Citizens of the World Charter Schools - Kansas City
3435 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City MO 64111
Diversity, Understanding, Connection
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 499-8000
Mission Statement

The mission of Citizens of the World Kansas City is to provide a high-quality public school education while building connections within a diverse community. CWCKC empowers children to think critically and learn to engage respectfully and productively with fellow students by developing their capacity to enter into and understand the lives of others. CWCKC’s commitment to diversity does not stop with enrolling a diverse student body; it is woven throughout the educational model, from instruction to parent engagement. Its approach to learning is designed to ensure that students have opportunities to interact with diverse peers and with a diverse curriculum.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jon Hile
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Board Chair Company Affiliation PayIt
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations are welcome and accepted in many forms.  Checks can be sent to our regional office address.  Credit cards are accepted on our website.  In-kind and volunteer opportunities can be discussed by contacting our Director of Operations, Ryan Brennan at 816-872-2944.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of Citizens of the World Kansas City is to provide a high-quality public school education while building connections within a diverse community. CWCKC empowers children to think critically and learn to engage respectfully and productively with fellow students by developing their capacity to enter into and understand the lives of others. CWCKC’s commitment to diversity does not stop with enrolling a diverse student body; it is woven throughout the educational model, from instruction to parent engagement. Its approach to learning is designed to ensure that students have opportunities to interact with diverse peers and with a diverse curriculum.

Background Statement

Citizens of the World Charter School Kansas City began its fourth year serving the diverse families and children of Midtown Kansas City fall 2019. It is a tuition-free school open to all, committed to serving diverse communities throughout the U.S. with schools currently in Los Angeles and Kansas City.

The CWCKC community has grown from a grassroots effort led by the Midtown Community School Initiative to the opening of a high-performing, neighborhood school that provides options for the growing number of families who want to stay and raise their children in Midtown. In 2018-19, over 300 students enrolled across K- 3rd grade. In 2019-20 CWCKC will accelerate the start of a new middle school to prepare for its eventual K-8 program which will serve 700 students.

CWCKC believes that the diversity in the community and world at large is a great strength. The mission of our school is a powerful one: to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community. Children are empowered to think critically and learn to engage respectfully and productively with fellow students by developing their capacity to enter into and understand the lives of others. CWCKC’s commitment to diversity does not stop with enrolling a diverse student body; it is woven throughout the educational model, from instruction to parent engagement. Its approach is designed to ensure that students have opportunities to interact with diverse peers in project based, personalized learning.

Impact Statement

In support of its mission, CWC Kansas City employs the instructional approaches and practices that draw on core philosophical foundations. These approaches and practices do not stand alone, but rather influence each other, and teachers incorporate multiple strategies in planning, delivering and adjusting instruction. Ultimately, the goal is for student “success” to include mastery of both content and emotions, so that students can meaningfully connect with each other, be part of any community, and courageously decide who they are in the world and how they want the world to be.

Needs Statement

Unique children and learners come together at CWCKC to grow in a dynamic and enriching environment. About 52% of students qualify for the National School Lunch Program; 14% are English Language Learners; and 12% are on an IEP. The school is equally dedicated to developing the social and emotional competencies of children so that they are able to move forward in our complex social world successfully navigating challenges to build strong and lasting relationships that are equitable and accepting of differences.

Service Categories
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
Geographic Area Served Narrative CWCKC primarily serves children in Midtown Kansas City Missouri in Jackson County.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Following years of effort and commitment from the parents of Midtown Kansas City, we opened the doors of Citizens of the World Kansas City in August 2016 to share a new model of education with the community. We are committed to fulfilling our mission of providing an exceptional public education to a diverse community while building understanding through personal connections. We are committed to maintaining the socioeconomic, racial, and cultural diversity that we achieved in our opening year as we grow our school from K-1st to a full K-12th grade program. Attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and providing them the professional growth experiences and resources that support teaching to our unique educational approach is a top priority. 
 
It is our goal to strengthen our services and in doing so ensure the academic achievement of all our students:
  1. Address our ongoing facilities needs and growth plan.
  2. Offer stronger and more comprehensive before- and after-school care to all students – and at no cost to families who qualify.
  3. Focus attention on our reading and mathematics curriculum and instruction to provide both support for those students who are struggling and breadth and expansion for those who are ready for greater challenge.

