Education Reform

Small improvements in education can yield big returns in a society’s health, wealth and well-being. The trick is to identify the proven knowledge, skills, and methods that will have the greatest impact on how we teach.

KC Education Speaker Series

A partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and the Kansas City Public Library, this speaker series brings leading thinkers in education to Kansas City audiences.

Kauffman Scholars Share Their Stories

Urban youth in the Kauffman Scholars program talk about their challenges, hopes and dreams.

Mapping Our Future

At the Kauffman Foundation, we know that if our work is to make any difference, we must start by looking within.

Educator Pensions School Staffing and Teacher Quality

The mobility penalties associated with crossing pension boundaries act like a tariff on the import and export of human capital into Kansas City public schools—whether charter or district. These tariffs can have huge consequences for Kansas City-area students and schools.

Making Wishes Come True

Wishbone.org founder Beth Schmidt shares how her TFA experience inspired her to start her company, what running a nonprofit is like in what she calls "the new age of nonprofits," and how education and entrepreneurship make perfect bedfellows.

Learning by Example

At the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, students aren't the only ones learning every day.

No Easy Task

Money, resources, and passion: that's what it is going to take to raise student performance outcomes in public schools across the United States.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Leaders of the organizations comprising the Kansas City Education Funders Collaborative discuss the origins of the group, their beliefs, and hopes for sustainable impacts on students in Kansas City's urban schools.

Fostering the Future: 10 Ways Cities Can Create a Climate of Improvement and Innovation

Lots of educators talk about innovation these days, but we don't talk much about how innovations in learning are created or how they spread.

Education: High Expectations for Students and Ourselves

Our approach to supporting education in Kansas City seeks to leverage organizations, educators, and community members to support the conditions for a system of high-performing urban schools.