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 CWC Kansas City is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Kristin L Droege
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Board Chair Company Affiliation PayIt
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of CWC Kansas City is to provide an excellent public education focused on developing and demonstrating understanding while building connections within a diverse community.
Background Statement
This organization was born out of a grassroots effort led by Midtown Kansas City families, known as the Midtown Community School Initiative (MCSI). MCSI hoped to create high-performing, diverse neighborhood schools that would provide high-quality options for the growing number of families who wanted to stay and raise their children in Midtown. In September 2013, MCSI issued a national request for proposals (RFP), soliciting partners with the capacity and willingness to launch and operate high-performing schools with a racially, culturally and socioeconomically diverse student population.
 
Inspired by the vision of the MCSI families, Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC Schools) engaged with MCSI and, in November 2013 submitted a proposal to launch a K-12 LEA in Midtown Kansas City. In February 2014, MCSI selected CWC Schools as their partner organization (see partnership letters in Appendix A). In CWC Schools, a national not-for-profit network of diverse, academically rigorous, free public schools, MCSI found a partner aligned in purpose, values and educational approach.
 
Following their initial discussions, both organizations understood that in order to launch an LEA, there needed to be deep and deliberate engagement with and outreach to a wide cross-section of the Midtown and larger Kansas City community, even if that ultimately led to delaying the anticipated start date to 2016. Together, CWC Schools and MCSI have spent the past year meeting with families and community organizations, paving the way for the launch of CWC Kansas City.
Impact Statement
CWCKC became a state approved charter school in October 2015. Prior to that, CWC began working to ensure a strong foundation for the school, which included many of the following accomplishments:
 
  1. Recruited, formed and appointed a Founding Board of 5 individuals, including two founding parents of the Midtown Community School initiative, an expert in STEM education and a leader/professor in special ed from CMSU. The organization added to the diversity of expertise on the Board by later adding professionals in finance and human resources to the team to form our current 7-member Board.
  2. CWCKC earned sponsorship from the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, an independent State agency whose sole authority is to sponsor charters.
  3. Recruited and hired an Executive Director, Dr. Kristin Droege who moved from Los Angeles to serve as the founding school leader. Prior to joining CWCKC, Dr. Droege was the founding principal of Larchmont Charter School, a school with a similar mission and model to CWCKC which became one of the highest performing charter schools in the state and consistently performed in the top 3% of all LAUSD schools.
 
In the coming year, there are four key goals that will guide the school’s long term future.
 
  1. Maintain a diverse student body that is representative of the Midtown Kansas City community -- with the goal of 375 students enrolled in K-2 for the 2017/18 school year.
  2. Meet all Academic Goals, as laid out in our charter (and listed below) for all students with no achievement gaps between any subgroup population.
  3. Recruit, hire, and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty and staff who are mission aligned and committed to serving the families of Midtown Kansas City.
  4. Maintain a minimum of a 3.5% reserve to ensure long term financial viability for the school operations and meet state requirements.
Needs Statement
As CWC launches our first year there are several key areas of need to reach sustainability and then continue to grow to serve the needs in Midtown.
  1. Diverse student recruitment - as a nonprofit, and intentionally diverse charter school, it will be an ongoing need to be sure we are sharing our story with families across all Midtown neighborhoods to meet enrollment numbers.
  2. Facilities - the current building, on which we have a lease-to-own contract, will provide enough space for the first two years of our program as we fill out K-2nd grades. As we grow, the need to open an additional location, to house 3rd-6th grades, will be an issue which we are addressing during year 1.
  3. Develop and engage community partnerships across areas of curriculum and instruction; fundraising and development; and family and student services.
Service Categories
Charter Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
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 connections. We will do so by 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. We will attract and retain the highest quality faculty and provide them the professional growth experiences and resources that support teaching to our unique educational approach. In this way, we will serve students by honoring them all as unique learners making meaning and building connections.
We have started strong in our first year, serving Kindergarten and 1st grade, by achieving the diversity in our student body that matches our Midtown demographic. We have seen a solid start to our goals around talent by securing a founding faculty with an average of 8 years experience – 100% of whom have committed to returning in our second year! And we have developed rich and diverse partnerships that address may of the needs of our program from instruction to family support.
It is our goal in year two to strengthen our services and in doing so insure the academic achievement of all our students. We will:
  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 Charter School - Kansas City bases it's 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 leraning to occur.  Further, we recognize that learning is an inherently social experience and that children must learn with and fron 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 
We are equally dedicated to developing the social and emotional competencies of children so that they are able to move forward in our 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 our 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, we 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.
 
We believe assessment serves a dual purpose:
  1. To assess academic performance for individual students, cohorts and the school as a whole.
  2. To assess the quality of instruction and the academic program to improve future learning.
The data collected from assessment assists the school in analyzing progress so that we can modify and refine the teaching/learning cycle to better meet student needs.
 
