In 2016, KC Rising released the Common Sector Competencies report, clarifying the skills valued by employers to help teachers and school districts align teaching and learning with the demands of the workplace. Many schools embraced the Common Sector Competencies, and teachers put into practice instruction to build and enhance these skills. As implementation grew, educators asked for help in prioritizing the 23 Common Sector Competencies.

Representatives from industry and education worked with learners to further refine and clarify the competencies. As part of that collaborative effort, a research team from the Urban Education Research Center convened young professionals who had entered the workplace in the previous one to five years to provide real world feedback on what it takes to enter and succeed in the world of work. They confirmed six categories of competencies as Essential Skills.

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2022-2023 Shared Vision Strategic Priorities

Every year the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation conducts a survey to evaluate the quality of life for residents in the Kansas City region. After survey responses are collected, an analysis is conducted and shared with the community at large. The Mid – America Regional Council collaborated on the analysis in 2017 and created a dashboard for 2019 – 2020. For the 2021 survey, Kauffman partnered with Global Strategy Group and created the following dashboard. In addition, KC Rising worked collaboratively with Kauffman on producing an analysis comparing 2020 (pre-pandemic) to May 2021.

Kauffman Quality of Life Survey

Every year the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation conducts a survey to evaluate the quality of life for residents in the Kansas City region. After survey responses are collected, an analysis is conducted and shared with the community at large. The Mid – America Regional Council collaborated on the analysis in 2017 and created a dashboard for 2019 – 2020. For the 2021 survey, Kauffman partnered with Global Strategy Group and created the following dashboard. In addition, KC Rising worked collaboratively with Kauffman on producing an analysis comparing 2020 (pre-pandemic) to May 2021.

Harvard Implicit Bias Association Test

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The Women Business Collaborative

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