School-based Education

Over the past twelve years, the Steans Family Foundation has supported neighborhood and school-specific initiatives that have touched a wide range of public schools in North Lawndale. Going forward, we remain committed to broad efforts to recruit, develop and support teachers and leaders across the community; to efforts that increase the social supports available to students and families and enhanced counseling; to programs that increase college access for North Lawndale students; and to networking opportunities for educators.

With almost ten new schools having opened in the neighborhood, the Foundation is taking a special interest in ensuring that these schools get off to good starts. Accordingly, we have a particular focus on supporting charters and other new schools.

Results we seek in this priority area include:

  • Children and youth achieving at or above grade level
  • Children and youth with special needs achieving academic success at the highest level of independence
  • Youth completing high school
  • Youth attending and completing post-secondary education or other postsecondary options
Priority Areas
  • School leadership training and development
  • Teacher quality and improved instruction
  • Academic, social and emotional support for students
  • Technical assistance to access competitive public or start up funds
  • Stabilization of either schools or core services