April 19, 2018
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent of KC Public Schools. He will help us present the Education Excellence Awards and speak about the future of the KCPS.
Dr. Mark T. Bedell is one of the top young educational leaders in the United States. His personal, educational and career experiences make him uniquely suited to serve as Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, MO. He is a talented, caring teacher and administrator who is doing the hard, systematic work necessary to ensure that every child and every family has an equitable opportunity of making their dreams a reality.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fisk in 1997. His classroom experiences fueled Dr. Bedell's passion for serving students and drove him to learn how to be an even better teacher, colleague and administrator. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University in 2000.
Throughout his path through graduate school, Dr. Bedell demonstrated an increasing ability to apply what he had learned to practical situations that led to direct and long-term improvements for his students, his co-workers, his schools and his school systems. While serving as a principal in places like Houston, his observation of students struggling to stay in school due to lack of wrap-around support prompted Dr. Bedell to study school culture, climate and dropout prevention at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named a Doctor of Education in 2015.
His background, classroom and school experience made Dr. Bedell a natural choice for the Superintendent's post at KCPS in 2016. He came to the school system committed to listening to and learning from students, parents, staff and community members. Dr. Bedell devoted hundreds of hours to public engagement in just the first few months of his position. With the stakeholder guidance, he crafted and enacted a post-entry plan which made the central office more effective and efficient, improved School Board governance, and increased staff morale.
Dr. Bedell has reignited trust in KCPS, sparked a new excitement among families and prompted the much-needed focus on equity in order to guarantee that every student has a legitimate shot at success. His personal, educational and professional journey prove that this is exactly the type of goal that Dr. Bedell was made to accomplish.