Why Kansas City Should Be at the Top of Your List

Kansas City, MO is just appearing on the map of education reform hotspots. Here, you can be a true pioneer in helping shape the future of education. If you’re a visionary who wants to help envision and build something that doesn’t exist yet, KC is the place for you.

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About Our Work in Kansas City

Known as the City of Fountains, Kansas City sits at the center of the United States and in the heart of the Midwest. Kansas City may have a dividing line separating Kansas and Missouri, but the city operates as one unique place to explore education, culture, and fabulous barbeque. With almost 25,000 students served by Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) and other local charters, education is a top priority for Mayor Sylvester Turner. After losing state accreditation earlier this decade and with a decline in enrollment in traditional public schools, Kansas City has been working hard to rebuild its reputation. This started with a successful strategic plan to regain accreditation status in the 2014-2015 school year based on the academic gains made by KCPS students. This past year, Kansas City, MO (KCMO) appointed a new superintendent and has also begun to prioritize an investment in the support systems that ensure an equitable education for all students, including investments in technology with the integration of Google Fiber, partnerships with local universities to prepare graduates for a successful future, and talent with organizations like Teach For America and Education Pioneers.

The Kauffman Foundation introduced the Education Rising commitment to bring high-achieving education professionals together who will prepare and lead Kansas City to make major changes for all students across the city. As part of this strategic initiative, Education Pioneers joins organizations such as City Year, Teach For America, the Kansas City Teacher Residency, and Leading Educators to prepare, develop and support individuals at varying levels of their career who will bring sustainable and successful changes to Kansas City.

Education Pioneers launched in Kansas City in 2016, recruiting and placing five Fellows who brought their diverse perspectives and experiences to education organizations throughout the city.  Education Pioneers is committed to the changes proposed by Kauffman Foundation through Education Rising, and we will continue to grow our presence through our short-term summer track and long-term career track Fellowships with partners such as Kansas City Public Schools, Teach for America KC, and PrepKC.

Local Contact


Blue Hills Community Service
Kansas City Mayor's Office
Kansas City Public Schools
Kansas City Teacher Residency
Kauffman Scholars
KC Neighborhood Academy
Lean Lab
St. Louis Public Schools


The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation