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
8/9/2016 10:45:00 AM
Education and workforce development expert Sameer Gadkaree is joining the Joyce Foundation as a Senior Program Officer.
7/28/2016 9:32:00 AM
Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development
In April, 50 grants totaling $10.2 million were approved by the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors to further address pressing economic and social challenges.