Kansas City Leadership Cohort


Great schools have talented leaders who ensure that all kids receive a quality education. The Kansas City Leadership Cohort was created in 2016 to support the next generation of leaders and increase collaboration across the city.

The Kauffman Foundation facilitates the Kansas City Leadership Cohort in coordination with Relay Graduate School of Education to help leaders elevate their skills so that students reach their maximum potential. Selected school leaders participate in a yearlong instructional leadership program through the National Principal Academy Fellowship and receives ongoing professional development in Kansas City. 

Join the third Kansas City Leadership Cohort

Principals and principal managers who are ready to take their leadership to the next level can apply to the Kansas City Leadership Cohort. Application and manager recommendation forms are due January 30, 2018.


  • Principal or principal manager
  • Work in a school or district with a student population exceeding 40 percent free and reduced lunch
  • At one of the following districts: Kansas City Public Schools; charters schools within KCPS boundaries; Hickman Mills, Grandview, Center, North Kansas City, Raytown, Independence, Shawnee Mission, Turner, Kansas City, Kansas, Bonner Springs, and KCK/KCMO archdiocese school districts

Candidate Profile:

  • Willingness to learn, grow, and accept feedback
  • Evidence of improving student achievement (can be at classroom, team, or school level)
  • Managed by a supervisor who is committed and supportive 
  • Evidence that they will prioritize learnings from the program (student culture, instruction and data) and put in extra time

Application Deadline: January, 30, 2018.

Learn more about the application process (PDF)

Application Form

Manager Recommendation Form

Currently, the second cohort of educators selected for this program are building their experience, knowledge and skills to elevate learning for children.  The selected educators listed below are learning best practices, trying new approaches, working alongside leaders from across the country, and applying new skills in their own schools.

11 local school leaders were selected from seven different charter schools and districts to participate in the second Kansas City Leadership Cohort.

The second Kansas City Leadership Cohort:

  • Rejéanne Alomenu, principal at Garcia Elementary
  • Justin Alt, teacher leader at KIPP Kansas City
  • Micah Fritz, teacher at Red Bridge Elementary
  • Stacy Graff, principal at University Academy
  • Tina Hinds-Booth, principal at Genesis Promise Academy
  • Amanda McRae, teacher leader at KIPP Kansas City
  • Deon Myer, teacher leader at Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Keith Schoen, teacher leader at Alta Vista High School
  • Bryan Shaw, vice principal at Northeast Middle School
  • Alecia Tumpap, teacher leader at Ewing Marion Kauffman School
  • Jermaine Wilson, principal at King Elementary