Kauffman Teacher-Leader Fellowship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman School (Kauffman School) seeks highly-effective teachers to join the Kauffman Teacher-Leader Fellowship (KTLF). The KTLF will expose fellows to best practices, provide collaboration opportunities, and support teachers in increasing their effectiveness in the classroom. By providing opportunities for excellent teachers to develop into future leaders, the KTLF will develop and retain talent in Kansas City in order to reform the educational landscape.

KTL Fellowship


 KTL Fellows will participate in the program for the duration of one-year. Additionally, fellows will receive:

  • Monthly professional development opportunities: Common Core professional development series, select Leading Educators professional development sessions, problem solving communities, and classroom engagement and culture session
  • Access to Kauffman School resources
  • High-performing classroom observations and best practices


Teachers from all grade levels and subject areas are open to apply with a supporting nomination from their current program advisor (ex. Teach For America MTLD or Leading Educators Coach).  The Kauffman School will also nominate qualified candidates.

  •  Qualifications:
    • Believe deeply in the potential of all children
    • Data tracker shows evidence of student growth
    • Supporting nomination from advisor (examples included MTLD, LE Coach, Instructional Coach)
    • Official programming begins August 2015

Interested teachers should complete the following steps by June 1st:

  • Notify your program advisor of your interest in the KTLF
  • Submit application documents:
    • Resume and tailored cover letter
    • Student data tracker
    • One of the following: Video of your classroom OR Work samples (one unit plan, one week of lesson plans, example student work)

Interested corps members should submit their resume, tailored cover letter, and student data tracker to Candace Potter, Please note that the classroom video/work samples requires separate submission instructions (see below).

1. Resume and tailored cover letter

Applicants should tailor their cover letter to the following topics:

  • Share any significant academic gains you achieved with students, citing specific evidence and/or data
  • Highlight your vision for your upcoming year of teaching and how the Fellowship will help you
  • Provide specific evidence of your alignment with the Fellowship’s vision for reforming the educational landscape of Kansas City by investing in and developing educators

2. Student data tracker

3. Classroom video OR work samples

  • Classroom video: Applicants should submit a video to demonstrate classroom routines, instruction, and management while also highlighting teacher strengths. Follow the video submission guidelines here.
  • Work samples: Applicants should submit one unit plan, one week of lesson plans, and student work.
“KTLF has provided me with a wealth of knowledge about the needs of my students. It has given me a safe environment to learn and practice new teaching techniques that can be applied to my classroom the next day. KTLF is a positive and supportive group of people who have experienced the same challenges that I am facing every day. It has given me tools to help improve my own teaching in order to provide the best possible education for my students during my first years of teaching.” -Hayley Steel, Southwest Early College Campus