IEL's board of directors appointed Dr. Johan E. Uvin as IEL's sixth president. Uvin was the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. He succeeds Martin J. Blank, who served as IEL president since 2009 and remains the director of IEL's Coalition for Community Schools.
“Building on IEL's
Last year, 45 education leaders visited historic sites from the civil rights movement throughout Mississippi and Alabama and learned lessons from past and current leaders.
The Department of Labor, in collaboration with the Council of State Governments and National Conference of State Legislatures, released a report based on the career development work of IEL and it's partners.
The Department of Justice awarded IEL $3 million to continue and expand the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program, its career-focused mentoring model for youth with disabilities involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
This spirit of shared learning and best practices was reflected in IEL’s gathering of over 80 leaders from 27 districts and 17 state departments of education to discuss family and community engagement.