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

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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 graduate high school prepared for their futures. But, more than half either fail to graduate on time or graduate unprepared for college-level work. Through innovative policies and programs that aim to close achievement gaps between student groups, 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 research that is focused on making teacher evaluations more meaningful, giving all teachers the tools they need to become great, and rewarding them for excellence. We must all commit to helping teachers become great and attracting more talented adults into the profession. Learn More.

Early Reading

Experts agree that students who cannot read well by the end of third grade struggle to graduate from high school. The Joyce Foundation supports policy-focused research to help provide pre-K through third grade teachers with more training on how to better teach reading paired with the support and development of better tools to measure student progress to improve a teacher’s ability to teach this critical skill. Learn More.


Charter schools remain one of the nation’s most promising efforts to produce more excellent public schools, especially for low-income students and communities of color. Yet 20 years after the first charter school law was passed, too many states focus largely on expansion at the expense of quality. The Joyce Foundation supports efforts to increase demand for high-quality charter schools, and the Foundation works with grantees to improve the public’s and policy makers’ understanding of which policies improve charter schools. Learn More.

Latest News From The Education Program

3/4/2015 1:47:00 PM

Making K-12 'Innovation' Live Up to Its Hype

EducationWeek features a piece by program officer Matthew Muench on science-based innovation in education.

1/28/2015 9:25:00 AM

Joyce Launches Joint Fund, Bridging Education and Employment

New focus looks for innovations in education and job readiness from cradle to career.

12/16/2014 3:36:00 PM

Personalized Learning In Chicago Public School

Chicago Tonight reports on Wildwood World elementary school’s innovative use of technology and personalized learning.


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