The Educator Academy in the Media

We are proud of the effect we make in education in and around Kansas City. See the articles and interviews from news and media organizations highlighting the impact we have in our communities.

In some of the earlier articles, our former name Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is mentioned.
In 2023, we rebranded to The Educator Academy. 


KMBC Feb 24, 2024 – The Educator Academy’s Summit Focus on the Future of Teaching

On Saturday, February 24th, 2024 The Educator Academy hosted The Summit, our annual education conference. This is a unique event for Kansas City – being the only KC education conference of its kind in the metropolitan area. While there are a lot of difficulties within education, this is a space for people to gather and dream of a new way forward for our local community. It’s a space for all educators from classroom teachers to school administrators to come together and cast a vision for the future of education within our local landscape.


NCTR Nov 11, 2023 – KCTR Expands, Rebrands to Become The Educator Academy

The National Teacher Residency highlights the work we have done to expand our services. In this article, NCTR highlights the rebranding process of KCTR to The Educator Academy. In addition, they highlight the future impact the organization is poised to have. 


Hickman Mills Dec 14, 2022 – Four Teacher Residents Commit to HMC-1

In this article, Hickman Mills School District, a local Kansas City public school district, shares the update of residents committing to teach with HMC-1. Hickman Mills has been a long-term partner with The Educator Academy and we are pleased to have placed these residents in their schools. 


EdPrep Matters Nov 21, 2022 – MacKenzie Scott Donates $5M to Kansas City Teacher Residency

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away nearly $2 billion over the last 7 months, and a Kansas City nonprofit just became the latest recipient of her generosity. We were pleased to announce the acceptance of a $5 million donation. This award will be utilized to support our ongoing work and secure the organization’s future for the long term. These funds have allowed us to recruit, cultivate, and retain more diverse teachers in the communities we are serving and in turn provide equitable classrooms for all students. For more information regarding this update, read our full press release


KSHB Nov 16, 2022 – Kansas City Teacher Residency receives $5 million donation to support teacher recruitment, diversity

Through the generosity of Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, our Kansas City nonprofit received a $5 million donation. KSHB highlights how these funds will support our work in teacher recruitment and specifically support our work to increase the number of diverse teachers in schools. For more information regarding this update, read our full press release


KC Biz Journal Nov 16, 2022 – MacKenzie Scott donates to two more KC nonprofits, giving $6M 

In this Kansas City Business Journal article, reporter Ellen Cagle highlights the donations that philanthropist McKenzie Scott made to local Kansas City nonprofits. This act of generosity by Scott will continue to make an impact on Kansas City for years to come. 


Ideas 2021 – How Do Teachers from Alternative Pathways Contribute to the Teaching Workforce in Urban Areas? Evidence from Kansas City

In this research article, two alternative teacher certification pathways were studied for impact and effectiveness, including our teacher residency program. Value-added to achievement for our teachers was found, especially amongst our math teachers on test-score growth. 


KSHB Nov 16, 2021 – Checking in with KC Teacher Residency and its solution to teacher shortages

KSHB interviews two resident teachers from The Educator Academy’s (formerly KCTR) cohort 6 on what the program means to them while highlighting the program model and the hopes for the future of education in KC Metro. 


SchoolSmartKC Aug 21, 2019 – SchoolSmartKC Profile in Leadership 

SchoolSmartKC highlights Charles King, CEO and Founder of the Educator Academy (formerly KCTR), and how the program seeks to foster the next generation of educators through its teacher residency program along with a sneak peak into where he thinks the organization will be in the next 10 years.


Bellwether June 05, 2019 – Moving Towards Sustainability: Q&A with Charles King of Kansas City Teacher Residency

This is an interview with Charles King, CEO and Founder of The Educator Academy (formerly KCTR). During the interview, he discusses the pathway to sustainability for the EA and our programs since our launch in 2016 and what the future will bring. 


Local Investment Commission June 28, 2016 – KCTR addressing a shortage of teachers

The Local Investment Commission highlights the Educator Academy’s commitment to recruiting and preparing educators through its residency model for Title I schools in Kansas City. In this article, they highlight the national teacher shortage and the impact that The Educator Academy (formerly KCTR) will make on Kansas City. 


Local Investment Commission Feb 08, 2016 – Kauffman addressing teacher shortage in urban schools

The Kaufman Foundation in Kansas City addresses the need for teachers in Title I schools across the KC area and how The Educator Academy (formerly KCTR) is tackling that need by recruiting and preparing individuals to become educators.


KCUR June 30, 2015 – New Teacher Residency Program Aims At Higher Teacher Retention In Kansas City

NPR in Kansas City highlights a new teacher residency program designed to recruit, prepare, and certify individuals in the KC through a teacher residency program modeled after medical residencies.