Our shared goal is to improve P-20 education for all students in the Kansas City metropolitan area by providing powerful tools for data-driven educational policy research, evaluation, and implementation.
Leigh Anne Taylor Knight serves as Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium. Having served as a K-12 teacher, building administrator, district curriculum director and assistant superintendent, she brings experience working in three reputable school districts all of which encountered growth in enrollment, additions of new facilities, and changing student demographics during her time in each. She has been recognized for exceptional skills in advancing technology efforts and engaging businesses, parents and other community partners in modern education initiatives. As a results-oriented initiator, she has proven comprehensive organizational and planning capabilities translating complex objectives into successful strategies and results. She is certified to lead AdvancED program and district evaluation teams; has coordinated credit-bearing coursework with community colleges and universities; has project-managed research projects, including one to identify all P20 educational entities in nine-counties and complete a SWOT analysis of services provided and audiences; has identified and engaged members for over 100 stakeholder advisory boards to advance education and community endeavors; and is versed in collaborative efforts with private foundations and government entities. Dr. Knight holds graduate and advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Kansas University.
Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
Phone: (913) 396-3214
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