The Kauffman Foundation brought the national Fund for Teachers program to Kansas City to help improve teacher quality and to retain and attract great teachers.

Fund for Teachers provides grants to pre-K–12 educators who identify learning opportunities for themselves or their students. These teachers design educational experiences that take them around the world to enrich their practice and classroom.

Founded in 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested more than $23.5 million in close to 6,300 educators from across America, catalyzing experiential learning in 141 countries on all continents.

Each year, the Kauffman Foundation, in partnership with Fund for Teachers, provides grants to Kansas City teachers who embark on odysseys across the globe to gain experiences that will transform their careers and classrooms.

Here more about some of their experiences.

My trip to Boston for World Music Drumming's "Drumming Up the Fun!" was the most inspiring and educational fellowship of my life! My musical and teacher heart are full, and I cannot wait to share what I learned with my students, fellow teachers, and community.
— Jenny Potter, music teacher,
Hope Leadership Academy
2014 Fund for Teachers Fellow