Examples of Program Success
Examples of program success in our first year include:
 
1) Partnerships to support our instructional program implemented with 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 our students; and The MO Dept. of Conservation Anita Gorman Discovery Center. 
2) Family Support Services developed and delivered including our Family Uniform Closet; BackSnacks through a partnership with Harvesters; Free unlimited dental care for our students through the Lowery Dental Program at UMKC's School of Dentistry; and Health care insurance assistance through KC Care Clinic.
Description

ACE (or After Class Enrichment) is our CWC Kansas City 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 7:00-7:45am; students staying after school can receive a healthy snack and supportive care until as late as 6:00pm.
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

In our opening year, our ACE program provided care to students both before and after school hours. Approximately 30% of our students received breakfast in the mornings – free for those who qualified and at a cost of only $2.50 to those who paid. During after school, we 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 such clubs as Computer Coding, 3D Art, Gardening, Ukulele, Drama, French/German, and Yoga. Through our 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. Thus, we will expand the number of teachers in our ACE program and provide training in trauma-sensitive care, social-emotional learning, and grade-level activities. We will utilize our faculty of Teaching Associates to provide ‘transitional care’ immediately following the school day to insure that students are eased into the later part of their day and allowed time to adjust. Finally, we will continue the successful clubs that provide enriched opportunities to our students.

Program Success Monitored By The success of our ACE program is monitored by safety, participation, and parent satisfaction.  In our first year, success was so great that we now require additional support to insure 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 our curriculum, and greater ongoing support for the staff.
Examples of Program Success

Parents have expressed routinely that ACE and the exceptional choices of our clubs are great benefits to their child. Clubs have routinely filled to capacity and we have 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 we look forward to implementing them in the form of tutoring, additional club options, and reading support for our students during the after school hours. 
CEO Comments

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 connections. We will do so by 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. We will attract and retain the highest quality faculty and provide them the professional growth experiences and resources that support teaching to our unique educational approach. In this way, we will serve students by honoring them all as unique learners making meaning and building connections.

We have started strong in our first year, serving Kindergarten and 1st grade, by achieving the diversity in our student body that matches our Midtown demographic. We have seen a solid start to our goals around talent by securing a founding faculty with an average of 8 years experience – 100% of whom have committed to returning in our second year! And we have developed rich and diverse partnerships that address may of the needs of our program from instruction to family support.

It is our goal in year two to strengthen our services and in doing so insure the academic achievement of all our students. We will 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, and 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!

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Kristin L Droege
Term Start July 2015
Experience
Dr. Kristin Droege began her work as Founding Executive Director on July 1, 2015, having been heavily involved in the launch of CWC Kansas City in the months preceding her start date. In 2008, Kristin became the founding principal at Larchmont Charter School - West Hollywood (LCW) growing the school to K-8th grade, and overseeing the merger with the Larchmont Charter School network. In 2013 Kristin was appointed Head of K-8 for Larchmont Charter Schools, overseeing instruction for 1,100 students across four campuses. The Larchmont network is one of the highest performing public schools in Los Angeles, with LCW receiving an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 932 in 2013, compared to a district wide score of 750 and statewide score of 790. The API includes the results of state assessments and generates an overall score. In 1999, Kristin and a colleague founded Mountain View Montessori Charter School in Victorville, CA, where she negotiated the governance structure with the district, served as head of curriculum and developed and implemented a teacher evaluation system. Mountain View is currently in its 17th year of operation. Kristin has been a professional educator for more than 20 years, teaching elementary, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as serving in administration. Kristin graduated from Duke University and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California - Los Angeles.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Principal
Experience/Biography
Originally from Midtown Kansas City, Doug has been an educator since 1992. His classroom experience began in a local, inner-city public school and has spanned internationally to American program schools in Ecuador and Brazil. In his career as a teacher, Doug taught Math and Science from 6th grade through AP Calculus and Honors Physics. In addition, Doug has taught Western Civilization, Philosophy, Sociology, Filmmaking, and has sponsored a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Knowledge Bowl. In February of 2016, his students earned First Place in the Association of American Schools in South America Knowledge Bowl Tournament held in Rio de Janeiro. Doug also served as Coordinator for Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS), working with students to create sustainable community service projects. Since 2011, Doug has served as Coordinator for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and is responsible for curricular development, teacher training, and student success. Under his leadership, his students enjoyed a 95% pass rate on the IB diploma - significantly above the worldwide pass average of 83%.
"Whatever age group I am working with or capacity in which I serve, my number one priority as an educator is engaging students in achieving excellence."
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 22
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (Please Specify) 0
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 18
Male 4
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Company Affiliation PayIt
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Tonya Brown Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors
Mr. Jacob Littrell Hufft
Mr. Miguel Meneses Truman Medical Centers
Mr. Luke Norris PayIt
Dr. Kaye L. Otten University of Central Missouri
Dr. Joy Vann-Hamilton Cum Laude Educational Consultants
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
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%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Finance
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,910,119
Projected Expenses $1,833,708
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$126,254----
Administration Expense$916,186----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.13----
Program Expense/Total Expenses12%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$245,018----
Current Assets$245,018----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$245,018----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCitizens of the World Charter School of Los Angeles $1,050,000----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education $125,000----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $6,750----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
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 Dr. Kristin L Droege
Board Chair Mr. Luke Norris
Board Chair Company Affiliation PayIt
Year of Incorporation 2016