MCPSA Awarded $211,000 Grant from Kauffman Foundation


Media Contacts:
Dr. Douglas Thaman, Missouri Charter Public School Association, 314-261-3657,
Barb Schulte, Kauffman Foundation, 816-932-1103,

Funds will support training for boards, leaders of six Kansas City charter schools

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) June 19, 2012 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has awarded the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) a $211,000 grant to launch the Charter School Leadership Development Program, an intensive training program for Kansas City charter school governing boards and school leaders.

“This generous grant from the Kauffman Foundation will help the Association bring intensive support to several charter schools in Kansas City, assisting them in raising the quality and effectiveness of their governing boards and school leaders,” said MCPSA executive director Dr. Douglas Thaman.

The Charter School Leadership Development Program allows for training based upon MCPSA’s Quality Standards, Governing Board Competencies and School Leader Competencies. The implementation of professional services to develop high-quality governing boards and school leaders will provide the necessary education and knowledge to increase their understanding of responsibilities.

“Effective leadership and governance is fundamental to improving student achievement in the charter school community,” said Munro Richardson, Kauffman’s vice president of education. “Support of the MCPSA’s training effort fits strategically with our Foundation’s commitment to improving student outcomes and leadership throughout the charter school sector.”

The Charter School Leadership Development Program will focus on three Kansas City charter school governing boards and their leaders in year one and three additional charter school groups in year two.

“We are grateful for the Kauffman Foundation’s investment in MCPSA and our development of a high-quality coaching program for Kansas City charter school governing boards and leaders,” Thaman said. “We intend to make this new program a highly impactful part of our member services portfolio.”

The grant, which will be distributed over two years at $105,000 per year, also will trigger a matching grant of $33,000 from the Walton Family Foundation in 2012.

The Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) is the membership and professional organization serving charter public schools in the state of Missouri. MCPSA’s purpose is to improve student achievement by increasing access to high quality charter public education options throughout Missouri.

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