Under the direction of our Board of Directors, support from our national network partners, and with the leadership on campus of our Principal and administrative team, we will continue building relationships with our community of families and the many partners within Kansas City. We look forward to seeing our school grow and serve the diverse community of children and families who have chosen to be part of Citizens of the World Kansas City!
Programs
Description
Citizens of the World Kansas City bases its curriculum and instructional approach on the theory of constructivism, recognizing that each child is a unique learner who must create their own understanding in order for true learning to occur.  Staff recognizes that learning is an inherently social experience and that children must learn with and from each other in a social setting.  To achieve these goals, CWCKC employs the following instructional approaches:
  • Teaching for Understanding 
  • Project-Based Learning  
  • Data-Informed Instruction 
  • Differentiated/Personalized Learning 
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility 
  • Balanced Literacy/Workshop  
  • Cognitively Guided Instruction 
  • Service Learning 
The school is equally dedicated to developing the social and emotional competencies of children so that they are able to move forward in a complex social word successfully navigating challenges and building strong and lasting relationships that are equitable and accepting of difference.
Program Budget $3,000,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
During the first academic year, CWCKC achieved the following short-term successes:
 
1) CWCKC enrolled 125 students in grades K-1st, matching the diverse demographics of the Midtown KC area with approximately 60% of our students qualifying for the National School Lunch Program, and with a racial/cultural mix of 50% African American, 35% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic/Latino, and 5% Mixed-Race students.
2) CWCKC engaged parents in extensive participation and volunteerism through numerous activities including our Family Council, Field Trips, Book Fair, Back-To-School Night, Block Party Family Festival, and our highly successful Student-led Conferences which enjoyed 91% participation by our families.
3) Mid-year assessments in Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessments showed over 90% of our student demonstrating growth at a rate equal to our greater than expected for their grade level.
Long-Term Success
CWC Kansas City expects that by the end of the first charter term in 2021, it will be one of the highest-performing public charter schools in Kansas City. 
  • Acad. Goal 1: Students will demonstrate understanding of the MO Learning Standards. At least 70% of students who have completed 3 years at CWCKC will score Proficient or Advanced on the MAP Math and Communication Arts assessments.
  • Acad. Goal 2: By its 5th year of operation, CWCKC will earn an MPI equivalent to the DESE Academic Achievement Status Target of 375 in Math and Communication Arts.
  • Acad. Goal 3: At least 70% of students who have completed 3 years at CWCKC will read at or above grade level or make more than one year of academic growth each year as measured by Fountas and Pinnell’s Assessment System.
  • Attendance Goal: At least 90% of the students will attend at least 90% of the time.
  • Parent Engagement: CWCKC will achieve a parent engagement rate of 80% as indicated by parent surveys.
Program Success Monitored By
CWC Kansas City aims to meaningfully integrate standards across the curriculum, and implement multiple and varied measures of assessment in order to ensure that school leaders have a holistic picture of academic proficiency and progress.
 
Assessment serves a dual purpose:
  1. Academic performance for individual students, cohorts and the school as a whole.
  2. Quality of instruction and the academic program to improve future learning.
The data collected from assessment assists the school in analyzing progress so that modifications can be made to refine the teaching/learning cycle to better meet student needs.
Examples of Program Success
 1) Established partnerships to support instructional programs include the Nelson Atkins "Thinking Through Art" program; the KC Public Library/Westport Branch Read Aloud Program; Junior Achievement; the KCPD Read Aloud program bringing uniformed officers into the school to read aloud and build relationships with students; and MO Department of Conservation Anita Gorman Discovery Center programs. 
2) Family Support Services developed and delivered including our Family Uniform Closet; BackSnacks through a partnership with Harvesters; Free unlimited dental care for students through the Lowery Dental Program at UMKC's School of Dentistry; and health care insurance assistance through KC Care Clinic.

3.  As of the first trimester of the 2018-2019 school year, CWCKC student achievement data indicates the following strong student achievement and growth based on two internal assessments: The NWEA Reading and Math assessment and the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Reading Assessment. CWCKC will participate in the MO MAP test in spring of 2019, as the first year that the school enrolled third grade students.

Of current 2nd and 3rd graders:

56% scored on or above the national average in Reading

67% scored on or above the national average in Math

Description
ACE (or After Class Enrichment) is CWC Kansas City's before and after-school care program. It offers basic care for any student who remains on campus beyond class hours including meals, homework help, supervised free play, and learning activities. Further, various clubs are offered each trimester. Students who qualify for the NSLP receive ACE basic care and at least one club per trimester for free.
 
Students who arrive early in the morning can receive free breakfast between 7:00-7:45 am; students staying after school can receive a healthy snack and supportive care until as late as 6:00 pm.
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
During the first year, the ACE program provided care to students both before and after school hours. Approximately 30%  of CWCKC students received breakfast in the mornings which are free for those who qualified and at a cost of only $2.50 to those who paid. CWCKC routinely cared for about 75 students for 1-3 hours after the school day. ACE was offered free of charge to families who qualified and was billed at a rate of $4 per hour to paying families.
 
