The Kauffman Foundation invests in a pipeline of effective professional development opportunities to strengthen teachers and school leaders. As a national philanthropic model, Education Rising uses strategic partnerships to build a network of support for a community of educators.
TEACH Kansas City offers the support and resources both aspiring and experienced educators need to navigate the teaching profession. Everything needed to become a teacher in one place, for free.
In order to truly close the race- and ethnicity-based opportunity and achievement gaps in education, teachers must be provided with the culturally responsive strategies, tools, and resources needed to ensure their classrooms maximize the learning of all students, and in particular those who have been historically most marginalized by our education system.
City Year, a part of AmeriCorps, helps to close gaps in high-need schools by supporting students' academic and social-economic development while also providing schools with the additional capacity to enhance school culture and climate. The Kauffman Foundation worked to bring City Year to Kansas City.
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Incubated at the Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) recruits, prepares, develops, places, and retains mission-oriented individuals who want to make a deep commitment to working in high-need urban schools in the Kansas City area.
Teach for America finds outstanding leaders who commit to expanding educational opportunity, beginning with at least two years teaching in an under-resourced public school. The Kauffman Foundation worked to bring Teach for America opportunities to Kansas City.