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UMKC Partnership To Prepare Urban Principals Is ‘Missing Piece’ From Teacher To Leader

Asha Moore just finished her ninth year teaching. She loves being an educator, but she isn’t returning to the classroom in the fall. Instead, she’ll be taking over the dean of students job at the Academy for Integrated Arts, a Kansas City charter school focused on the arts. She is participating in a new program, KC PLUS, or Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools. The program places students pursuing principal certification at UMKC’s School of Education in the Kansas City Public Schools or charters to spend the two years they’re pursuing their administration certificate working as instructional coaches or in other support positions. The program kicks off with an intensive four-week summer course, followed by a two-year ‘residency’ working under experienced leaders, modeled on the residency programs for medical students. Read more.


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