MCC leaders chosen to speak at Kansas/Missouri Superintendents Leadership Forum

Chancellor Mark James speaks to Kansas and Missouri superintendents
MCC Chancellor Mark James speaks to Kansas and Missouri superintendents.

Chancellor Mark James and Metropolitan Community College campus presidents were invited to the Kansas/Missouri Superintendents Leadership Forum Feb. 9 to discuss innovative ways that K-12 schools and higher education can work together to better serve students.

The educators talked about dual credit, dual enrollment and early college programs as well as ways to help all students become college-ready. They talked about the need for more “guided pathways” and career-focused programs starting as early as high school. They also discussed the need to collaborate and share best practices to re-imagine the typical educational model to fit students’ ever-growing and ever-changing demands.

“We don’t have all the answers, and we might not even know all of the questions, but I believe if we continue to work closely and dream up ideas together we can all better serve our students,” the chancellor said.

James was honored to be invited to speak with such a large group of school leaders. He was also excited to have the opportunity to build further connections and partnerships that afford innovation and flexibility to best benefit students.

MCC campus presidents (from left) Kirk Nooks, Utpal Goswami, Jackie Gill and Tony Ross

The Kansas/Missouri Superintendents Leadership Forum is made up of approximately 110 public school district superintendents. The number of participants is equally divided between the two states.  Membership in the organization is through invitation only, with sitting members nominating prospects, who then must be approved by the executive board. Membership reflects both states’ diversity relative to geography, gender, ethnicity, size and students. The group meets two times every year.

The purpose of the Forum is to improve student learning by assisting superintendents to become more effective leaders. The goal has remained unchanged since the inception of the program in 1997.