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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.
Attendees at Amplify 2022. Photo by Estuardo Garcia
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The Amplify crowd applauds a keynote speaker. Photograph by Kamiasha Tyner.

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What is Amplify?

Since 2017, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Amplify Community Advisory Committee has hosted Amplify: Empowering Educators of Color for Student Success, an annual event that supports educators of color in the Kansas City metro area. During the event thought leaders and practitioners from across the country and leaders and educators of color in the Kansas City region come together to learn from one another.

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.

Workforce and career development is vital to achieving financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity for all people. When people have access to training, support, and the opportunity to achieve and progress on a career path, they can attain an equitable living wage setting generations of people on the path to prosperity. That’s why it’s one of the Foundation’s key strategic pillars.

Amplify convenes Kansas City-area educators of color in a space that allows for growth, professional development, and connection; by doing so, we’re also supporting Kansas City-area students.

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