Top Four Reasons the Kansas City Leadership Cohort Kick-off was a Knockout Success



If the
Kansas City Leadership Cohort kick-off was the group’s first step, then I would say it made a large leap in the right direction. 

In early March, the Kauffman Foundation hosted a kick-off event for the first Kansas City Leadership Cohort (KCLC), a group of 12 local education leaders from seven local district and charter schools who have been chosen for a prestigious national professional development program. 

With support from the Foundation, the cohort will participate in the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principal Academy Fellowship. The goal of the program is to develop the capacity of current principals and build a bench of future leaders. They’ll also receive ongoingprofessional development in Kansas City for a year. This is only the beginning, but here are the top four reasons why the kick-off for KCLC was a knockout success:

1) The cohort brought together district, charter and non-profit partners to celebrate the cohort launch.
2) KCLC consists of a group of leaders who boast a diverse level of experience, expertise and talents.
3) KCLC is a great building block to ensure that education is rising in Kansas City.
4) We started to collaborate, share ideas and build our KCLC community.

We cannot wait to see how the KCLC develops and grows to lead our kids to success.

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Jacqueline Erickson Russell is a program officer in Education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages a grant portfolio that supports initiatives that recruit, develop, and retain teachers, leaders, and educators.