Our Mission and Vision

Bettering Teachers for Kansas City Schools

Our Vision

The Kansas City Teacher Residency will be a program that achieves results for students, schools, and communities by training and retaining urban teachers at the highest need schools, and as a result the Kansas City Teacher Residency will be come the model for teacher preparation across the country.

At Kansas City Teacher Residency, we envision a city where an equitable education is guaranteed. Today, both in Kansas City and throughout the country, too many factors can impact the academic outcomes of students.

But it doesn’t have to.

Research indicates that a passionate, highly-effective teacher is the single greatest indicator of student success. We believe that by training more effective teachers, supporting them in understanding the unique needs of urban students, as well as increasing the number of teachers of color and male teachers in the profession, we can change the educational landscape of Kansas City and beyond.


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 high need urban schools in the Kansas City area.

The Kansas City Teacher Residency strives to develop passionate individuals who want to join the teaching profession into effective, compassionate teachers who work hard every day to ensure kids receive the education they deserve. We do this through a residency model, which allows residents to develop and hone their teaching skills in a master-teachers classroom for an entire year, while also earning their certification, and through weekly instructional coach visits, seminar classes and content courses. These development structures help our residents teachers become the teachers the students of Kansas City both need, and deserve.

Help Us Achieve Our Vision

To learn more about becoming a teacher resident or donating to help our future teachers and students, call KCTR today at (816) 298-5660.