Urban Rendezvous X
The Urban Rendezvous X Dinner takes place on October 17, 2019 at The College Basketball Experience in downtown Kansas City and is our largest fundraising event of the year. The reception begins at 5:30 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.
All funds raised benefit the Urban Ranger Corps and the young men we serve. Last year we raised more than $100,000. Our goal this year is to raise $120,000! Your support of Urban Rendezvous X will help us better serve those who need our help the most, our Rangers.
Our 2019 URC Community Service Award Recipient is Dr. Mark Bedell, Superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools.
Dr. Bedell is a talented, caring teacher and administrator and one of the top urban public-school leaders in the United States. As the child of a working-class family in upstate New York, he overcame significant challenges and was inspired to take his education seriously by teachers and other caring adults who pushed him to achieve his dreams.
Dr. Bedell was a multi-talented youth who leveraged his basketball skills and grades into an opportunity to study at Fisk University, where he excelled in the honors program and became one of the nation's leading scorers in NCAA Division III. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1997. He went on to earn a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and administration from Tennessee State University in 2000.
While serving as a principal in places like Houston, his observation of students struggling to stay in school due to lack of wrap-around support prompted Dr. Bedell to study school culture, climate and dropout prevention at Nova Southeastern University, where he was named a Doctor of Education in 2015. Success as a School Improvement Officer in Houston Independent School District garnered the attention of Baltimore County Public Schools, where Dr. Bedell served as Assistant Superintendent for High Schools from 2012 to 2016. During his tenure, Dr. Bedell helped stem the hemorrhaging of dropouts and the BCPS graduation rate approached 90 percent. His educational experience and leadership made Dr. Bedell a natural choice for the Superintendent's post at KCPS in 2016.
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