Teaching Certification Programs in Kansas City
Who We Are
Preparing Highly Effective Teachers
The Kansas City Teacher Residency will recruit, prepare, place, and retain passionate individuals to join the teaching profession.
We strive to develop these teachers into effective, compassionate, and antiracist educators who work to ensure kids receive a quality education. We do this through a teacher residency model, which allows residents to hone their teaching skills by serving as AmeriCorps members in Mentor teachers’ classroom for a full school year. Residents earn their teaching certification, receive instructional coaching, engage in coursework and participate in and benefit from their AmeriCorps membership. This rigorous development model helps our resident teachers become the educators the students of Kansas City deserve.
We work towards a future where every classroom is led by compassionate, highly effective, culturally and emotionally responsive educators. Partnering with school systems to build equitable communities, we aspire towards the day where all students are represented and have access to a high-quality education.
We recruit, cultivate, support, and retain a diverse network of empowered and effective educators. We prepare teachers to create transformative and equitable classroom experiences for all students in the communities we serve.
What guides our work
Through our residency and certification program, Kansas City Teacher Residency is dedicated to improving the local educational system, and therefore, the lives of students by supporting your development as a highly effective and inclusive teacher. Take a closer look at our Core Values to learn more about why we believe in our teacher residency and what drives us to do the work that we do.
Our work actively disrupts racist systems that are rooted in anti-Blackness and white supremacy and that perpetuate educational injustices against Black, Indigenous, Latinx/e, and People of Color. We think creatively about how to build bold, new possibilities while counteracting oppression & injustice throughout the education system.
Our work is deeply human, made possible by mutually inspiring relationships. We nurture partnerships so that the grander education system blossoms into a dynamic community. Our impact is magnified as we build relationships with integrity, trust, and transparency.
Our work is anchored in our vision for the education system; it encourages us to align the impact of our actions with our intentions. Constant and conscious effort to carry out our mission will make this vision a reality. We operate responsibly and diligently so that our
chances of producing consistent results increases.
Our work evolves by setting an intentional focus on persistent development. We recognize that perfection is the enemy of good, but courage is the ally of progress. As we pursue our mission, we celebrate and reflect on accomplishments and challenges both as opportunities for greater understanding and wisdom
Our work is grounded by a commitment to the holistic wellbeing of our students, teachers, families, schools, and selves. We affirm, value, and support each person in their inherent dignity and foster a culture where every person’s brilliance shines.
Our commitment to antiracism
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.
KCTR seeks allyship with our partners as we work together toward our common vision: creating more equitable paths to the education profession and more equitable access to quality education for students. As we embark on living out our commitment toward antiracism, we ask others to join us as we acknowledge our positional privilege and power in a white-dominant field. KCTR engages in this work with urgency in our action, persistence, and dedication to the work.
Our Annual Report
While we are continuing to navigate our way through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-22 year was impactful for KCTR. Learn about the accomplishments we made over the last year in our Annual Report.
Meet Our Team
Passionate About Education in Kansas City
The team at Kansas City Teacher Residency is dedicated to maximizing the effectiveness of education in Kansas City schools. By setting a high standard of excellence, we believe we can transform the lives of Kansas City students for the better.
Help Us Achieve Our Vision
Join us in ensuring every classroom is filled with a highly effective teacher. Whether you’re seeking teaching certification programs in Kansas City or donating to our organization, you can make a difference in the KC public education system.
For any questions or concerns, please call us at (816) 298-5660.