The overall goal of the Education strategy is that students of all ages in Kansas City are prepared for learning, work, and life after graduation, enabling them to be economically independent, contributing members of their communities.
How we measure our work: Academic performance gaps between Kansas City and the state, including kindergarten readiness, K-12 proficiency, and postsecondary completion rates will be closed.
We focus on five main areas in service of our strategy: postsecondary, K-12, early childhood education, teachers and leaders, and community engagement.
The time to provide real-world learning opportunities – for all students – is now.
By Aaron North
All members of the first graduating class of the Kauffman School have been admitted to college.
By Keith Mays, Matt Pozel, and Matt Long
The watershed decision of Brown v. Board integrated America’s schools, but not the teacher workforce.
By Keith Mays
Kansas City's population has the postsecondary credentials necessary to meet regional workforce needs through opportunities like:
Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
We work to ensure that all students are prepared and graduate high school ready for college and/or career through:
Real World Learning
Individual Schools Grants
Great Schools Visits
We prioritize closing achievement and equity gaps, while also exploring the integration of Real World Learning approaches into the K-12 grant portfolio.
More students are entering kindergarten ready to learn through investments that support quality improvements in early learning programs in the Kansas City region.
Through the Early Education Grant Fund, we support increased access to and quality of early childhood programs in the Kansas City region and are impacting ~12,000 children ages birth to five in the region, at least 40% of whom are from low-income families and are children of color.
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, such as:
Kansas City Teacher Residency
Teach for America
TEACH Kansas City
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.
Increased community engagement and support sustains the impact of our investments over time. The effectiveness and resiliency of pre-K through grade 12 and postsecondary sectors are increased through scalable innovations, like:
Parent Power Lab
Great Schools Visits
Change the Odds KC
We aim to engage at least 3,000 local community members in Foundation-supported initiatives designed to build alignment and interest, and will provide feedback in strategically critical areas.
Read stories about our work in education.
In a live panel broadcast from Rethink Ed, those working to provide students with real world opportunities discuss how these experiences cultivate the skills and mindsets students need to be successful.
If the purpose of high school is to prepare students for the real world, does it? A recent survey of students, parents, and employers finds that real world skills are more important than ever.
Choosing to invest in the complicated task of evolving education to "future-proof" workers is smarter than trying to future-proof jobs.
Deidre Anderson shares three goals to make quality early education accessible for all children under the age of 5.