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Kansas City Public Schools
Blueprint 2030

 

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Planning For Our Future

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A sustainable future for all

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KCPS is embarking upon an engagement process that will capture how we approach the future of schools in our school district and community. This process of engaging our school district and community will be an opportunity to gather voices and participate in conversations that are important to the future of our schools. What an opportunity to help shape and refine our plans for the future - an opportunity in which we invite all of our schools and community stakeholders to participate. Blueprint 2030 will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there.

KCPS wants to ensure all children living within the school district boundaries have access to a quality Pre-K through 12 educational experience and graduate ready for college, career and life. KCPS has been making great strides in academic achievement and providing engaging academic programing, but we know that additional progress is needed to better serve all our students.

Blueprint 2030 is a year-long planning and community engagement effort that will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there. It is a blueprint for the future that maximizes KCPS resources, improves efficiencies, and enhances the educational experience and academic outcomes for all students.

During Blueprint 2030, KCPS will work with our staff, parents, students and the KC community to:

  • Conduct an assessment and evaluation of our current school system (where are we now?)
  • Establish goals for the future (where do we want to be?)
  • Evaluate scenarios (what options do we have for getting us from where we are now to where we want to be?)
  • Identify recommendations for action (how do we get there?)

Community feedback is critical to the success of Blueprint 2030. To learn more about how to get involved, go to our Feedback section.

Questions

Questions that Blueprint 2030 will answer

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Timeline

Timeline for Blueprint 2030

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The planning process for Blueprint 2030 will span six phases:


  • Phase 1 Assessments - Where Are We?: July 2019 – March 2020
  • Phase 2 Goal Setting - Where Do We Want To Be?: October 2019 – April 2020
  • Phase 3 Scenarios - What Options Do We Have?: April 2020 – Summer 2020
  • Phase 4 Recommendations - How Do We Get There?: September/October 2020
  • Phase 5 Implementation - How Do We Get There?: November 2020 – SY2022
  • Phase 6 Evaluation - Are We Getting There?: Annual Review
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Phase 1:
Assessments
Where Are We?
July 2019 – March 2020

Phase 1:
Assessments
Where Are We?
July 2019 – March 2020

Phase 1: Assessments

Before we can identify where we want to be and how we are going to get there, it's necessary to conduct a thorough assessment of where KCPS and our KC public education system are today. In 2018, KCPS conducted a data-driven analysis of the KC system (KCPS + charter schools) which identified areas of opportunity and areas in need of improvement (see report and summary below). During the assessment phase, KCPS is conducting a deeper dive into several key areas that were identified in the 2018 System Analysis, including:

  • Human Capital (staff recruitment/staff retention/staff attendance)
  • Facility Assessment (facility needs/utilization study)
  • Inefficiency Assessment (central office/school site)
  • Enrollment Trends (transfer analysis/market research)
  • Educational Assessment (signature schools/secondary schools/grade configuration/feeder system)

Part of the assessment work will be conducted internally by KCPS staff. Some components will be conducted by independent, 3rd party consultants.

Signature school/secondary school assessments – KCPS has contracted with Mass Insight Education & Research, a Boston-based non-profit, to conduct school reviews of all secondary and signatures schools. The purpose of the reviews is to identify successes, challenges, and opportunities for individual campuses, as well as, for KCPS' system of secondary and signature programs. School reviews will be conducted in January 2020.

Market research – KCPS has contracted with Hanover Research to provide market research services to better understand what drives KC families' school enrollment decisions so that KCPS can assess what, if any, system-level changes, and/or communications/marketing efforts are needed. The market research will include quantitative (surveys) and qualitative data (focus groups) collection from the KC community. To take the enrollment decisions survey, please go to the link below.

As assessment reports are available, they will be posted here for review/public comment.

