Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

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Our Children, Our Schools

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Education Program

Giving all students and teachers what they need to succeed.



Students in the Great Lakes region and throughout the country need to enter kindergarten ready to succeed, and must graduate high school prepared for their futures. But more than half either fail to graduate on time or graduate unprepared for college-level work. Many also lack the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce. Through innovative policies and programs, the Joyce Foundation aims to turn this trend around.

Our Approach

Teacher Quality

Every child deserves an outstanding teacher, and decades of research shows that excellent teachers are the key to student success, especially for those falling behind. The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to ensure teachers are properly prepared before they enter the classroom, receive meaningful evaluations, and get the support and career opportunities they need to excel. We must all commit to helping teachers become great and to attracting more talented adults into the profession. Learn More.

Kindergarten Readiness

Research shows that more than half of the achievement gap between poor and non-poor children exists at kindergarten entry. Low-income children are most at risk because their parents often lack access to academically and developmentally rich materials, and many do not have high-quality preschool teachers. The Joyce Foundation supports policy-focused research that helps engage families in the educational process and helps ensure our youngest learners have top-notch educators. Learn More.

Joint Fund for Education and Employment

In order to support more children, youth, and adults in becoming college and career ready, the Joint Fund focuses on: 1) creating clear paths within and between secondary and postsecondary institutions that incorporate academics and real world learning applications; 2) building personal success skills necessary for academic, work, and life success; and 3) promoting strategies to increase student engagement in learning. Learn More.

Latest News From The Education Program

Changing the Chicago Public Schools Narrative

Stephanie Banchero of the Joyce Foundation and Robin Steans of Advance Illinois, co-authored a commentary in the Chicago Tribune.

9/24/2015 9:55:00 AM

Deans for Impact Releases “Science for Learning”

Joyce-grantee Deans for Impact, a new non-profit representing leaders in educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field, released its...

8/4/2015 2:37:00 PM

New Findings on Effectiveness of Teacher Development

The New Teacher Project just released a new report on teacher development.


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