Kauffman Foundation News (1/27/11): “An Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf” – Kauffman Foundation Ideas at Work

Ideas and Insights
This edition of Ideas at Work features the Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a partnership with Princeton University Press dedicated to publishing general interest and scholarly books focused on economic growth and expanding human welfare.

An Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf:
Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship features books by leading scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines and perspectives on topics related to economic growth and the expansion of human welfare.
The series is a collaborative effort between the Kauffman Foundation, Princeton University Press, and the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at New York University. It seeks to publish the best scholarship in innovation and entrepreneurial research, from general interest titles to more scholarly works. Each title sheds lights on an aspect of entrepreneurship to enlighten and encourage readers to look more deeply into the field. More about the books…>>http://www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/kauffman-series-on-innovation-and-entrepreneurship.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011

More news from the Foundation:
Enrollment Opens for Kauffman School
Enrollment is under way for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School. The charter school will enroll 100 fifth-grade students for its first year, adding a new grade each year until the school is complete from grades five through twelve. The school is tuition-free and will serve students living within the Kansas City, Missouri, School District boundaries. School leaders are hosting community meetings over the next several weeks for prospective school families to learn more about the school and complete enrollment forms. The enrollment period will run through March 11. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-school-enrollment-begins-january-10.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011

A Conversation with Wendy Kopp
Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America, discusses the need to build a critical mass of support for the education reform movement and her organization’s commitment to provide all students with a transformative educational experience. Watch the video…>>http://www.kauffman.org/KauffmanMultimedia.aspx?VideoId=757623401001&type=R

Kauffman Honors Distinguished Researchers
Alexander Ljungqvist, D.Phil., New York University, has been awarded the 2011 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Prize Medal was established in 2005 to inspire young scholars to contribute new insight into the field of entrepreneurship. In addition to honoring Ljungqvist’s work, the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program has recognized fifteen exceptional doctoral students to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-honors-promising-scholars-for-ground-breaking-research-in-entrepreneurship.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011

Kauffman Labs Unveils Inaugural Education Ventures Class
Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation has selected its inaugural class of the Education Ventures Program. The program will immerse twenty-five aspiring entrepreneurs in an intensive, hands-on program designed to catalyze the creation of high-growth companies in the education sector. After the program drew nearly 800 applicants from around the world, forty-five aspiring founders were chosen to travel to Kauffman Labs in Kansas City to take part in a three-day boot camp, putting the finalists through a number of creative exercises. Members of the inaugural class were selected based on their ability to problem solve, work in teams, think on their feet, and adapt to challenges that they are likely to face in the market. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-labs-unveils-inaugural-class-of-education-ventures-program.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011

Foundation Partners to Stimulate Economic Growth
The Arthur & Carlyse Ciocca Foundation-founded by Arthur Ciocca, chairman and owner of The Wine Group, Inc., and his wife, Carlyse-has made a $600,000 gift to help scale the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurial programming. Specifically, the gift increases the number of participants in the Foundation’s Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation initiative, which recruits and trains aspiring entrepreneurs who have the potential to launch transformative, billion-dollar companies. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-and-arthur-and-carlyse-ciocca-foundation-partner-to-stimulate-economic-growth.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011

Study Examines Teacher Quality in Kansas City, Missouri
A new report issued by the National Council on Teacher Quality outlines shortcomings and makes recommendations to improve the Kansas City, Missouri, School District’s teacher policies. The report finds that the combination of a restrictive bargaining agreement, misguided state laws, and historically poor district management have led to a system that has prioritized the interests of adults over the needs of students. The fifty-page report, supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation with additional funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is framed around five policy goals, pertaining to staffing, work culture (including teacher attendance), evaluations, tenure, and compensation. Read more…>> http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/building-teacher-quality-in-the-kansas-city-missouri-school-district.aspx?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Opticast&utm_campaign=Ideas_At_Work_1_2011