Each trimester, 8-10 clubs were offered for 10-week sessions. The cost ranged from $30-$100 dollars and every qualifying family was offered at least one club free of charge each trimester. Children participated in Computer Coding, 3D Art, Gardening, Ukulele, Drama, French/German, and Yoga. Through a partnership with the Aguirre Community Center, students took Swimming, Basketball, and Cooking.
Long-Term Success Students benefit when the after school care is consistent in philosophy and tone with the school day. The number of teachers in ACE program will be added and provided training in trauma-sensitive care, social-emotional learning, and grade-level activities. Teaching Associates will provide ‘transitional care’ immediately following the school day to ensure that students are eased into the latter part of their day and allowed time to adjust. Finally, CWCKC will continue the "clubs" that provide enriched opportunities to our students.
Program Success Monitored By The success of the ACE program is monitored by safety, participation, and parent satisfaction.  In the first year, success was so great that additional support was added to ensure that students are supervised in small groups by teachers who are skilled and supported in the delivery of our ACE curriculum.  Participation exceeded our expectations, indicating great interest and need but requiring higher numbers of staff members and greater support for the development and implementation of curriculum and increased ongoing support for the staff.
Examples of Program Success
Parents have routinely expressed that ACE and the exceptional choices of clubs are benefits to their child. Clubs have routinely filled to capacity and CWCKC has been able to provide at least one free class to every family who requests it.
 
Parent volunteers have enhanced our program by extending their volunteerism to offer yoga, marital arts, cooking, and other activities to our students during ACE.
 
Community partnerships focused on ACE have been offered, and the school looks forward to implementing them in the form of tutoring, additional club options, and reading support for students during the after school hours.
Description

“Math is the language of logic,” explains Dr. Jie-Qi (Jackie) Chen, professor of Child Development at the Erikson Institute and co-author of Big ideas of early mathematics: What teachers of young children need to know. “Math builds reasoning, which leads to comprehension, developing a mentally organized way of thinking is critical. We need to provide high-quality math education at an early age.

The middle school Mathematics Lab is a learning space that operates on multiple levels.

Students will demonstrate growth and achievement in mathematical concepts, skills, standards and applications and appreciate the role of mathematics across a broad range of life activities, daily practices, college and career options.

Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Citizens of the World Kansas City opened at a time when less than half of the students of the state of Missouri are achieving on or above grade level in mathematics. Despite this, CWCKC has seen positive results to date indicating that 70% of returning 2nd grade students who completed first grade mathematics in the program, were on or above grade level and that percentage held solid across all groupings when examined for income level or ethnicity.
Long-Term Success

Students will demonstrate growth and achievement in mathematical concepts, skills, standards and applications and appreciate the role of mathematics across a broad range of life activities, daily practices, college and career options.

Grow and fill in knowledge gaps to achieve grade level proficiency/mastery;

Expand beyond grade level moving at their individual pace;

Challenge themselves while drawing on support as needed from adults, peers, and a wealth of resources.

Program Success Monitored By

Staff will measure success through the use of mathematics attitudes for students, parents, and teachers at the beginning and end of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to track and follow the maintenance and/or improvement of attitudes toward math activities, math careers, and individual math ability.

Further, staff believes that several of CWCKC Graduate Dispositions, the goals staff holds for CWCKC graduates in addition to academic achievement, depend significantly on positive attitudes about mathematics. Staff is currently engaged in a collaborative project to create and implement the use of assessment rubrics around these dispositions to further examine the effectiveness of applied mathematics lab and curriculum.

Examples of Program Success
  • Based on the 6th grade baseline score achieved in 2019-2020, CWCKC will increase the percentage of students scoring proficient of advanced on the MO MAP math test by 5 percentage points annually and/or until the state average is exceeded.
  • Short team outcome is to see each incoming 6th grader engaged in a personalized leveled mathematics program that moves their achievement forward by 1-1.5 grade levels per year until they achieve proficient or advanced on the MO MAP math test.
  • Reducing the achievement gap in mathematics across all groupings of students to within 10% or less.
Description
As a school focused on raising the next generation of active, engaged citizens, there is no greater skill required to be a meaningfully engaged citizen that literacy. The ability to read and write is fundamental to full participation in American society. Those who are low in literacy are paid less, are more often out of work, are less likely to vote, are less informed about civic affairs, are less able to meet the health-care needs of their families, and are more likely to have trouble with the law or to become ensnared in other socially harmful activities. Literacy is implicated in virtually every sphere of our daily lives, no matter how mundane or profound— from following a prescription to taking part in a religious service, from sending an email to buying something over the Internet, from reading a sign for directions to reading a book to one’s children.
 
