Solar Eclipse Means Great Lessons In KCPS

Schools get safety glasses, special curriculum and treats for the historic occasion


Kansas City, Aug. 22, 2017:  Kansas City Public Schools used the darkening of the sun to enlighten young minds.

Kansas City residents had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Schools across KCPS were in session that day and turned this historic scientific event into a unique learning opportunity.

Deputy Superintendent Marla Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development Trinity Davis and their academic team provided several resources for schools to use during the solar eclipse, including certified safety glasses for every student and staff member. Classes were also provided with a special grade-appropriate curriculum to guide lessons that day, plus MoonPie treats to celebrate the event.

“We’re all extremely excited about the eclipse and the chance to help our students experience real-world science,” Dr. Sheppard said. “The best lessons are often hands on, and this event is a great example of how our educators are thinking outside the box to guide our students.”