Teach For America Kansas City

Black Lives Matter leader and “Pod Save The People” podcast host DeRay Mckesson announced as keynote speaker of Teach For America Kansas City’s 10th anniversary event

Event will be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Jan. 10; Kansas City’s Quxotic will also perform

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Teach For America Kansas City, the local nonprofit organization tackling education inequity in the metro area celebrating its 10-year anniversary during the 2018-2019 school year, is proud to announce civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson as the keynote speaker of its 10th anniversary event on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Mckesson is a Teach For America alumnus and leading voice of the Black Lives Matter movement, a path that was spurred by the 2014 death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. He is the host of the critically acclaimed “Pod Save The People” podcast and co-founder of multiple online resources aimed to connect individuals with knowledge and tools to become thoughtful activists and promote policies that ensure equity.


The Teach For America Kansas City 10th anniversary event will also feature performances by Quixotic, Kansas City’s innovative performance art collective known for its aerialists, Kansas City Improv and The V.I.P. Movement (Violence I Prevent). Limited sponsorships and individual tickets are still available. The TFA KC Turns 10 event is being co-chaired by Dan and Kristen Fromm and Bill and Christy Gautreaux. Community leaders John and Marny Sherman and Rick Green will be honored, along with the tenacious Teach For America alumni and Kansas City community.  


Over the course of its first decade in the metro, Teach For America Kansas City has influenced the local landscape of education, including:


  • The recruitment and training of more than 1,000 educators who have led more than 150,000 pre-K through 12th grade students in low-income classrooms. This group of educators includes the 2017 and 2018 Kansas City Public Schools Teacher of the Year recipients Derrik Wiggins and Arjun Ravindran.
  • The founding of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School by Teach For America alumna, Hannah Lofthus. More than half of the school’s faculty is TFA-trained and during the 2015-2016 school year, that team saw its 9th grade class score a 98 percent proficiency on the state biology end-of-course test. That same year, the school’s 8th grade class was top in math and third in science in the state of Missouri.
  • Teach For Amreica alumni make up over 40 percent of University Academy’s staff, which was named a National Blue Ribbon School from 2013-2017, the first charter school in Missouri to receive the distinction.


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About Teach For America Kansas City

Teach For America Kansas City works in partnership with urban communities in Kansas City to expand educational opportunity for children. Teach For America was founded in 1990 and came to Kansas City in 2008, Teach For America Kansas City recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Nationally, Teach For America is a force of nearly 60,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead.