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 learn to read by third grade, and supporting high quality charter schools and other educational innovations.
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