The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently awarded one of its Individual Schools grants to Gladstone Elementary School in order to boost an innovative educational program being developed to serve children from new American families.
The foundation announced on Oct. 19 that it was granting $448,510 over two years to support the expansion of the school’s New Americans Academy pilot program at Gladstone Elementary School. About 40 to 60 English language learners in Kindergarten through third grade will be impacted by program. Most of those students have little or no formal education. The program focuses on providing individualized educational support aimed at helping students make significant gains in their linguistic and math skills. If successful, the program could then be expanded to other sites in Kansas City Public Schools.
The award is part of the foundation’s Individual Schools grant program. Schools qualify for the grants by having high percentage of students from low-income households, demonstrating that they are on track to make significant improvements and are located with the Kansas City metro region. The grants enable schools to explore new programming, enhance existing programs to get better results or bring in new ideas and approaches.
Learn more about the programs and services available to New Americans at KCPS by visiting our Language Services webpage.