Experienced Educator to Lead New Kansas City Teacher Residency

Charles King will be responsible for developing innovative program designed to prepare aspiring teachers to become effective urban educators

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 29, 2015) — In cities across the country, urban teacher residencies have been successful in retaining educators in the classroom. Now Kansas City will have the opportunity to develop its own such program.

Charles King has spent more than 12 years working as a teacher, principal and education leader in Houston. Now he will be the director of a new teacher residency program with initial financial support by the Kauffman Foundation that will lead efforts to recruit, develop and retain high-quality, diverse teachers in the urban core of Kansas City.

“This is an exciting time to be in Kansas City,” King said. “There is already a flourishing community of committed, passionate teachers and supporters of high-quality schools and programs here. I look forward to building on that foundation to increase the number of excellent urban teachers who are working to ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed in life.”

The residency program will prepare future teachers—residents—by pairing them with teacher mentors. The mentorship is supplemented with ongoing professional development and university coursework. In its startup phase, King will focus on hiring staff, selecting residents and mentors, formalizing partnerships with school districts and an institution of higher education, developing curriculum and creating a long-term vision for the residency program.

The Kauffman Foundation has partnered with Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU) to start the residency program in Kansas City. UTRU has helped 17 other U.S. cities develop similar residency programs, where 85 percent of their program graduates have stayed in teaching positions for three years or longer.

The Foundation will support the Kansas City teacher residency program director position in its first year. Upon completion of the one-year term, King will transition to director of an independent non-profit organization.

“Charles King is a standout leader and educator,” said Aaron North, vice president of Education at the Foundation. “The residency program is just beginning, but we are confident it will be successful under Charles’ leadership. His background with both the district and KIPP schools in Houston provides him with the instructional credentials and community leadership skills to establish a program that achieves strong results for students and educators.”

King’s most recent position was principal of KIPP Spirit College Prep in Houston, where he led the school’s overall academic vision and direction. Previously, he served as director of co-curricular programs at KIPP Houston Public Schools and taught middle grade science and social studies at KIPP Academy Middle School and Welch Middle School, both in Houston. He has a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a master’s in educational leadership from Houston Baptist University.