Gordon Parks Elementary School
3715 Wyoming
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-6700
Fax 816- 753-3436
Mission Statement
Acting on its conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kirsten Lipari Braman
Board Chair Ms. Moira Mulhern
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are several ways to support students at Gordon Parks Elementary School:

  • Financial support is accepted online at www.gordonparks.org, or by sending a check to our mailing address. 
  • In-kind donations such as khaki pants, shoes, socks, underwear, hats, gloves, mittens are welcome throughout the year. 
  • To include Gordon Parks in your estate planning, please contact us at (816) 753-6700
  • For more information about joining the Gordon Parks family of donors, please contact us at (816) 753-6700.  
  • Community members and teams support our school by devoting their time to students. Our volunteers work with students on a weekly basis assisting in classrooms and tutoring students. Alternatively, mentors make a commitment to become a nurturing presence in the life of a student and focusing on character development and building a curiosity for learning. If you are interested in mentor and/or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kirsten Lipari-Braman at 816-753-6700 or kliparibraman@gpes.org.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Acting on its conviction that every child has promise, Gordon Parks provides urban-core children, including those who are at-risk, an individualized education that is balanced to develop character, intellect, creativity and physical well-being.
Background Statement
Founded in 1999 by Dorothy Curry and Sue Jarvis, Gordon Parks Elementary School (GPES) was named in honor of Gordon Parks, the groundbreaking African-American photographer who proudly endorsed the school’s mission of educating urban core children to reach their full potential. Sponsored by the University of Central Missouri, GPES opened in 2000 with fifty-three children in kindergarten and first grade. Adding a grade each year, by 2005 the school welcomed kindergarten through fifth grade students.
 
GPES provides a nurturing educational environment that addresses the holistic needs of children in the urban core.  We have implemented a Responsive Classroom approach school-wide, pacing two full-time teachers in each classroom to create a student to teacher ratio of 10:1, and we provide a full-time CARE Team to meet the needs our the whole child.
Impact Statement
The primary challenge this past year at Gordon Parks, as in past years, has been keeping children in their classrooms rather than removed due to inappropriate or dangerous behavior. In response, we employ five full-time staff members as a CARE Team – one licensed mental health therapist, two behavioral coaches, one family advocate, and a Dean of Students (new in the fall of 2019). The CARE Team works daily to meet students’ unique needs, keeping them in the classroom and learning.
 
In a major accomplishment this year, the CARE Team created a resilience measurement system for teachers to quickly identify students most in need of school-based individualized support. The first iteration of the measurement system was implemented this past year and designed to be completed quarterly by teachers, allowing them to assess students’ functionality in four areas (selected based on their relation to classroom success):
 
• Following Directions
• Impulse Control
• Resilience, and
• Empathy.
 
In its first year, the CARE Team created quarterly resilience maps based on teacher assessment which were then shared with all staff. This past year students fell into the following categories. We were pleased to see positive movement throughout the year.
 
Quarter 1
At or Above Resilience Target: 43%
On Watch: 17%
Intervention Needed: 28%
Urgent Intervention Needed: 12%
 
Quarter 2
At or Above Resilience Target: 61.4%
On Watch: 12.4%
Intervention Needed: 20.3%
Urgent Intervention Needed: 5.9%
 
Quarter 3
At or Above Resilience Target: 57.5%
On Watch: 17%
Intervention Needed: 20%
Urgent Intervention Needed: 5.5%
 
Quarter 4
At or Above Resilience Target: 60%
On Watch: 20%
Intervention Needed: 13%
Urgent Intervention Needed: 7%
Needs Statement
Most pressing needs at Gordon Parks include:
  • Operational support to provide two full-time certified teachers in each classroom.
  • Professional development support for our faculty and staff.
  • Funding for our CARE Team to provide a trauma-informed care approach to help students socially and emotionally.
  • Volunteers as mentors.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative Any child, Kindergarten through grade 4, living within the boundaries of Kansas City Public Schools (MO) is eligible to attend Gordon Parks Elementary School.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Programs
Description
Each child at Gordon Parks experiences the following:
  • Two teachers per classroom who deliver personal academic attention for every student.
  • Trauma Informed Care that identifies and addresses behaviors caused by traumatic experiences.
  • Transportation to and from school.
  • Wrap-around services, such as counseling and therapy, provided on a triage basis.
  • A full-time registered nurse to help keep our children healthy.
  • Uniforms, school supplies, books and learning materials.
  • Healthy meals and snacks, and also grocery cards and emergency assistance for families.
  • Basic clothing necessities as needed, such as shoes, socks, underwear, and warm coats.
Program Budget $1,800,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The short-term success of Gordon Parks Elementary School is based upon attendance, student achievement and behavior, and teacher-focused, job-embedded professional development.
 
