SchoolSmartKC believes in the future of our schools.
We focus our energy and financial support to develop, expand, and fortify schools and programs that demonstrate tangible improvement within the Kansas City Public School district boundaries.
Our investments focus on where we can most reduce obstacles for kids, and since 2017 our investments have directly impacted over 7,500 students through grants helping their schools. We are also proud to have supported all our schools through the challenges of Covid, where students received close to 3,500 emergency devices and internet hotspots through SSKC support the early stages of the pandemic.
Navigating systems of inequalities has been the focus of Dr. Trinity Davis for 24 years. She was a teacher, coach, Associate Professor, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum before founding Teachers Like Me in 2020. Teachers Like Me is an organization dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining Black teachers in Kansas City.
Profiles in Leadership: Dr. Cokethea Hill
Cokethea Hill is an innovative collaborator with over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector organizing communities, building collaborative partnerships, and strengthening assets in low- income urban communities. Known for her strategic approach, Cokethea has a keen ability for building relationships and mobilizing others towards an identified goal.
Profiles in Leadership: Kim Riley
Kim Riley is the CEO and founder of The Transition Academy, a Kansas City based non-profit that provides college and career planning resources and support to special education students and their families. In March, 2020 Kim launched ‘Tuesday Talks’, a virtual forum and “safe space” for parents and educators to gather on a weekly basis to discuss obstacles and share solutions related to young adults with special needs.
Profiles in Leadership: Charles King
As SchoolSmartKC works to celebrate strong educators across our education ecosystem, and foster the next generation of educators, we are delighted to highlight the work of Charles King, President and Executive Director of the KC Teacher Residency.
KC Family and Community Engagement
SchoolSmartKC has partnered with local educators, non-profits, and faith based leaders to launch a new Kansas City Family and Community Engagement ( KC-FCE) Fellowship.
Show Me KC Schools
SchoolSmartKC announced a three-year grant for $750,000 to Show Me KC Schools (SMKCS) to help parents and families become better informed about local schools and find the best schooling option for their child.