Show-Me Careers Educator Experience

Kansas City Show-Me Careers Educator Experience — Virtual

June 7–11, 2021

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 80 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 2021-2022 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 March 15, 2021
  • Take part in an interactive peer-to-peer brainstorming sessions for future collaboration four times during the 2021-2022 school year
  • Develop and perform a Client Connected Project during the 2021-2022 school year


District Team Application

Program Dates and Times

Monday, June 7, 2021 – 9am – 4pm
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 8am – 4pm
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 8am – 4pm
Thursday, June 10, 2021 – 8am – 4pm
Friday, June 11, 2021 – 8am – 2pm

Business Partner Onboarding Now!

We seek business partners to engage in this summer’s program and beyond. The program aligns and supports the existing Real World Learning effort underway in Kansas City region by the Kauffman Foundation. Employer partners can support the program by being a host site, providing corporate branded swag, engaging in hosting teacher externships, etc. More details on our FAQ here.
Employer Host Form



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 (2021-2022) KC Cohort

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022

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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Program sponsors


Our supporting business and community partners:

JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc.
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Kansas State Department of Education
Port KC
Churchill Container
Koller Enterprises
Saint Luke’s Health System
Economic Leadership
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce
Startland KC