Amplify is an annual convening supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation since 2017. The Kauffman Foundation is dedicated to racial equity and a vision of inclusive prosperity for our nation. This convening was developed because of an identified need in the Kansas City community, to create a space for educators of color to come together, celebrate, and support one another. This community continues to grow and thrive because of its members' dedication to students and each other, making our schools and community more inclusive and equitable.
Nearly half of our nation’s students are not white, yet less than a quarter of teachers are people of color, according to the American Community Survey.
Research continues to show that when a teacher’s race/ethnicity match their students, that academic success and outcomes improve. Until our education workforce has a balance of representation that reflects the students they serve, we will continue to host this important convening. Educators of color who are teachers, school leaders, academic coaches, education non-profit staff, and/or district administrators are invited to register for Amplify.