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10 Years Of Teacher Quality

A look back on how the movement started and what’s next.


A decade ago, Joyce decided to fund research and advocacy on the importance of placing a highly effective teacher in each classroom, the best ways to identify and reward excellent teachers, and ways to support those who need additional help improving their work.

Coinciding with our ten-year focus on teacher quality, Bellwether has released Genuine Progress, Greater Challenges, a report that documents how the teacher quality movement took hold and propelled policy changes in dozens of states. Along with the report, the interactive narrative above tells the story of progress to date and priorities ahead.

In the next ten years to implement and improve upon the policies we know work best for students and teachers. Children need this. Parents demand this. Teachers deserve this.


Latest News From The Education Program

Changing the Chicago Public Schools Narrative

Stephanie Banchero of the Joyce Foundation and Robin Steans of Advance Illinois, co-authored a commentary in the Chicago Tribune.

9/24/2015 9:55:00 AM

Deans for Impact Releases “Science for Learning”

Joyce-grantee Deans for Impact, a new non-profit representing leaders in educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field, released its...

8/4/2015 2:37:00 PM

New Findings on Effectiveness of Teacher Development

The New Teacher Project just released a new report on teacher development.

6/25/2015 12:53:00 PM

Policy recommendations for teacher professional development

The Chicago chapter of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) released its first policy memo on how to better align professional development to teacher needs.


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