The June Stern Family Foundation is a small nonprofit dedicated to helping K-3 teachers in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area to more effectively teach reading, writing and spelling. We are a volunteer organization composed of the family of June O. Stern, who had the vision, and Philip J. Stern, who made it possible.

JSFF provides scholarships to individual teachers and grants to schools that need financial assistance in order to pursue a research-based language-instruction program for teachers that includes a supervised practicum and meets the standards of The National Reading Panel.* These methods have proved to be highly successful with all children and are crucial for those with dyslexia, the most common learning disability.

Acceptable training includes Orton-Gillingham-based approaches, such as Orton-Gillingham of Minnesota, The International Dyslexia Association-Upper Midwest Branch (IDA-UMB), The Reading Center (Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota), Winsor Learning (The Sonday System) and others.

For more information, see JSFF Teacher Scholarships and JSFF School Grants. If you have questions, please email info@junesternfoundation.org

*Download the PDF summary report of the National Reading Panel here.
 

 

2017—Please Note This Important News ... 

AFTER A PROUD HISTORY OF HELPING MORE THAN 200 TWIN CITIES K-3 CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND READING SPECIALSTS TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHERS OF READING, JSFF IS NO LONGER OFFERING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO IN-SERVICE TEACHERS.

INSTEAD, THE FOUNDATION HAS PARTNERED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT TO ESTABLISH THE STERN FAMILY PROFESSORSHIP IN READING SUCCESS. THIS KEY FACULTY POSITION WILL PROVIDE TEACHER CANDIDATES AT THE U OF M WITH THE BEST METHODS OF TEACHING READING TO ALL EARLY READERS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE STRUGGLING READER.

WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP AND ITS ABILITY TO GREATLY IMPACT K-3 LITERACY FOR ALL TIME TO COME. YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS HAS ENABLED US TO REACH THIS GOAL. THANK YOU!