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Kauffman Education Fellowship

Kauffman Education Fellowship

Strengthening engagement in education

Kauffman Education Fellows are local leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to improve education

Watch: “Kauffman Education Fellowship – Strengthening Engagement in Education” | 3:45”

Founded in 2018, the Kauffman Education Fellowship empowers community leaders to make a real difference in education. Over the course of nine months, Fellows examine pressing issues in education, explore equity in schools, and learn the fundamentals of community organizing. At the conclusion of the 2019-2020 program, 97% of Fellows reported a better understanding of education in the Kansas City region, and 100% stated they are dedicated to advocating for quality education. The Fellowship draws from diverse leaders in the Kansas City area.

Currently open by invitation only, Fellowship Alumni nominate potential Fellows from the nonprofit, corporate, and faith sectors.

Fellows form a network of citizen-advocates dedicated to maximizing student potential, driving the Kansas City economy, and building thriving communities

In the Fellowship, participants:

  • LEARN about education and equity
    Sessions feature experts on: the history of education, race, and equity; school accountability; school funding; school governance; early childhood education; and real world learning.
  • EXPERIENCE what’s possible in education
    Fellows visit local and national high-performing schools and innovative education programs.
  • EQUIP themselves with community organizing tools
    Fellows learn key elements of advocacy, including: leadership, power, self-interest, and civic engagement.
  • ACT to improve education in local communities
    Fellows lead community discussions, attend school meetings, and serve on education boards and committees.

Fellowship Results 2019-2020


developed valuable new connections



better understand education in KC



will advocate for quality education


The Kauffman Education Fellowship provided me with more pragmatic tools, relationships, and experience to responsibly and sustainably serve our community.

— 2019 Fellow