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 27, 2016

Save a Little, Gain a Lot: Cultivating College-Saver Identities

Children's Savings Accounts have been shown to promote college-savings identities among students and families. Melinda Lewis, Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas, shares information about using these accounts as a tool for postsecondary attainment.

MAY 26, 2016

Good Reads: Communities Schools Race

Aaron North offers three suggested readings on community ownership in public education.

MAY 24, 2016

A Personal Thank You Note to Some KC MVPs

5 years have passed since the Kauffman School opened its doors. Hear Aaron North thank the teachers and leaders who have been with the school since day one.

MAY 19, 2016

Collaboration and Creativity in Funding Early Education

Whitney Hosty, senior philanthropic advisor at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, discusses ways in which donors can contribute to improving early education in our community.

MAY 17, 2016

2016 High School Seniors are Reaching Higher

Each spring, Kauffman Scholars celebrates Decision Day, in which graduating seniors are recognized for making their final college selection.

MAY 12, 2016

The Future of School: Innovation, Community, Kansas City

With a relentless focus on families and students, Matt Candler, Founder and CEO of 4.0 Schools, discusses their partnership with The Lean Lab to bring new opportunities for education innovation to Kansas City.

MAY 10, 2016

Policy Priorities Make Data Work for Kids

Getting quality, timely and actionable information to those who need it most helps students succeed. Data Quality Campaign's Paige Kowalski outlines four recommendations on building data systems for policymakers.

MAY 05, 2016

Early Education Funders Collaborative

The Collaborative supports improvements in early childhood education systems and increased options and opportunities for families in the region.

MAY 05, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Individual Schools Grants

Know a Kansas City school that 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

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.

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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