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.
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6/25/2015 12:53:00 PM
The Chicago chapter of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) released its first policy memo on how to better align professional development to teacher needs.
6/22/2015 4:15:00 PM
Joyce congratulates the Chicago-based Noble Network of Charter Schools for winning the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.