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Joyce Foundation, 2013
The United States faces an increasing gap between the skills possessed by its workforce and those that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy. This gap poses a threat to the financial wellbeing of low-skilled American workers and their families and to the nation's long-term economic growth. Recognizing the threat posed by these…
Descriptors: Semiskilled Workers, Adult Basic Education, Community Colleges, Technical Institutes
O'Connell, Mary – Joyce Foundation, 2012
In a period such as this, marked by extreme political partisanship and apparent gridlock at the federal level, it would be tempting to throw up one's hands in frustration. But this is just the time that a foundation like Joyce can add the most value--because the Joyce team members are non-partisan, not subject to the pressures of political and…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Institutional Mission, Access to Education, Disadvantaged
Joyce Foundation, 2010
Once kids walk in the school door, the most important factor for how well they learn is the quality of their teachers. Having good teachers is important for all kids. But it's especially important for kids who are falling behind. Research shows that students who are taught by a really good teacher can make as much as a year and a half's worth of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Achievement Gap, Teaching Methods
Joyce Foundation, 2010
Among the great strengths of a policy-oriented foundation like Joyce is the willingness to take a long view, to be patient investors in ideas that take time to have impact, and to take chances on projects that may not work out. But in times of crisis, Joyce team and partners also have an obligation to be responsive to immediate challenges in their…
Descriptors: Philanthropic Foundations, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Policy, Economic Climate
Joyce Foundation, 2003
Millions of Americans work hard every day but struggle to support their families on low wages. Millions more have recently moved from welfare to work, but have been unable to escape poverty. Altogether, according to the U.S. Labor Department, more than six million Americans are counted among the working poor. Meanwhile, critical industries like…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Job Training, Low Income Groups, Welfare Services