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.

Economics and Teacher Prep: Higher Standards Needed

02/24/15 Kauffman researcher Christopher Laubenthal explores challenges of teacher training in the 21st century in his "Human Capital and the Economy" series.

Are We Smart Enough to Take Advantage of our Economic Opportunities?

02/17/15 Kauffman researcher Christopher Laubenthal investigates if we are smart enough to take advantage of our economic opportunities on his Human Capital and the Economy series.


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.

Fund for Teachers 2015 Eligibility and Requirements

Fund for Teachers is a national program that helps teachers identify and pursue self-directed learning opportunities around the globe that have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students and their school communities.

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.

Fund for Teachers

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

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.