Teacher Quality

The Kauffman Foundation believes teachers and leaders in individual schools have the greatest effect on student academic outcomes. Recruiting, developing, and retaining the very best educators is critical to closing the achievement gap that persists in schools serving low-income students and diverse communities. The Foundation invests in programs that help draw and retain more talented teachers and leaders serving students in Kansas City’s schools.

Fund for Teachers

Funded by the Kauffman Foundation, Fund for Teachers experiences transform teachers' careers and classrooms for years to come.

Fund for Teachers 2015 Eligibility and Requirements

The application process to become a 2015 Kansas City Fund for Teachers Fellow is open until 4 p.m. CST, January 29, 2015. Apply at www.FundforTeachers.org.


The Kauffman Foundation's support of Donors Choose provides match funding for classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org by public school teachers in the Greater Kansas City area.

Leading Educators

Leading Educators is a selective, two-year fellowship program that leverages effective instructional leaders to help bolster the capacity of schools to support improvements in student achievement and retain talented educators.

Learning by Example

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

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.

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.

Kauffman's Trending Topics in 2014: Entrepreneurship Education, Startup Ecosystems, K-12 Teacher Development and Baseball

12/16/14 2014 has been another year of prolific online content distribution for the Kauffman Foundation, which annually assesses what topics net the most attention as one way to gauge priorities among its entrepreneurship and youth education audiences.

New Kauffman ‘Thoughtbook’ Explores Ideas That Drive Progress through Education, Entrepreneurship

11/12/14 First-time digital format features dozens of essays, interviews, photos and videos by Foundation leaders, associates and experts engaged in areas related to Kauffman’s mission

Applications Now Open for Kansas City Educators to 'Dream Big'

10/01/14 The Kauffman Foundation renews its partnership with Fund for Teachers to help enrich the personal and professional growth of Kansas City's educators.