A week rarely passes without a community leader, business leader, or state official stopping me to share how proud they are of the work we are doing in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Often the next comment is a question about how we will be able to continue to improve results, while raising our standards and expectations? My answer is always the same: I work with a great team of teachers, support staff and administrators. What makes our team great is our full commitment to the students and families of our community.
Eleanor Roosevelt once stated that “we gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” We have taken on the challenge, not just to be “adequate,” but rather to aim for meaningful results, life-changing results, for our students. For all the hard work this journey demands, for the courage it takes to face the difficult work, day in and day out for the future of our kids, we are forever grateful to each and every one of you. Stay encouraged, take it one day at a time. Hear the voices that are telling us we are making a tremendous difference in the lives of our students. We are creating a generation of innovative thinkers who will (and may already be working to) change the world.
As we celebrate American Education Week, I want to say thank you to each one of our staff for their vision and their dedication.