Partner Spotlight: University Academy

02 Sep Partner Spotlight: University Academy

On June 13th, thirty-eight teacher residents arrived at Mayerberg Hall for the first day of Summer Institute 2016 at University Academy (UA). Summer Institute prepared Residents with a foundation of equity and diversity training and the first series of professional development before beginning their clinical teaching hours. Throughout the first two weeks of Summer Institute, UA’s hospitality for KCTR staff and residents helped make the inaugural summer programming a success.

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As a K-12 college preparatory public charter academy, UA has been a pioneer in recruiting quality teachers to Kansas City’s urban core. The campus sits at 68th and Holmes and consists of three schools: a lower, middle, and upper. It has grown to serve 1,000 students in all grade levels, a far reach from the first cohort of 300 students in 2000.

UA’s founders envisioned a school based in college preparation, career development, community service, and leadership–that vision became a reality that has gone on to make national headlines. In 2015, UA was ranked as one of the best high schools in the country by Newsweek Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

The 2016-17 academic year will have three new additions to the Academy’s classrooms, as three KCTR Residents take up residency at UA: Danielle Kaley (ECE), Chelsea Cravens (MS Math), and Kimberly White (MS ELA). Residents will study under Clinical Resident Coaches (CRC) Breanne Coleman, Elise Kwenin, and John Gawin, respectively. CRC’s serve as mentors, as they lead Residents along a gradual release plan to prepare them for teacher certification.

To learn more about University Academy, visit their website at


Brittney is the Director of Operations for Kansas City Teacher Residency and currently serves as a commissioner for Mayor Sly James' Youth Commission.

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