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Individual Schools Grant

The Individual Schools Grant (ISG) supports the Kansas City region (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri) district, charter, and private schools serving lower-income students.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has been a longtime champion of innovation and rethinking education. But in the last few years, it has become even more evident that real innovation comes from those that are closest to the challenges. School leaders in the Kansas City metro region have shown over and over again that they are creating change with their staff, students, and communities. As we collectively rebuild better in our region, we want to support future-forward approaches school leaders are using to make their schools ready for the future.

Seeing school leaders every year make such an impact with 15,000 students in three counties across the Kansas City region will have a long-term impact in our education ecosystem. That’s how Kansas City sets itself up for success.

— Lia McIntosh
Program Officer, Education

The Individual Schools Grant supports the Kansas City region (Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri) district, charter, and private schools serving lower-income students.

Areas of focus to reach improved student outcomes include:

  • Professional learning and development.
  • Curriculum and instruction.
  • Student support.
  • Parent/community engagement.

School leaders are invited to apply for a grant of up to $125,000 per year, which will support initiatives that take place within an individual elementary or middle school. This grant opportunity will also provide school leaders access to a national and regional learning community, Rethink ED, facilitated by the Kauffman Foundation.

Meet the 2021 grantees

  • Brookside Charter | Support for Anti-Biased Anti-Racism (ABAR) curriculum development to increase engagement and academic outcomes for students.
  • Crossroads | Increase summer academic support for students experiencing learning loss due to school closure and remote learning during COVID-19.
  • Frontier Schools Inc (Elementary PK-3) | Strengthen a comprehensive academic RTI Literacy curriculum and professional development for pre-K through second grade students and staff to combat educational disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gordon Parks Elementary School | Enhance resilience education for students and offer trauma training to their teachers and caregivers.
  • Hickman Mills-Ingels Elementary | Support culturally responsive teaching (CRT) in K-5 classrooms to positively impact student academic achievement and create an environment that celebrates diverse experiences.
  • Hickman Mills-Truman | Enhance literacy support to target K-2 students who are performing below grade-level expectations by adding a Reading Specialist.
  • Independence-Bingham, Pioneer Ridge, and Nowlin Middle Schools | Provide graduation coaches for middle school students to ensure they are academically and socially prepared to enter high school.
  • KC Girls Prep | Implement a multitiered system of supports (MTSS) with a focus on literacy, providing universal screening for all students, increasing levels of targeted support based on academic need, professional development, and coaching.
  • North Kansas City-Chapel Hill Elementary | Implement Learning Labs as a professional development model of ongoing collaboration and peer coaching between classroom teachers, English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, and special education teachers.
  • Our Lady of Unity Catholic School | Increase the number of students reaching grade-level proficiency in reading by providing teacher training and instructional resources to fully implement the Wilson Reading System.
  • Raytown-Eastwood Hills Elementary | Strengthen reading pedagogy among teachers and reading proficiency among students through enhanced classroom instruction and increased frequency of targeted small group and individual reading intervention.
  • St. Regis Catholic | Support an Inclusion Specialist and implement a Trauma & Resilience Practitioner Certification program for the staff.