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Program History

The Joyce Foundation is committed to improving education in Midwest cities, especially by eliminating the barriers that prevent low-income students and children of color from reaching their full educational potential. The Foundation is a long-time supporter of Chicago school reform, and has also worked in Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, and currently in Indianapolis and Minneapolis.

Over the years, Joyce has explored a variety of strategies, including school finance, parent organizing, educational technology, charter schools, and early childhood education; it has also consistently supported research identifying and evaluating promising new strategies.

Because research shows that having a first-rate teacher has an enormous impact on student achievement, the Foundation now concentrates the bulk of its grant making on improving teacher quality. It also continues to support other strategies for addressing the achievement gap, including making sure children are kindergarten ready, and scaling educational approaches that increase student engagement in learning.

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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