CWCKC is developing a multi-tiered reading program for grades K-4 to reach readers at all levels.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success
Tier 1 - Core classroom and reading group instruction.
• Transform library into a Reading/Learning Lab for professional development and strengthening instructional strategies.
• Infusion of reading and independent work materials available to all reading teachers.
• Centralized professional development library to support Fountas and Pinnell reading instruction, mini-lessons, guided reading.
 
Tier 2 – Small group instruction in reading and ELA.
• Continuation of partnership with The Literacy Lab.
• Training in Verbal Behavior Intensive Teaching for Reading Teachers and Special Education team.
• Three additional F&P Leveled Literacy Intervention kits.
 
Tier 3 - Targeted intensive instructional interventions in reading and ELA.
• Assistive Technology for students with Downs Syndrome, Autism, and other learning issues with literacy and verbal language.
• Training and release time for Reading Specialists to provide specific one-on-one reading intervention to high need students.
Long-Term Success
More than one-third of America’s fourth graders read at levels so low they cannot complete their schoolwork successfully. Reading achievement is particularly low for Latino and African American fourth graders (56 percent and 60 percent, respectively) of whom read at those below-basic levels that do not even provide sufficient support to allow the completion of schoolwork. National literacy assessments reveal that levels of literacy attainment are not much better for eighth or 12th graders or even adults, which is not surprising, given that beginning literacy is highly predictive of later literacy attainment. CWCKC's reading program is focused on these long term success goals:
 
Increase in student growth and achievement as documented in Fountas and Pinnell trimester leveled reading assessment and NWEA trimester reading assessment.
 
Increased consistency among teachers in reading and ELA instruction as measured by faculty Growth and Performance Evaluation process.
 
Increased expertise with the implementation of reading and ELA curriculum as measured by feedback from mentors and a reading teacher survey.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is monitored by reading assessment and teacher feedback.
 
The Reading Specialist will utilize data from CWCKC's partnership with The Literacy Lab to determine the impact of that program on student F&P scores.
Examples of Program Success
As of the first trimester of the 2018-2019 school year, CWCKC student achievement data indicates the following strong student achievement and growth based on the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Reading Assessment.
 
From NWEA testing, students indicated strong academic achievement indicators.
Of current 2nd and 3rd graders:
56% scored on or above the national average in Reading
 
CWCKC 2nd graders’ achievement levels indicate the 48th percentile nationally in Reading.
 
3rd graders’ achievement levels indicate the 71st percentile nationally in Reading.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jon Hile
Term Start Aug 2019
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 36
Paid Part-Time Staff 18
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 83%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 21
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 5
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2
Other (Please Specify) Mixed Race
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 45
Male 9
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

Partnership is the solid foundation upon which CWCKC is building in order to meet its mission and achieve educational goals.

Investors:

SchoolSmartKC

Hall Family Foundation

Sherman Family Foundation

Durwood Foundation

Program:

LiteracyKC

The Reading Lab

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art/"Thinking Through Art" Program

Kansas City Community Gardens

Kansas City Public Library - Westport Branch Read Aloud Program

Junior Achievement

KCPD Read Aloud Program

MO Department of Conservation/Anita Gorman Discovery Center

Family Support Services/Family Uniform Closet

Health and Wellness:

KC Care Clinic Health

Aguirre Community Center

BackSnacks/Harvester’s

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Company Affiliation PayIt
Term Jan 2016 to Mar 2020
Email luke.norris@cwckansascity.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Tonia GilbertThe Upper Room
Mr. Jacob LittrellHufft
Mr. Jim McDonaldUnited Way of Greater Kansas City
Mr. Miguel MenesesTruman Medical Centers
Mr. Derrick NelsonCommerce Bank
Mr. Luke NorrisPayIt
Ms. Maria SalcedoShook, Hardy and Bacon Law
Ms. Johnna Sutton
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 4
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $5,688,904
Projected Expenses $5,598,367
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,837,131$126,254$0
Administration Expense$179,510$916,186$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.13--
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%12%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$96,742$245,018$104,740
Current Assets$96,742$245,018$104,740
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$96,742$245,018$104,740
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Citizens of the World Charter School of Los Angeles $1,050,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Department of Elementary and Secondary Education $125,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Individual Donor $6,750 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Expansion of facilities.
Other Documents
Organization Name Citizens of the World Charter Schools - Kansas City
Address 3435 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 499-8000
Contact Email info@cwckansascity.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jon Hile
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Board Chair Company Affiliation PayIt
Year of Incorporation 2015