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Banchero Joins Joyce Foundation From Wall Street Journal


4/28/2014

Stephanie Banchero will join the Joyce Foundation in May as Senior Program Officer for the Education Program. Ms. Banchero, who most recently worked as the Wall Street Journal national education reporter, will help lead the foundation’s $8 million annual education grant portfolio.

“I’m delighted to have Stephanie join the Joyce Foundation,” Ellen S. Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation, said. “We’ve followed her reporting of national education issues for years, and she demonstrates a rich understanding of the issues facing America’s educators, parents and students. I know she will do an outstanding job leading our work to identify and elevate the policies and practices that will help children succeed in the classroom.”

Currently, the Education Program focuses on improving the quality of teachers in high-need schools, while also promoting high-quality charter schools and policies aimed at ensuring that children can read by the third grade. During the search process, the Education Program was shepherded by Education Program Officer Jason Quiara. Together, Ms. Banchero and Mr. Quiara will review the Foundation’s grant making priorities and assess future policy-oriented opportunities to improve student achievement and close achievement gaps.

While at the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Banchero wrote extensively about many of the issues the Joyce Foundation addresses, including teacher effectiveness and charter schools. And, for 13 years she covered education for the Chicago Tribune. Her nationally recognized reporting has received first place awards from the National Education Writers Association, the Missouri School of Journalism, The Harry Chapin Media Award and an honorable mention from the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families. She was also awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Fellowship in journalism at Stanford University.

Ms. Banchero holds a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Utah in Communications and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a past president of the National Education Writers Association.

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