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Contact Dr. Gus Jacob If You Have Questions about Kansas City PLUS jacoba@umkc.edu

Kansas City PLUS is a two-year, practice-based principal certification residency and master’s or Ed.S. degree 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.

Steps in Our Program:

1. Apply
Complete the application process and get accepted into the program and into a master’s degree or Ed.S. 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 will 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 or Ed.S. Coursework and a Two-Year Residency at 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 will work toward a master’s or Ed.S. in educational administration.

5. Successfully Complete Your Residency and Earn Your Certification and Master’s or Ed.S. Degree
Demonstrate success with your teachers and students and pass required exams to earn your principal certification and a master’s or Ed.D. degree at the end of your second year. Kansas City PLUS residents graduate with the skills and resources to jumpstart a successful career leading a Kansas City school—and join a supportive network of like-minded leaders from across the city.

Kansas City PLUS residents graduate with the skills and resources to jumpstart a successful career leading a Kansas City school—and join a supportive network of like-minded leaders from across the city. As a Kansas City PLUS resident, you’ll receive:

1. Hands-on Practice
During the school year, get real experience helping a team of teachers improve their instruction, with support from a leadership coach. Our residents receive a full salary and benefits from the schools where they work.

2. Personalized Coaching and Training
In bi-weekly coaching visits, your leadership coach will help you work toward personal leadership goals and build a deep understanding of your school and the surrounding community. We will also work with you to tailor a coaching and development plan—including monthly professional development sessions—that fits your leadership experience and the context of the school where you work.

3. Support from a Mentor Principal
We partner with Kansas City schools who are committed to providing their residents with the best possible training and support. As part of this commitment, mentor principals in our schools will receive training on how to best support your development as a leader, and more broadly, foster a strong culture of leadership development.

4. Principal Certification and a Master’s Degree or Ed.S. Degree
Demonstrate success with your teachers and students, complete coursework, and pass required exams to earn principal certification and a Master of Arts or Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration at the end of your second year.

5. A Community of Leaders
Tap into a diverse network of fellow PLUS residents who will challenge you to grow and support you along the way.