About

The mission of Turn the Page KC is to mobilize the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all third graders in Kansas City, Missouri. Turn the Page KC was founded by Mayor Sly James in 2011 as an initiative to raise the reading proficiency of third graders, which at the time as only 33%. Volunteer and community organizations began to rally around this mission. In 2016, test scores showed that 3rd grade reading proficiency in Kansas City is now at 53% and appear to be on the rise. In 2014, Turn the Page KC received its tax exempt status from the federal government and hired Mike English to serve as Executive Director. Turn the Page KC focuses on three specific issues that contribute to 3rd grade reading success: school readiness, summer learning, and school attendance.

Board of Directors


Board Chair
Sly James, Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri

Board Vice Chair
Judy Heeter, Pathfinder Consulting

Board Treasurer
Kelly Kerns, Populous

Board Secretary
Uzziel Pecina, UMKC School of Education

Board Members

Bob Bartman, Former Superintendent, Center School District

Bert Berkley, Tension Envelope

Greg Ealey, Pastor, Paseo Baptist Church

Linda Edwards, Former Dean, UMKC School of Education

Carol Hallquist, Former President, Hallmark Corporate Foundation

Eric Morgenstern, Morningstar Communications

Adam Rossbach, Mosaic Life Care

Anne VanGarsse, MD, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences