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.
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.
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.
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?"
In the district/charter tug-of-war, what matters most is students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read stories about our work in education.
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.
A new study emphasizing the importance of teachers of color is no surprise to Corey Scholes.
Literacy KC has adapted, evolved – even moved – to meet the need and expand the benefits of literacy to individuals, families, and the community.
To those who take responsibility for how their actions, or inactions, affect the success of all students, I am grateful.