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Phase 2:
Goal Setting
Where Do We Want to Be?
October 2019 – April 2020

Phase 2:
Goal Setting
Where Do We Want to Be?
October 2019 – April 2020

Phase 2: Goal Setting

October 2019 – April 2020

Before we can identify where we want to be and how we are going to get there, it's necessary to conduct a thorough assessment of where KCPS and our Kansas City public education system are today. During Phase 2, KCPS will work with the community to identify goals for KCPS to achieve by 2030. Opportunities to get involved during Phase 2 will be posted in February 2020.

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Phase 3:
Scenarios
What Options Do We Have?
April 2020 – Summer 2020

Phase 3:
Scenarios
What Options Do We Have?
April 2020 – Summer 2020

Phase 3: Scenarios

April 2020 – Summer 2020

Once KCPS has completed the Assessment Phase and established goals for 2030, we will work with the community to identify a variety of alternative scenarios or strategies for how to get from where we are today to where we want to be by 2030. Opportunities to get involved during Phase 3 will be posted in Spring 2020.

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Phase 4:
Recommendations
How Do We Get There?
September/October 2020

Phase 4:
Recommendations
How Do We Get There?
September/October 2020

Phase 4: Recommendations

September/October 2020

After KCPS and the community have identified and evaluated scenarios during Phase 3, recommendations will be made to the Board of Education for review and approval.

We hope to bring recommendations to the Board of Education in Fall 2020.

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Consultants

Our consultants in this process

Hanover

Hanover built its K-12 Solutions based on more than 10 years of experience supporting over 700 school districts, regional education agencies, state departments of education, independent schools, and non-profit organizations solving critical instructional and administrative challenges. Their comprehensive solutions use a multi-methods approach including data analytics, survey research, benchmarking, best practice identification, in-depth interviews, and focus groups to help K-12 leaders in every department manage their toughest challenges.
Hanover partners with educational institutions serving pre-k, primary/elementary, high school, college, and post-graduate students, providing unparalleled insight into student needs at each stage of the educational journey. Their comprehensive suite of proven solutions is designed with educators in mind, helping you provide best-in-class education to students of all ages.

Mass Insight Education & Research

KCPS has partnered with Mass Insight Education & Research, a Boston-based non-profit, to conduct school reviews of all secondary and signature schools. The purpose of these reviews is to:

  • Surface individual school successes, challenges, and opportunities to inform continuous improvement efforts; and
  • Surface trends across secondary and signature schools to:
    • understand how secondary and signature options contribute to the overall experience and expectation of the KCPS community and help achieve KCPS 5-Year Strategic Plan goals; and
    • inform the identification of systems-level changes and school supports.

Mass Insight provides leadership in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved students to drive college and career success by focusing on system transformation and student academic success.
Mass Insight's approach builds from of their Theory of Action and includes district and school supports. They don't approach school improvement with just a single model in mind. Rather, they work with school leaders, educators, community members, parents, and students to develop an approach to school improvement that is responsive to local needs and strengths. Their field-tested approach starts with asking questions to understand context and conditions before building coherence, capacity, and network learning opportunities for their partners. They help partners establish clear goals and metrics, build internal capacity, and ensure the sustainability of improvement efforts.

Engagement Series

Provide Your Feedback

Join us! We are looking for thoughts and suggestions as we navigate our Blueprint 2030 process. These engagement series opportunities are provided for our students, families, staff and community. We welcome participation!

KCPS will be offering several platforms and venues for staff and community engagement. Our Engagement Series is designed to collaborate with and listen to local stakeholders, including our staff and community. There will be opportunities for in-person conversations through focus groups and town hall meetings. There are also opportunities for input through online surveys.

Advisory Team Opportunities:
If you would like to be involved with the Blueprint 2030 advisory team, please email Communications.

Feedback

Closing the Feedback Loop

It is important to us that we release thoughts, feedback and input from these focus group and survey results. These staff and community feedback items are starting points that we will continue to refine based on our engagement efforts and further analysis with our partners.

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Resources

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