Bentley Kapten is supporting New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services as they collaborate with schools and the education system to ensure children in foster care succeed in school. He brings expertise and relationships as an educator, administrator, and results-oriented leader.
- Cross-system collaboration
- Educational outcomes
- Educational administration
- Curriculum design, coaching, and learning
- New York City ACS
As a Foster America fellow, Bentley has joined the Administration for Children's Services in New York City, where he uses his experience to enhance collaboration between the education and foster care systems.
Bentley attended Texas Tech University and earned his degree in biology. After graduating, Bentley participated in the Focus Lubbock Leadership Program where he supported students’ aspirations for public service and taught them leadership skills. Bentley then served as a Jumpstart Corps Member, teaching preschool children pre-literacy and social-emotional skills.
Bentley went on to teach first grade in New York City for three years, where he designed and implemented forward-thinking curricula before joining the leadership team at Teach For America (TFA). At TFA, Bentley trained and coached incoming teaching fellows, recruited and selected a cohort of teaching fellows, and monitored teaching fellows’ progress in professional development.
After his work with TFA, Bentley became an Academic Dean for DREAM Charter School, an elementary school in Harlem, New York. In that role, Bentley served as an instructional coach to educators, developed and guided the program’s curriculum, supported students and their families, and tracked student outcomes.
Bentley decided to join Foster America because as an educator, he saw firsthand how students of color were overrepresented in the foster care system. He also saw a correlation between their involvement in the foster care system and their limited academic success. At NYC’s Administration for Children's Services in New York, Bentley uses his expertise as an educator and school leader to innovate and improve the academic outcomes for children in foster care.