Embrace: Programs and Operating/Capacity Building
College and Career Readiness. In order to prepare students for success in a global society the District has implemented the Diploma+ program, so graduates will exit high school prepared for college and careers.
Early Childhood. In the beginning stages of a child up to third grade, early childhood learning is important to their growth and educational success. Programs such as Head Start play a vital role to promoting school readiness for young children.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs include such events as Math Relays. These problem-solving events build an understanding of math in the real world. addition, the Kansas Enrichment Network provides students with materials and information about area colleges to link students to businesses and post-secondary degrees that have a math component or focus. For some students, this is their first exposure to college.
Teacher Development and the Fellows Program both help the District attract and retain the best teachers. The Foundation supports new and expanded programs such as Diverse Residency Week (minority students from U.S. colleges attending a five-day teaching seminar in Kansas City in the spring); K-STEP UP (a teaching career pathway program starting with high school students), and the Fellows Program (two-year program for non-education professionals who would like to change careers and teach in the classroom).