  • Attendance success measures student daily attendance against the 90/90 benchmark (90% of students are in school 90% of the time).
  • Student Achievement measures growth in the areas of literacy, reading, and math.
  • The success of professional development is measured by teacher evaluations and student achievement data.
Long-Term Success
Our long-term success is based upon student achievement and the ability of GPES graduates to remain Advanced/Proficient on MAP tests in middle and high school, and ultimately to create high school and college graduates.
Program Success Monitored By
Our full time Curriculum Coordinator and Teaching Methods Coach provide job-embedded professional development for all instructional staff on data teams, best practices, and curriculum writing and implementation. The model they use is consistent across grade levels and subjects. It contains the following key elements:
 
Continuous Improvement Process: Pre-test > Learning Strategies  > Measured Progress through Summative Assessments > Data Team Diagnostics > Refined Learning Strategies.
Examples of Program Success
96% of Gordon Parks youngsters (who are ages 4-11) have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life. 74% have experienced three. Our children face significant poverty-related issues including broken families, food and housing insecurity, parental job loss, substance abuse, crime, violence, and limited access to healthcare. 100% of our children live in poverty. They reside in 14 different zip codes, many traveling by bus from as far away as Arrowhead Stadium.
 
Even with these significant challenges, 100% of our students who apply are accepted at the Kauffman School and the Girls Preperatory Academy.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Kirsten Lipari Braman
Term Start Aug 2019
Experience
Kirsten Lipari-Braman is the Chief Operating Officer of Gordon Parks Elementary School. She received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Avila University and Masters of Education in Reading from Northwest Missouri State University.  Prior to joining Gordon Parks in a full-time capacity in 2016, she served as Financial Supervisor and Federal Grants Administrator with EdOps (contracting with Gordon Parks), and as Director of Federal Programs for Kansas City Public Schools (MO).
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Dr. Lynne BeachnerAug 2004 - June 2009
Steve Fleming-
Senior Staff
Title Principal
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 36
Paid Contractors 4
Volunteers 47
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Caucasian 29
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 30
Male 6
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Big Smiles, Cerner Healthy Kids, Youth Ambassadors, Kansas City Young Matrons, The Pembroke Hill School, Belinder Elementary School, St. Aiden's Church, First Tees, Girls on the Run, St. Andrew's Church, Rockhurst High School, St. Teresa's Academy, Lockton, U.S. Engineering, Mariner Retirement Advisors, CBRE, MOCSA, Synergy Services, Trauma Smart, Kauffman Schools, Operation Breakthrough, Harvesters, Amethyst Place, Rose Brooks  


pasting
Big Smiles, Cerner Healthy Kids, Youth Ambassadors, Kansas City Young Matrons, The Pembroke Hill School, Belinder Elementary School, St. Aiden's Church, First Tees, Girls on the Run, St. Andrew's Church, Rockhurst High School, St. Teresa's Academy, Lockton, U.S. Engineering, Mariner Retirement Advisors, CBRE, MOCSA, Synergy Services, Trauma Smart, Kauffman Schools, Operation Breakthrough, Harvesters, Amethyst Place, Rose Brooks  
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Central Missouri State University (CMSU) Annual Charter School Review2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Moira Mulhern
Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
Term July 2019 to July 2021
Email mmulhern2@kumc.edu
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Travis BrownCommunity Leader
Ms. Dominga LevinPenn Valley Community College
Ms. Janette Lockridge
Mr. Chip MansonWestern Roofing
Ms. Moira MulhernUniversity of Kansas Medical Center
Ms. Karen O'NeillCommunity Leader
Ms. Keli O'Neill WenzelO'Neill Marketing and Event Management
Mr. Brett PostenDimensional Innovations
Ms. Carol TaylorA Clean Slate, LLC
Mrs. Margo TurnerShawnee Mission School District
Dr. John VandewalleLumen Touch
Mr. Herman WatsonBrands that Speak
Mr. Bill WhiteCommunity Leader
Dr. Kent Yocum
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Building
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Doug CurryCorporate Consultant
Mr. Frank YoungInsurance Consultant
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $3,815,073
Projected Expenses $3,821,102
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,695,629$2,716,326$2,493,004
Administration Expense$598,526$632,892$628,076
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,543,270$1,546,854$1,585,367
Current Assets$648,079$596,874$579,893
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$175,000$175,000$200,000
Total Net Assets$1,368,270$1,371,854$1,385,367
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.703.412.90
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Gordon Parks Summer Newsletter2018View
Gordon Parks Enrollment Flyer2017View
Gordon Parks Report Card2016View
Organization Name Gordon Parks Elementary School
Address 3715 Wyoming
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 753-6700
Contact Email kliparibraman@gpes.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kirsten Lipari Braman
Board Chair Ms. Moira Mulhern
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Kansas Medical Center
Year of Incorporation 1999