Teach For America-Kansas City
2000 Baltimore
Suite 300
Kansas City MO 64108
Mission Statement

Our mission is to eliminate educational inequity in our city. We believe that the gap in educational outcomes that persists along economic and racial lines is our region’s greatest challenge and that we must work diligently to ensure that all children in our city have access to an excellent education. We strive to accomplish this mission by enlisting, training and supporting our nation’s most promising future leaders – a diverse, highly selective national corps of outstanding college graduates and young professionals from all academic majors, backgrounds and career pursuits – who make a lifelong commitment to ending educational inequity that begins with at least 2 years of teaching in low-income communities in Kansas City. We have seen that our corps members’ impact in the classroom, influence on their peers and families, and their ongoing community involvement as alumni produce inspiring results for children and our community.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Rosson
Board Chair Jim Heeter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Our mission is to eliminate educational inequity in our city. We believe that the gap in educational outcomes that persists along economic and racial lines is our region’s greatest challenge and that we must work diligently to ensure that all children in our city have access to an excellent education. We strive to accomplish this mission by enlisting, training and supporting our nation’s most promising future leaders – a diverse, highly selective national corps of outstanding college graduates and young professionals from all academic majors, backgrounds and career pursuits – who make a lifelong commitment to ending educational inequity that begins with at least 2 years of teaching in low-income communities in Kansas City. We have seen that our corps members’ impact in the classroom, influence on their peers and families, and their ongoing community involvement as alumni produce inspiring results for children and our community.

Background Statement Teach For America was founded by President and CEO, Wendy Kopp, in 1990, and today serves in nearly 50 cities across the United States.  Teach For America placed its first corps in Kansas City in 2008. Today, our teachers are in classrooms spanning pre-K through 12th grade across all content areas and foreign languages, and teach in nearly 50 schools across 3 are school districts, charter schools and early childhood education centers.
Impact Statement

Past Accomplishments:

  • Children in low income schools (such as those in Kansas City) show on average 0.5 years of growth for every academic year, causing a continuously widening achievement gap.  In contrast, last year on average Teach For America teachers led students to 1.12 years of academic growth. 
  • Since 2008, Teach For America -  Kansas City has brought over 600 new teachers, or corps members, to our city, serving in over 45 schools and community based organizations impacting approximately 70,000 students in Kansas City's lowest income neighborhoods.  Today, we also proudly support over 350 local alumni - including 7 school leaders. This past year our KC3+ campaign led us to retain over 70% of our corps members in teaching positions and in mission-aligned work here in Kansas City as alumni.  
  • In addition to continuing our service for elementary and secondary education, in 2013 we launched an Childhood Education (ECE) Initiative.  As part of this work, Teach For America - Kansas City is proud to partner with multiple community based organizations on both sides of the state line to place 15 high quality pre-K instructors in classrooms.  This year we held our annual Early Childhood Summit, a weekend of professional development for corps members, alumni, and open to all early childhood teachers in the city.  The summit was facilitated by Teach For America staff along with early childhood education experts. The event focused on teaching young learners through non-fiction strategies, increasing talking and reading, as well as advocacy techniques for Early Childhood Education.
  
Key 2016-2017 Academic Year Goals:  
  1. TFA-KC will recruit, select, train and support a corps of 85 transformational teachers.
  2. TFA-KC will ramp up its placements of highly-qualified pre-K teachers in ECE centers, while still placing large numbers of corps members in both traditional public district and charter schools in KCPS and Raytown Quality Schools.
  3. TFA-KC will grow the number of its alumni serving as school leaders from 7 to 9.
  4. TFA-KC will support its teachers such that at least 80% of them will lead their students to 1 year of growth.
Needs Statement

Teach For America - Kansas City's top need is financial support.  We believe that our city and our kids deserve the very best young talent available nationwide, and we have demonstrated a commitment to bringing these talented teacher leaders here to work, play and live.  While we have built a strong talent pipeline of new teacher leaders to Kansas City thus far, our ability to continue to fuel this pipeline is directly dependent upon our ability to raise the funds necessary to support our corps size each year.

Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Preschools
Civil Rights
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Wyandotte County
In the 2016-17 school year, over 7,000 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members taught in 53 regions across the country.
https://www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

From an organizational standpoint, our organization is firmly committed to successfully making the transition from a local startup to a sustainable organization, operating with the maturity and foresight needed to ensure that we can make a long-term impact in our city.  We also have a renewed sense of innovation that drives our work.  To this end, we proudly boast an outstanding, committed leadership team and staff.  Additionally, new organizational norms across the national Teach For America network now afford local regional offices significantly greater autonomy and accountability than ever before.  Armed with a full, highly-effective staff, a passionate regional Board, and strong, stable funding and education partnerships, we are better positioned than ever before to make a significant impact in our community.

Programs
Description In order to effect immediate and long term benefits for the students we serve, Teach For America executes the following key program activities: recruitment to find talented and diverse recent college graduates with strong academic backgrounds; selection of top candidates through a rigorous admissions process; teacher preparation through an intensive residential summer institute; local induction and placement of new teachers in Kansas City’s highest-need public and charter schools; provision of ongoing regional support, professional development and partnerships with universities for certification; and connection to the alumni network and to leadership opportunities after their service commitment.
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

In the short term, we serve as a critical source of talented, committed corps members (teachers) who are willing to make a lifelong commitment to end educational inequity in Kansas City, beginning with at least 2 years of teaching.

Our students’ growth in academic success is measured by internal data metrics and state standardized testing scores. Additionally, our corps members set high expectations for every student, ensuring that each student has a foundational understanding of their own capabilities and a clear path to academic success.

Long-Term Success Teach For America's ultimate goal is to close the gap in educational opportunity for scholars in low-income communities and their peers in more affluent communities. We are building a unique leadership pipeline for education and social reform, influencing the national priorities and prevailing ideology on education, and affecting fundamental, lasting change by addressing the root causes of the problem and implementing systemic solutions.
Program Success Monitored By The average growth measure for a student in a traditional low-income urban classroom is 0.5 years of growth, which leads to a pervasive achievement gap.

We use internal data metrics to measure our students' growth. We also look to state standardized testing scores to measure our students’ growth as well.  Last year, TFA-KC teachers led students to an average of 1.12 years of growth.

Teach For America's student growth goals for the 2016-17 academic year:
  • 80% of our corps members will advance their students to at least 1 year of growth, and at least 50% of our teachers will lead their students to 1 year of growth.
Examples of Program Success
Ryne Posey, KC Corps Member writes: Our scholars inspire me. I see what they overcome to arrive at school each day ready to learn. Too often, we make excuses for why our urban scholars are not achieving on rigorous academic levels, reasons that are beyond their control. These excuses must stop.
 
I teach Terrence, a 7th grader, who I taught last year in 6th grade. Unfortunately, he’s been through a lot the past year, overcoming more adversity that I have ever faced. But even with all the distractions he encounters each day, Terrance recognizes the value of his education and what that means for his future. I tested him on our NWEA standardized system and he scored on a 10th grade level. He has made over 3 years of growth with me (and it's only December!) and still, this past Saturday, he walked 2.5 miles to attend tutoring. He owns his achievement in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. We must provide every scholar, like Terrance, the educational opportunities they deserve.
CEO Comments

Teach For America is proud to note that currently over 25% of its corps members teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.  Additionally, we are proud to we have 11 placements in ECE (early childhood education), while still maintaining a strong presence in elementary and high school locations.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Chris Rosson
Term Start Aug 2015
Experience A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Rosson grew up in a single-parent, low-income home in a high crime rate neighborhood. A first generation college student, he graduated summa cum laude from both William Jewell College (BA in Economics & Business Administration) and Johns Hopkins University (MA in International Economics & International Relations), completed honors tutorials at Oxford University, and was named one of the top 20 college students in the nation as a member of USA Today’s All-Academic First Team (2006). Prior to joining TFA staff, Chris held numerous professional roles in the public and private sectors. Today, he proudly utilizes his diverse background and experiences to advocate on behalf of kids from his hometown.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Managing Director, Development
Experience/Biography  

