The Education program has been a cornerstone of our grantmaking since the Fry Foundation's inception.
We are committed to increasing the academic achievement of low-income students in Chicago public schools. We support this goal through work that strengthens the preparation and development of principals to lead high performing schools and programs that provide rigorous academic enrichment opportunities for students. We also consider, by invitation, a limited number of proposals for teacher professional development that improve teaching in classrooms, are aligned with a school-wide instructional vision, and provide opportunities for teachers to collaborate with each other and with school leaders.
We look for programs that assess improvements in academic achievement and instructional quality and that monitor the ongoing effectiveness of their work. The Foundation encourages proposals that include efforts to enhance the quality of programs. These efforts might include incorporating new program elements, professional development for program staff, or the development of evaluation tools, among others.
The Foundation gives priority to programs working at the middle school and high school levels. We also will consider grant requests for policy advocacy when the connection to academic achievement is clear. We generally do not fund scholarship programs or unsolicited proposals from individual schools.