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Education Program Strategy: Teacher Quality

Goal: We support efforts to improve federal, state, and district polices to ensure students, especially those in high-need schools in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis, have access to teachers who are highly trained, properly evaluated, and well supported.

Theory of Change: Decades of research prove that excellent teachers are the key to student success, but too few students have access to top-notch educators. This is especially true for low-income and minority children, who are far more likely to be in classrooms with the least effective teachers. Therefore, it is important to develop policies that help attract high-caliber candidates into the profession, ensure they are properly trained before entering preK–12th grade classrooms, and guarantee they receive meaningful evaluations and get the support and career opportunities they need.

The Joyce Approach

Arrive classroom ready help ensure teachers are properly prepared for today’s diverse classrooms

  • Fund research to better understand the skills teachers need to be successful when they enter the classroom, and fund policy development and advocacy to promote better data systems and stronger partnerships between school districts and teacher training programs.

Make results count – refine evaluations to ensure they accurately measure teacher effectiveness

  • Fund research, policy development, and advocacy to help refine teacher evaluations in Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, to ensure the new systems produce data that accurately measures effectiveness and helps guide teacher supports.

Help teachers improve – build a profession that offers top-notch professional development and career opportunities

  • Support research and policy development to help transform teaching into a profession that attracts – and keeps – the brightest minds by ensuring teachers have career pathways and clear guidance for improvement.
8/9/2016 10:45:00 AM

Sameer Gadkaree Joins the Joyce Foundation

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

Joyce Foundation Awards $13.7 Million in Grants to Advance Policies on Climate Change, Great Lakes Protection, Gun Violence Prevention, and Workforce Development​


The Joyce Foundation Announces $10.2 Million in Grants

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.


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