Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

Kansas City Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

June 13-17, 2022

We are excited to announce the return to in-person programming in 2022! Show Me Careers Kansas City launched in 2020 through a partnership with the Kauffman Foundation. With this new partnership, Show Me Careers will be a bi-state effort working to align with the Real World Learning (RWL) initiative and other regional efforts in place.
Show-Me Careers is a professional development program for educators, counselors and administrators to learn firsthand about relevant career pathways in today’s business and industry settings. Through these externship experiences, education professionals gain a more robust understanding of the technical skills, behaviors and mindsets students need to be successful in today’s professional environments. The program provides a unique, hands-on learning experience inside local employers for one week in the summer and directly supports the Kauffman Real World Learning model implemented across 28 districts in the region.


Goals and Objectives

The objective of Show-Me Careers is to expose Kansas City area students to good career opportunities by bringing teams of influential middle and high school educators, counselors and administrators into advanced manufacturing, health care systems, transportation and logistics and other targeted industries strengths of the Kansas City region. Working in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative assists education professionals engaged with the Real World Learning model by bringing experiences and support to the work that districts are involved with centered around career pathway and work based learning.

By providing this experience to educators, counselors and administrators each year, the program aims to reach thousands of students annually with new career opportunities that will help narrow the skills gap. This program aligns directly with the Real World Learning Initiative of the Kauffman Foundation.

Program Details

  • Up to 50 educators, school counselors and administrators will be selected to participate throughout the Kansas City Metro region
  • A stipend of $1,000 will be provided to each professional that completes the program and the Client Connected Project during the 2022-2023 school year
  • All materials, meals and travel to the industry partners will be provided to the participants as part of the program
  • RWL District Teams (4-5 members) submit application by April 1, 2022
  • Take part in an interactive peer-to-peer brainstorming sessions for future collaboration four times during the 2022-2023 school year
  • Develop and perform a Client Connected Project during the 2022-2023 school year


District Team Application is closed

Program Dates and Times

Monday, June 13, 2022 – 9am – 5pm
Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – 8am – 5pm
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 – 8am –5pm
Thursday, June 16, 2022 – 8am – 5pm
Friday, June 17, 2022 – 8am – 2pm



Recently Laura Evens with the Kauffman Foundation and former Senior Director of Human Resources at Cerner in Kansas City spoke with the Greater Kansas City Chamber on the importance and value of business engagement to both students and teachers. Watch this brief interview below:

Industry Connections (2022-2023) KC Cohort

As an optional addition to the program, we will have four opportunities for participants to reconnect with new industry insight meetings and peer-to-peer collaboration and networking.

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Thursday, October 23, 2022
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Basic framework for each connector meeting:
4:00pm- Welcome and Networking
4:30pm- Tour Facility, Presentations and/or Activities
6:00pm- Dedicated Cohort Discussion
6:30pm- Wrap Up & Adjourn


The above timeline is subject to change slightly based upon host location. For more information about the Kansas City program, please contact either Donna McDaniel, Kauffman Foundation, at 913-940-9930 or Brian Crouse, Missouri Chamber Foundation, at (573)634-3511.



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Community Supporters

DeBruce Foundation • Junior Achievement • KC STEM Alliance • Mid-America Regional Council • Startland KC