2019 LEANLAB K12 Fellows


Speak Agent

Ben Grimley, CEO

Speak Agent is a breakthrough digital platform that empowers diverse learners of all ages to quickly and deeply master challenging academic language and concepts critical for success in schools and careers, accelerating learning by 3x with only 30 minutes of use per week.

Partner School

KIPP Endeavor Academy

KIPP KC is part of a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory charter schools with a track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP KC opened its first school, KIPP Endeavor Academy, in 2007 with approximately 31 fifth grade students. Today, KIPP Endeavor has grown to serve students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and is currently educating approximately 600 students. KIPP Endeavor Academy serves students from every zip code in the city, but aims to bring the opportunity for quality education to those students living in areas without access to high-performing schools. Eighty-seven percent of our students are African-American or Hispanic and all students qualify for free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision.

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Makers Empire

Jon SoongCEO

Makers Empire helps K-8 educators teach design thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills with 3D printing and 3D design so they develop the critical thinking, design thinking, creative, collaborative and problem-solving skills and growth mindset they’ll need to thrive in the future.

Partner School

Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough is an early education center and social service facility, serving 650 children daily in the urban core of Kansas City. In addition to early learning, Operation Breakthrough offers before-and-after school care for children 5 yrs. to 13 yrs. as well as full summer programming. OB offers pediatric health care in an on-site clinic operated in collaboration with Children’s Mercy Hospital. They have dental care, mental health services, speech and occupational therapy, tutoring and mentoring, and provide services for the children’s families including a food pantry, nutrition assistance through an on-site WIC office, a clothing closet and case management.

Academy for Integrated Arts

The mission of the Academy for Integrated Arts is to use the arts to prepare students for an admissions-based college preparatory secondary school.The arts serve as a catalyst for learning, achievement, curiosity and self-esteem. Students will be able to create and actively express a deeper meaning of subject matter content through using visual arts as well as music, dance and dramatization. Learning through the arts enlivens instruction, increases student involvement and strengthens both memory and meaning. Students will demonstrate depth of knowledge in their ability to design, connect, apply concepts, analyze, create and critique.

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Melanie Kong, CEO

Floop is a web and mobile platform that helps teachers give meaningful feedback faster and teaches students to use feedback to learn.

Partner School

Van Horn High School

Van Horn High School, in the Independence School District, builds positive relationships, achieves high academic standards, and develops literacy skills in order to engage the world.

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Julian Golder, CEO

Emote continually collects and analyzes SEL (socio-emotional learning) data to deliver insights to the right person at the right time -- empowering schools to deliver proactive support to 100% of students with existing staff.

Partner School

Benjamim Banneker (KCPS)

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School is one of Kansas City Public School’s (KCPS) neighborhood schools. As a one-to-one school, every student at Banneker has their own technology device offering our teachers the flexibility to use innovative teaching opportunities. Banneker implemented the Extended School Year Model for the 2017-2018 school year. This added 31 days to the end of the school, helping to decrease knowledge lost over the summer and allowing teachers an extended time to continue their lessons.

Guadalupe Centers

Founded by a Catholic women’s club in 1919, it was established as a volunteer school and clinic for the underprivileged Mexican immigrants who had settled in the Westside. Expanding on the success of its Alta Vista High School, Guadalupe Educational System added a middle school in 2010, and opened an elementary program in 2012. The still-developing elementary school is adding a new cohort of 80 kindergartners each year. The 2017-2018 year represents a milestone, when GES will serve the full Pre-K grade range. Additionally, in the past year, Guadalupe Centers has undergone a branding initiative to consolidate its image, recasting the schools' names to Guadalupe Centers Preschool, Guadalupe Elementary School, Guadalupe Centers Middle School, and Guadalupe Centers High School.