we believe that if schools can learn from schools, we can improve student achievement in Kansas City


One third of the bottom 5% of districts in Missouri are in the KC metro. Only 25 districts in the KC metro are in the top 5% of districts in Missouri and only 8 districts in the KC metro recieved 100% of their annual performance points.

The reality is schools must continously improve. There are reservoirs of expertise that exist but much remains untapped and unseen. For this reason, we create supportive, face to face, right-fit professional learning spaces for educators to see, share, and refine their practice across schools in Kansas City.

Our goal is for no students to be served by a KC metro district performing in the bottom 25% of Missouri.


key strategies


The Kansas City Education Collective uses two key strategies to connect reservoirs of expertise across the city and improve schools for students. By participating in either of our unconference or learning labs, you will be able to see, share, and refine best practices with other educators across Kansas City.


meet the team


Joe Pistone
Joe is co-founder of the KC EdCollective. He is a KC educator and instructional coach who believes that there is immense creative talent and ideas within the local education ecosystem and that never has it been more important for educators to see each other in practice. Joe has been coaching teacher colleagues and teams for nearly a decade in KC from a strength-based coaching stance. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University, a M.S. in School Administration from the University of Central Missouri, and is pursuing his Instructional Coaching Certification through Jim Knight's Instructional Coaching Group.

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Keith Schoen
Keith is co-founder of the KC EdCollective. He is a KC instructional coach and professional learning designer who believes that a collective vision of what is possible in education—gathered from observing each other across schools—will lead to better outcomes for educators and students. After teaching English for four years in the Dominican Republic at an Expeditionary Learning school, Keith moved to Kansas City where he has worked as a teacher, team lead, and coach at Guadalupe Centers High School for the past five years. Keith holds a Master's in Multicultural Education with TESOL, and participated in the Kansas City Leadership Cohort in the 2017-2018 school year.

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