Learning together for educational success.

We are working with our community to ensure success in education for students in the Kansas City region, starting from early childhood education to postsecondary access and completion. We support teachers and school leaders, encourage civic engagement, spur innovation, and strive for quality education and access to opportunities for all.

65% of jobs will require a postsecondary credential by 2020.

Current Kansas City postsecondary access and completion rates are inadequate to meet this postsecondary need. More specifically:

  • There is a need for more high-quality K-12 school options.

  • There is a need to better prepare greater numbers of teachers, leaders, and administrators to effectively serve students.

  • There is a need for more widely accepted proof points to stimulate belief that all students can meet high expectations.

  • There is a need to reduce personal and systemic barriers preventing students from earning postsecondary credentials.

  • There is a need for community engagement to develop innovative approaches to improving student outcomes.
Rethink Ed 2018 | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Time to rethink education: casting a vision for learning and work in the future

As the final hours and minutes of another school year tick away, it’s time to consider the lessons that will be most important to us moving forward.

Alex, virtual reality classroom instructor

What if your favorite teacher was a robot?

The question isn’t, "Can artificial intelligence replace a human teacher?" It can. The technology is here. The question is, "How can professional development evolve to create a pipeline of exceptional educators that AI will aid, rather than replace?"

Kansas City district vs. charter schools

Rethink the charter and district debate: The middle ground

In the district/charter tug-of-war, what matters most is students.

Education Focus Areas

Early Childhood Education

Quality early education is key to a strong local economy by improving educational outcomes, reducing negative future behavior, and increasing more parents in the workforce. We work with a collaborative of funders to expand access to quality early childhood education and elevate models that work.

Learn together

Quality Schools

In our region, the need to increase accountability and high-quality options across all grades (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) is key. We invest in the most promising public schools that put low-income children on a path to post-secondary success. Supporting access to the best possible public schools cuts across all debates and ideologies to get to the heart of what matters for students and families: a quality school close to home.

Schools We Support

Postsecondary Access and Completion

There is a need to reduce barriers, preventing students from earning college degrees and other postsecondary credentials. We focus on programs that increase not only access to college and credentials, but success.

Pathways for Success

Teachers and Leaders

There is a need to prepare greater numbers of teachers, leaders and administrators to effectively serve students facing challenging circumstances. The Kauffman Foundation supports a wide range of programs that connect educators to professional development opportunities, giving them a chance to innovate and improve teaching techniques. We recognize and celebrate educators for the lives they change every day. We support new teachers, especially underrepresented educators, to be trained and enter into the profession better prepared.
Professional Pipeline

Innovation and Engagement

Communities, and the organizations that serve them, can achieve more together through collaboration than any one of us can achieve on our own. Authentic community engagement is essential to advancing student success. The Kauffman Foundation works to listen, learn, examine data, and make investments that have the best return for the students who are most often overlooked and underrepresented.

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Currents // Education

Read stories about our work in education.

Uncommon Voices

Uncommon voices

You might have to intentionally look beneath all the rethinking, reimagining, frustration, and setbacks of 2018 to see progress, but it was there. The sparks of progress were lit, and kept burning, by some uncommon folks.

Corey Scholes and family

Representation matters

A new study emphasizing the importance of teachers of color is no surprise to Corey Scholes.

Literacy KC

Scaling literacy education with the approach of a startup

Literacy KC has adapted, evolved – even moved – to meet the need and expand the benefits of literacy to individuals, families, and the community.

Thankful for the often thankless work of those who work with students

Thankful for often thankless work

To those who take responsibility for how their actions, or inactions, affect the success of all students, I am grateful.

Who is Generation A?