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris grew up in a single-parent, low-income home in the Northeast neighborhood. A first generation college student, he graduated summa cum laude from both William Jewell College (BA in Economics and Business Administration) and Johns Hopkins University (MA in International Economics and International Relations), completed honors tutorials at Oxford University, and was named 1 of the top 20 college students in the nation as a member of USA Today’s All-Academic First Team (2006). A former Board Member at KIPP Endeavor Academy, Policy Advisor to the Governor of Missouri, and Program Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank, Chris is excited to utilize his public and private sector experience to serve kids from his hometown with similar backgrounds to his own. 

Title Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development
Experience/Biography  

Julie has been a proud member of the TFA KC family since 2010. Growing up in a farming community in rural Kansas, Julie realized early the value of hard work and perseverance. She also knew early on that she wanted to be a teacher, and, after many hours of playing school with her younger sister, Julie received a full scholarship to attend Bemidji State University where she majored in Early Childhood Education and Political Science and led the student government for 2 years. Upon graduation Julie worked as an advocate for early childhood education with Ready 4 K in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining TFA as a corps member in 2006, where she taught special education in the South Bronx. Following her corps commitment and the completion of her Masters in Teaching from Pace University, Julie worked as a special education coordinator at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary, where she piloted a special education model that is widely used within the network today. Julie is thrilled to be making a home in KC, along with her husband, son, and two dogs. Working alongside her team and devoted community partners, Julie knows we can make high-quality public education a reality. She believes all children in Kansas City should be given opportunities to reach their fullest potential and to one day become the leaders of our great city.

Title Chief of Staff
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 15
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 20
Paid Contractors 0
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Heeter
Company Affiliation Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Term June 2014 to May 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dan Fromm Barkley US
Richard C. Green Corridor Energy
Carol Hallquist Hallmark Foundation
Hayley Hanson Husch Blackwell
Jim Heeter Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
David Oliver
John Sherman Inergy, LCC
Becky Tilden Applebee’s Inc.
Marjorie Williams Hickman Mills School District (Retired)
Tom Wright
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO Comments
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start June 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End May 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $3,859,960
Projected Expenses $3,870,720
Form 990s
2016 TFA 990
2015 TFA 990
2014 TFA 990
2013 TFA 990
2012 TFA 990
2011 TFA 990
2010 TFA 990
2009 TFA 990
2008 TFA 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 5/31/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the national organization's IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 5/31/2013: Financial data reported using the audited financial statements for the national Teach for America organization.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$169,811,597$137,782,816$149,697,616
Government Contributions$69,756,254$73,511,737$43,165,773
Federal$0--$0
State$0--$0
Local$0--$0
Unspecified$69,756,254$73,511,737$43,165,773
Individual Contributions$0--$0
$284,434$351,785$0
$32,237,256$33,707,942$83,750
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,697,648$2,884,603$13,610,927
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$12,350,046$12,241,643$1,202,289
Revenue In-Kind$11,066,853$70,461,120$287,277
Other$235,717$161,843$2,389,798
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$290,998,328$290,205,016$143,928,726
Administration Expense$48,701,659$33,426,182$26,295,745
Fundraising Expense$35,842,721$33,756,381$20,848,321
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.800.931.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%81%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%15%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$444,449,299$493,569,971$470,452,090
Current Assets$168,994,977$211,473,446$429,909,668
Long-Term Liabilities$8,186,264$3,872,758$0
Current Liabilities$59,518,458$51,866,337$31,938,794
Total Net Assets$376,744,577$437,830,876$438,513,296
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.844.0813.46
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%1%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $21,480,000State of Missouri $1,450,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $18,870,564Hall Family Foundation $750,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $10,000,000Walton Family Foundation $742,500 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Teach For America-Kansas City
Address 2000 Baltimore
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 753-0774
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Rosson
Board Chair Jim Heeter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Year of Incorporation 2008