School Models

We believe the best school models promote high expectations for students and staff, exhibit strong school cultures focused on meeting those high expectations, and demonstrate measurable academic outcomes that prepare students for success after high school.

KC Education Speaker Series

We've partnered with the Kansas City Public Library to create a speaker series that brings leading thinkers in education to Kansas City audiences.

On KCUR: With High Standards, Kauffman School Sets Example for Others

06/06/14 A story on KCUR examines the Kauffman School's high standards, adding outside commentary on whether or not local school districts can replicate its success.

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Teachers Deserve a Comprehensive Support System

04/03/14 In an editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dane Stangler, vice president of research and policy, and Aaron North, vice president of education, reveal issues behind Missouri's fractured educator retirement system.

On KCPT: Educator Profile | Hannah Lofthus, Kauffman School CEO

03/18/14 KCPT profiles the Ewing Marion Kauffman School's new CEO Hannah Lofthus who has helped build the school from the ground up.

Founding Principal of Kauffman School Promoted to CEO

03/03/14 The Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School today announce the promotion of the school’s founding principal and chief academic officer, Hannah Lofthus, to the role of chief executive officer.

Reducing Complexities, Fragmentation of Missouri Teacher Pension Plans Could Benefit Urban School Districts

02/24/14 Research paper looks at Missouri pension systems as a microcosm of national challenges in meeting teacher retirement needs and includes recommendations.


01/29/14 StartupScholars is a new summer internship program that will pair Kauffman Scholars with early stage entrepreneurs in Kansas City. Through StartupScholars, student interns will have the opportunity to develop 21st-century workplace skills, cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, and contribute to the Kansas City community.

Kauffman Scholars Share Their Stories

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

Ewing Marion Kauffman School Second-Year Results Show Steady Growth in Student Academic Achievement

09/20/13 Recently released state test results indicate Kauffman School students are moving steadily toward achieving the academic goals set for them as they progress through middle school.

Javier Quinonez Scholar Story - Kauffman Scholars

09/12/13 In Javier Quinonez's Scholar Story, he shares the story of overcoming obstacles on his path to joining the Kauffman Scholars program. With the help of a new friend, he comes to realize that there will always be someone there to help you. Javier talks about the high expectations set by the Kauffman Scholars program, and the need to step out of your comfort zone to get what you want in life.