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Our Mission, Vision, & Values

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.

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.

Kansas City Teacher Residency is dedicated to improving the urban educational system, and therefore the lives of Kansas City students, by harnessing your unique and outstanding leadership qualities. In fact, as a part of our Core Values, we are Equity Driven, maintain Enduring Excellence, foster a healthy Growth Mindset, and possess a Servant Spirit.

We encourage you to take a closer look at our Core Values to learn more about the KCTR model and how you can make a difference to urban Kansas City students.

Misson Driven

Understands that in order for their students to learn and achieve, teachers leverage their broader communities. We are problem solvers and bring genuine conversations to the table, keeping what’s best for kids at the forefront of all work, conversations, and decisions.

High Expectations

Continually sets high bar of excellence for themselves as professionals and for their students in the classrooms. Through intentionality, all aspects of the classroom, teaching, and learning will be executed at a high level with the understanding that excellence is a habit.

Collaboration

Understands that in order for their students to learn and achieve, teachers leverage their broader communities. We are problem solvers and bring genuine conversations to the table, keeping what’s best for kids at the forefront of all work, conversations, and decisions.

Ownership

 

Consistently holds themselves and others accountable to the results, actions, and decisions. All of the children are ours!

Care and Love

There is a deep sense of empathy and commitment to the students and families that we serve. Understanding that life happens to our students more often than we would like, and as a result, ensure that each students feels valued, supported, and safe. Additionally, the same sense of empathy and commitment is demonstrated in the work that we do in the planning, preparation, execution, and analysis so that we may be the most effective teachers possible.

Persistence

 

Remains focused on the end goal, and does not let obstacles, challenges, or set backs take themselves or others away from achieving goals that are set.

Growth Mindset

Never settle or create a low bar for growing and developing. Feedback is the fuel necessary for the self-adjustment that ensures growth is continual. Moreover, our students need for us to see them for their highest selves. The future, and not the moment, is the North Star.

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.