Supporting Black Student Success:


On May 24th, 2018, in partnership with Chalkboard Project, we discussed measurable and sustainable ways to dismantle the inequities in education that allow the achievement gap to persist.  Click here to watch the event recording.

Happy 5th Birthday to KairosPDX !

On Friday, August 4th, we celebrated our 5th birthday here at KairosPDX!  We had the pleasure of celebrating this big day with many families, and community members including Commissioner Loretta Smith, Roger Hinshaw from Bank of America, and Mike Rosen of the Portland School Board.

The Portland Observer

Our Executive Director, Kali Thorne Ladd, wrote an article with Ron Herndon of Albina Head Start featured in the Portland Observer titled Well Intended but with Devastating Consequences: Pre-school promise risks isolating kids of color.” Additionally, KairosPDX is referenced and Kali is quoted in another article titled, “Preschool Promise Adverse to Albina Head Start: New requirements fail kids of color, advocates say.”

KairosPDX Moves to Humboldt

We are excited to move to PPS’ Humboldt School Building located at 4915 N. Gantenbein Avenue, Portland, OR 97217. We will move on Wednesday, June 29th starting at 8am. If you are available and interested in helping us pack or unpack in the days before or as we settle into our new space in July, please contact Lauren via email,, to sign up for a shift.

Kairos Learning Academy Opens for the New School Year

August 3rd, 2015, 8:15 a.m. 

Connecting to Culturally Responsive Teaching

Friday, May 29th

On Friday, May 29th 2015, KairosPDX  presented the culminating celebration, showcasing teachers’ learning from our Community of Resistance Workshop Series. There were learnings from teachers committed to the transformative work creating inclusive classrooms for all children.


KairosPDX Launches their Learning Academy! 

Read the Grand opening press release

TedxPortland 2014

Zalika Gardner from KairosPDX spoke on the topic of Listening

Saturday, April 12th

Our KairosPDX Co-Founder, Zalika Gardner, spoke at the 4th installment of TEDxPortland.


TEDxPortland is a one day experience of inspiration with thinkers and doers including: 
14 live talks, 4 talks, 3 performances, happy hour, and post-event party.


K-5 Learning Academy Charter Application APPROVED

Public PPS Board Meeting for KairosPDX’s K-5 Learning Academy  

Monday, December 16th

Thank you for coming out and showing your support during the Board Meeting when our K-5 Learning Academy was approved with a unanimous vote by the Portland Public School District.