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We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap through research, convening and strategic initiatives.

2022-2023 Annual Report

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Blog Post - Meet the Team, Juana Zargon
JPEF Helps Local Students Forge a Path in Healthcare
Join us for Advocacy Night: A Community Conversation on the Future of Public Education


Blog post - Meet the Teacher, Mariah Rucker

Mariah Rucker said, she "became an educator after witnessing the impact the pandemic had on students while tutoring part-time. Seeing these gaps motivated me to become a substitute teacher, and eventually led me to pursue a teaching career full-time."

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2024 Cindy Edelman Excellence in Education Fellows Announced

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Duval County Public Schools Restarts Search for Superintendent



On the Origins and Influences of Artificial Intelligence in Education


EDDY Awards: Gustavo Guzman named 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year
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Meet the 2024 Teachers of the Year

The search for the 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year for Duval County has begun! Principals from 180 Duval County schools nominated a teacher to represent them in the Teacher of the Year contest for Duval County. The 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year will be announced at the EDDY Awards, presented by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), Jan. 20, 2024.

The Teacher of the Year program seeks to recognize, elevate and empower Duval County's best public school teachers by offering unique programming to elevate the teaching profession throughout the year. Teachers selected by their schools as Teacher of the Year are given the opportunity to participate in the teacher leadership initiative offered by JPEF.


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Parents Guide to Choosing a School


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School principal working with students

The transformative impact of school leaders

There are no great schools without great leaders. Learn how the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is supporting principals in Title I elementary schools. 

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2019 Edelman winners

Support for Teachers

JPEF is proud to support Duval County's leading teachers through the Teacher Leadership Initiative, the Wolfburg Fellowship for Social Justice in Education, the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship and the EDDY Awards.

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Campaign for Grade-level Reading

ReadJax is a community effort to improve third-grade reading scores among students in Duval County. We know the importance of reading and how it can set our children on the path to success. 



Consortium of Florida Education Foundations 

As a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, we are connected to statewide and national resources and part of a collegial community of local education foundations committed to building partnerships, innovating leading practices and impacting students coast to coast.

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of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.