Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared for education beyond high school would be positioned to lead economically independent, personally fulfilling lives. Our education strategy focuses on giving more Kansas City students access to high-quality education options and opportunities, from early childhood through postsecondary attainment.

To achieve this vision, we invest in schools, programs, and research to support the development of teachers and leaders, quality public schools, and education innovations. This will ensure more Kansas City students are entering kindergarten ready to learn, attending high-quality schools, and earning postsecondary degrees and credentials.

What's New in Education

MAY 05, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Individual Schools Grants

Know a Kansas City school who would benefit from an Individual Schools Grant? Here are five things schools need to know before applying.

MAY 04, 2016

Data and Education – Q&A with Author of the New Book Data Literacy for Educators

Arnobio Morelix does Q&A with Kauffman's Edith Gummer on her new book, Data Literacy for Educators

MAY 03, 2016

Individual Schools

Our “Individual Schools” grants program is accepting applications from district, charter and private schools in the five-county metro area until Dec. 1.

MAY 03, 2016

Starting Young: Helping Latinos Succeed in School

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund recently named early education as one of its priority initiatives. Executive Director, Mayra Aguirre, discusses why this issue is so important for the Latino community.

APRIL 28, 2016

4.0 Schools Eyes Kansas City as the Next Hub for Education Innovation

Organization will partner with The Lean Lab to expand, train more education entrepreneurs to solve problems facing public schools

APRIL 26, 2016

Swimming in the Deluge of Data

Christopher Laubenthal, program officer in Education, describes the difference between data availability and accessibility and how EdWise can be used as a tool for those trying to dissect information.

APRIL 26, 2016

Thirty nine new teacher residents ready to start work

Innovative program modeled from medical residencies prepares aspiring teachers to become effective urban educators

APRIL 19, 2016

Twelve Kansas City Educators Chosen for Coveted National Principal Academy Fellowship

After a rigorous selection process, 12 local principals and school leaders have been chosen for a prestigious national professional development program.

APRIL 19, 2016

Top Four Reasons the Kansas City Leadership Cohort Kick-off was a Knockout Success

12 local education leaders assemble to build a bench of future leaders.

APRIL 14, 2016

Experience #KCGreatSchools in 20 Tweets

Great Schools visits create new dialogues about public education and how to raise expectations for what’s possible in Kansas City public schools.

APRIL 12, 2016

Music to My Ears: Improving Early Education in Jackson County

Three obstacles for Kansas City schools Mayor Sly James touched on in this year’s State of the City address—recruiting diverse teachers, access to high-quality schools and retaining quality teachers—don’t just affect K-12, but start in early education programs.

APRIL 11, 2016

Study Ranks U.S. Seed Accelerators

As we take a hard look at accelerators this week, eight seed accelerators were recently singled out as the cream of the crop in the 2016 Seed Accelerator Rankings. Even those only casually familiar with the startup space in the U.S. have probably heard of 500 Startups (Silicon Valley), Techstars (Boulder) and Y Combinator (Silicon Valley). Those three were joined by Alchemist (San Francisco), Amplify LA (Los Angeles), Angelpad (New York), Chicago New Venture Challenge (Chicago) and MuckerLab (Los Angeles) as the top tier of accelerators in the U.S.

APRIL 11, 2016

Kauffman School Student is One of Eight in Nation Chosen as Youth Ambassador to South America

Jacob Esquivel, 15, will spend three weeks living with a host family and learning about local culture, visiting schools, volunteering

APRIL 07, 2016

New Book Authored by Kauffman Foundation Researcher

Book provides a roadmap for integrating data literacy into teacher preparation programs

APRIL 06, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Announces Kansas Citys 2016 Fund for Teachers Fellows

National program allows Kansas City educators to embark on professional development opportunities around the world

APRIL 05, 2016

From Preparation to Placement, Personal Fit Matters for Teachers

Senior fellow, Alicia Herald, explains how teachers' understanding of their learning style and values can ensure the right placement within schools.

APRIL 05, 2016

What Can We Learn from Kansas City's Early Education Report?

MARCH 15, 2016

3 to 5 from 75: Collaborating to Increase Postsecondary Attainment

Beth Tankersley-Bankhead, director of postsecondary initiatives, introduces the network of organizations working to support degree attainment in our region.

MARCH 08, 2016

As Education Innovation Evolves, Questions Remain

Edith Gummer, research director in Education, leaves the State of Entrepreneurship address with further questions around education and innovation.

JANUARY 26, 2016

Two Emails I am Keeping in 2016

Aaron North, Kauffman's vice president of Education, talks about the impact of two emails he received last year.

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