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How it Works

Kansas City PLUS is a two-year, practice-based principal certification residency and master’s program that helps talented educators become capable school leaders. With support from a leadership coach and experience managing teachers in a local school, our residents learn how to create a school culture in which students are challenged and inspired, and where teachers receive the feedback and support they need to grow.

Here’s how it works:

1. Apply.

Complete the application process and get accepted into the program. We’re looking for educators with at least three years in the classroom and some experience leading adults as teacher leaders, instructional coaches, or department chairs. Educators from partner schools as well as other schools and districts are welcome to apply.

2. Secure your school placement. 

Secure a leadership position at one of our partner schools, where you’ll develop your leadership skills in a real school setting. We believe leaders do their best work at schools that match their skills and interests, so you’ll be responsible for finding a placement, but we will give you ample support along the way and connect you with schools that may be a good fit.  

3. Attend summer institute. 

Complete an intensive summer institute alongside other PLUS residents, where you’ll learn and practice foundational leadership skills, such as delivering effective teacher feedback, establishing a vision for academic excellence, and translating that vision into real results for students. 

4. Complete master’s coursework and a two-year residency in a local school. 

Spend two years developing teachers in a local school, with support from a seasoned leadership coach. In addition to hands-on practice in a real Kansas City school, you’ll work toward a master's in educational administration.

5. Earn certification and a master's degree. 

Successfully complete the residency by demonstrating success with your teachers and students and pass required exams to earn your principal certification and a master's degree at the end of your second year.

We're looking for the next 25 transformational school leaders in Kansas City.

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"As a PLUS leader you are constantly working and reflecting to build yourself as leader in order to better lead your staff. PLUS leaders are data driven with a growth mindset. They lead by example."

Jaqueline Tanner, 2017-18 Kansas City PLUS Resident