Teacher Preparation Program in Kansas City

Preparing Teachers. Creating an Equitable Education for All.

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The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is a non-profit organization founded in 2015

to improve student outcomes by preparing, certifying, and retaining highly effective teachers who are rigorously prepared and supported. We recruit individuals who are dedicated to making an equitable, anti- racist education system a reality in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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How We Help

Out of all school-related factors, the quality of the teacher is the largest indicator of student achievement.

We believe that by preparing teachers to be highly effective educators who are dedicated to the students they serve, we can create an educational environment in our public schools where all students succeed.

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Quality Education for All Students

By altering the way we approach teacher preparation, we can make a difference in the education of our youth.

We recognize the long-standing prevalence of racism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy in America and the direct impact this has had on the education profession and student access to high quality education. KCTR is committed to actively and directly challenging racist, anti-Black, and white-supremacist education systems that have been created against the Black community, Indigenous peoples, and People of Color.

Our Mission

The Kansas City Teacher Residency will recruit, prepare, develop, place, and retain mission-oriented individuals who want to make a deep commitment to working in Title 1 schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students within Kansas City.

OUR Vision

At KCTR, we see a Kansas City where quality education is guaranteed for all kids. We envision a Kansas City education system that has dedicated, diverse, and prepared teachers who understand and meet the needs of all students.

Our Values

Making a difference

01. Mission driven

At KCTR, we fundamentally believe that by developing highly effective teachers, we can create equitable classrooms where all students will learn and maximize their potential.

02. Care & love

At KCTR, we strive to illuminate and uncover ourselves as educators and deepen our empathy and commitment to our students, selves, team, families, and our city. We cultivate communities that ground each person in affirmation, value, support, and safety.

03. Persistence

At KCTR, we remain focused on our mission and persevere even when challenges and setbacks stand in our way.

04. High Expectations

At KCTR, we believe that with an intentional focus on continuous growth, we will improve all aspects of teaching and learning. We commit to modeling excellence with grace as we seek to develop this in others.

05. Growth Mindset

At KCTR, we value progress. Leveraging feedback and reflection, we celebrate accomplishments, acknowledge challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth, and contribute to a community of individuals who seek to continuously develop.

06. Collaboration

At KCTR, we build genuine relationships with partners, stakeholders, and the community—both inside and outside the classroom—to strengthen our collective impact.

07. Ownership

At KCTR, we are accountable to students, ourselves, and our community to embody mindsets, actions, and results that aid in the pursuit of our mission.

Program Overview

From the application process through the Residency, our model is purposefully rigorous to prepare teachers for the intensity of the teaching profession.

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Our graduate-level teacher preparation program in Kansas city offers additional benefits compared to a traditional education preparation program. We accomplish this by supporting pre-service teachers through a one-year Residency. Additionally, we provide continued individualized coaching support and professional development through their first three years as a teacher of record.

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School Sites

42

Residents

109

Graduates

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Goal

Our Impact

Our goal isn’t to just certify individuals to become educators. Rather, we focus on preparing highly effective teachers for classrooms through the best equity-driven teacher preparation program in Kansas City so that one day every child might have a quality education, no matter their circumstances.

School Partners

 

Hear from our teachers.

 

“I really appreciated all the dedicated time we spent doing community building exercises to establish strong relationships as a cohort. With this foundation of trust we will be able to work more effectively together throughout our residency year…and beyond!”

Erin Nielsen, Resident

“Thank you for this opportunity … Diversity and Equity [training] was very useful. It opened me up to various cultures and visions … because of that session, I now have more lenses to view life and challenges through.”

Vincent Gunnels, Cohort 1

“I am so thankful, grateful, and blessed to have been able to participate in Summer Institute. I am excited and ready to be introduced to the classroom and cannot wait to exercise all that I have learned in my daily practice as a teacher … I am more prepared than I could have ever imagined and look forward to having a “loud” voice in the quality of Kansas City Education!”

Julie Magaña, Cohort 1

“The only teacher that gets me is [KCTR Resident] Mr. Dove. He really understands me. No teacher understands me like Mr. Dove {a Cohort 3 Resident}”

Middle School Student at Crossroads Academy of Kansas City

“My life took a 90 degree turn when I joined as a resident. They provided an opportunity for me to get a full-time job in the classroom. They filled a void in my life I didn’t know was there. They have supported me as a resident, a resident graduate, and now as a mentor teacher. For that, I am grateful!!! ”

Graduate of the KCTR Residency and Current Mentor

“KCTR always listens and always puts you as the resident first. KCTR listens and understands and supports your own individual journey to becoming a teacher.”

KCTR Resident Teacher

“KCTR allows me to develop my coaching and mentoring process. I am able to use rigorous rubrics as I work with my resident. These resources are very helpful as we challenge ourselves towards mastery. It is helpful to my school as we are able to add KCTR graduates to our community and strengthen our team of classroom teachers.”

KCTR Mentor Teacher

“The specific type of co-teaching/mentorship model sets it apart from a traditional route to certification. The mentorship was a big draw for me when applying because I know a lot of first year teachers miss out on that and often is the biggest component of burnout.”

KCTR Resident

[KCTR is] Kansas City focused – from the schools, to the longevity of the commitment, to the people working for the company. Less focused on being a stepping zone to something else and more focused on flooding KC schools with powerful educators.”

KCTR Resident

Get Involved

Whether you’re looking to become a teacher resident, a donor, a partner school, or a sponsor, we’re always excited to get in touch with people who care about KC as much as we do.

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Are you ready to make a difference?

Our city needs great educators. Become a teacher through the Kansas City Teacher Residency and make a difference in the lives of Kansas City area students. This one-year residency program and three-year teaching commitment is for college graduates and career changers who want to become excellent teachers and make an impact.