor. With funding from the Model Cities Program and a grant from the Hall Family Foundation, the program launched at its original location, 31st and Paseo Streets, with 50 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In 1976 the center expanded to include before- and after-school care before moving to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981.
Over the last three decades, Operation Breakthrough has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and families it serves. In 2006, the organization completed an expansion and renovation project that doubled the size of the facility and increased its licensed capacity from 353 children to over 500.
Operation Breakthrough relies on the generosity of this community to continue its work. Current funding is provided by a federal Head Start grant, the State of Missouri, the city of Kansas City, private donations, and several foundations.
As funding for early childhood education continues to decrease, the services provided by Operation Breakthrough ensure that children in Kansas City receive a solid foundation and continue with a strong support system.
The largest neighborhood in Kansas City, Midtown is made up of many smaller neighborhoods, each with its own character. Many of the city's universities, cultural destinations, and parks are located in Midtown, which is bordered on the east by the Blue River. Residential and friendly, Midtown offers corps members a variety of affordable housing options in close proximity to great dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as many of the schools in which they teach.
Subjects And Grade Levels
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- English Language Learners
To teach in the state of Missouri, all corps members have to be Highly Qualified under the requirements of No Child Left Behind. In Kansas City, this means that corps members must obtain a provisional certificate, which is valid throughout their two-year teaching commitment. Provisional certificates are nonrenewable and will ultimately lead to full initial certification. To obtain a provisional certificate, all corps members are required to complete nine credit hours of certification coursework through Buena Vista University during their first semester of teaching and complete an academic contract. In addition to completing the coursework at Delta State University, all corps members are required to take and pass the Praxis II in their assigned content area.
Starting in the first semester of teaching, corps members are required to enroll in certification courses with the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) to obtain their initial certification which will be completed upon finishing their two-year commitment. In addition to obtaining an initial certification, each corps member has the opportunity to earn a master's in education within their two-year commitment.