Gladstone Elementary Celebrated for Remarkable Improvement

Certificate of Achievement given during March 14 Board meeting


Kansas City, March 15, 2018: The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors gave Gladstone Elementary School Principal Dana Carter a Certificate of Achievement for impressive and long-term improvements made by her school.

Under the leadership of Ms. Carter, Gladstone recently rose out of state “Focus” status. Under this status, education authorities and experts provide extra support and guidance for the lowest performing schools in Missouri. Gladstone’s ongoing improvements mean that this status is no longer necessary.

Carter and her staff achieved this milestone with an impressive degree of focus and a wide variety of innovative best-practices, including:

  • Participation in Steven Covey’s “Leader in Me” program, which teaches students leadership traits
  • Focused instructional walkthroughs, and coaching teachers to increase rigor, student achievement and engagement
  • Use of the SAMS accountability system
  • A commitment to educating the entire child and providing wrap-around services to families
  • An openness to new ideas and feedback
  • Mini-grants to fund flexible seating in 10 classrooms over the last two years – Flexible seating provides a more suitable learning environment for students to work together in groups and pairs as well as working collaboratively.