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Amplify: Empowering Educators of Color for Student Success

Amplify 2023 attendees pose for a group photo outside
Attendees of Amplify 2023 gather around the Amplify sign. Photo by Kamiasha Tyner
Seven people pose for a photo in front of a backdrop that says "Amplify" in multiple colors.
Amplify 2022 lunch panelists pose for a photograph. Photography by Kamiasha Tyner.
A presenter stands in front of a crowd giving a speech.
Dr. Christopher Emdin closes out Amplify 2022. Photo by Estuardo Garcia
A group of conference attendees clapping.
The Amplify crowd applauds a keynote speaker. Photograph by Kamiasha Tyner.

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What is Amplify?

Amplify seeks to engage and support educators of color in the Kansas City community. Amplify will extend to an ongoing engagement to connect educators of color and support them in their growth and development throughout the year. These ongoing engagements include an annual convening hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Amplify Community Advisory Committee, as well as other opportunities to connect and grow with like-minded professionals.  

Nearly half of our nation’s students are not white, yet less than a quarter of teachers are people of color, according to the American Community Survey. Research continues to show that when a teacher’s race/ethnicity match their students, that academic success and outcomes improve.

Until our education workforce has a balance of representation that reflects the students they serve, we will continue to build a strong community, ready to develop and advocate for better practices to recruit, retain, and empower educators of color.