Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears

An initiative to bolster efforts in six Midwest states to help working-age adults who need to expand their skills.

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

Skills For Chicagoland's Future

New City Of Chicago And Cook County Program To Put Chicagoans Back To Work

Employment Program

Employment Program

Creating Economic Opportunity


Foundational Skills

Foundational Skills

Goal: Provide underprepared adults in the region with the foundational skills needed to be successful in 21st century work and technical training.

Theory of Change: New digital instructional tools provide an opportunity to reach the 35 million Americans who need to upgrade their skills but more needs to be done to understand what technology works, for whom, and how best to deploy it.

The Joyce Approach

  • Produce and spread evidence about the effectiveness of digital learning tools to help adults acquire essential basic skills;
  • Stimulate interest in digital tools for adult learning among key stakeholder groups, including educational institutions and instructors; investors, including philanthropy, private capital investors, and policy makers; and developers;
  • Build the capacity of educational institutions and instructors to select and purchase learning technologies and effectively incorporate them into courses and programs;
9/28/2015 4:54:00 PM

2015 Shifting Gears Report Released

New workforce development strategies in 3 Midwestern states chart path for low-skilled adult workers to gain foothold in changing economy.


Joyce Foundation Approves 45 Grants

On April 21, 2015 the Joyce Foundation Board of Directors approved 45 grants spanning 7 programmatic priorities.

3/31/2015 10:43:00 AM

Research Shows Technology Has the Potential to Reshape Adult Education

Landmark national survey of adult educators shows tremendous opportunity for instructional technology to dramatically improve and expand adult basic education...


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