New Video from Kauffman Foundation to Aid Teacher Recruitment in Kansas City

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Barb Schulte, 816-932-1103,, Kauffman Foundation

'Teach in Kansas City. Make a Difference' shares city highlights, emphasizes opportunities for educators to shape student outcomes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 19, 2013) – Students in Kansas City deserve the best possible public education and the highest-quality teachers leading their classrooms.

While dedicated teachers committed to closing the achievement gap are working hard throughout the metropolitan area, more are needed.

Delivering those messages and sharing the opportunities available to teachers in Kansas City are the goals of a new four-minute video created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The video, titled "Teach in Kansas City. Make a Difference," captures the challenges facing our local education system, the school leadership opportunities available, and the lifestyle, economic and cultural advantages Kansas City has to offer teachers and their families.

"Improving academic and life outcomes for students in Kansas City is at the heart of our mission at the Kauffman Foundation," said Aaron North, director of education. "We are committed to bringing great teacher candidates to the area, as well as inspiring and supporting those already working here. We believe this video will be a valuable new tool for our community's teacher recruitment efforts."

The video is being distributed to local school districts, state and regional education organizations, and civic and economic development organizations. They are encouraged to use the video in presentations and meetings with teaching candidates and share it via their websites and social media channels.

"The important messages in this video will surely resonate with teachers looking to advance their careers," North said. "We hope they will be inspired to consider Kansas City as the place where they can make the biggest difference in students' lives."

The Kauffman Foundation worked in collaboration with Barkley Blacktop to produce the "Teach in Kansas City. Make a Difference" video.

To view and download the video, visit