Teachers and Leaders

There is a need to prepare greater numbers of teachers, leaders and administrators to effectively serve students facing challenging circumstances. We recognize and celebrate educators for the lives they change every day. 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 support new teachers, especially underrepresented educators, to be trained and enter into the profession better prepared.

Amplify KC 2018

A vision of truth, love, and equity

AmplifyKC: An empowered community of educators to lead for equity.

Not just a high school diploma

Technology will transform the American workforce, which requires education to transform, as well.

Student first, collaboration always | City Year Kansas City

Students first, collaboration always

One of City Year’s core values, the commitment to partner and collaborate with every student stakeholder to maximize impact, is recognized in Kansas City.


Supporting Diverse Educators

Increasing and supporting educators of color is paramount to serve our increasingly diverse classrooms. We support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Middle-Eastern educators by bringing them together for an annual conference, AmplifyKC, as well as elevating awareness through data and investing in organizations that support districts in developing inclusive environments.

Amplify KC

Education Rising

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.

KC's Hub for Urban Educators

Kansas City Teacher Residency

The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) recruits, prepares, and supports effective teachers in urban classrooms to make a difference in the lives of Kansas City students.

This one-year residency program for college graduates and professionals pairs residents with mentor teachers and immerses them in rigorous coursework that leads to a Master's of Education from Park University and Missouri teacher certification.

Become a Teacher Resident