Kansas City, Aug. 7, 2019: More than 2,000 Kansas City Public Schools staff members are fired up for the start of school.
KCPS hosted its annual all-staff Convocation starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Music Hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Convocation is an opportunity for employees to unite at an inspirational, pep rally-type event leading into the first day of classes.
The 2019 KCPS Convocation theme was “It’s Our Time.” The event was presented as a kind of Homecoming for students, parents, staff, alumni and community members. KCPS stakeholders have overcome enormous challenges and stayed the course towards realizing the goal of creating a public education system where every student can achieve their dreams. It’s our time for stability, resilience, equity, excellence, unity, accountability, and student achievement.
This year’s Convocation featured the traditional “Parade of Schools,” with leaders from every KCPS school marching on stage. Kansas City DJ and musician and KCPS alumnus Sean Tyler hosted the event. He did short on-stage interviews with Superintendent Mark Bedell and School Board Chair Pattie Mansur about their visions for the upcoming school year.
KCPS Education Foundation Director Nicole Collier-White and a representative of Jostens presented the 2019 KCPS Teacher of the Year ring to recipient Diane Mora of East High School. KCPS Chief Human Resources Officer Jennifer Collier shared information about the Excellence in Education Awards program, which is being funded through the SchoolSmartKC organization and includes about $50,000 in awards for KCPS educators.
The 2019-2020 academic year starts on Monday, Aug. 12 in KCPS.