School Leaders Head Back to Class

2018 Principals Institute provides important professional development


Kansas City, June 20, 2018: Building administrators in Kansas City Public Schools are heading back to class this summer to prepare to help students achieve success starting this fall.

The 2018 Principals Institute is being held June 18-22 for KCPS principals, vice principals and school leadership teams. The first four days are at Manual Career and Technical Center and include professional development sessions on Professional Learning Communities, data protocols and team problem solving.

The final day will feature learning specialist, author and consult LaVonna Roth in a special presentation at Arrowhead Stadium. She is the founder of the SHINE (Self, Heart, Inspire, Navigate and Exceptional) movement, which encourages people to use their skills, talents and gifts to illuminate the world.

The institute was launched by Superintendent Mark Bedell, who talked about the important role that school leaders play in KCPS.

“You all are truly the crux of KCPS. Everything we do hinges on you. You serve as the connector point from our students, parents, community and staff to the central office squad and the School Board,” Dr. Bedell said in his remarks. “Without you, we are blind and deaf. You are pivot point that can turn a school culture around. You ensure that the policies and procedures developed at the BOE are carried out with fidelity at our schools. You take the lead in leveraging our educational tools so that they benefit classrooms.”

Dr. Bedell also outlined the School Board’s priorities for the 2018-2019 academic year and explained that KCPS will have a focus on equity.

“This is something that overlays everything we are doing: equity!,” he said. “This is straight forward. I’ve said before and will say again: all means all. All our kids will get what they need to succeed. And every child is different. All our kids will get the individualized attention they deserve.”

Visit the KCPS Flickr site for more photos from the 2018 Principals Institute.