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Community-driven, equity-focused leadership, education, and workforce transformation.



Minds that Move Us Adult Career Pathways Festival

Taking place in Miami, from August 6-8, 2019, the Adult Career Pathways Festival brings together prominent policymakers, funders, business leaders and adult career pathway innovators, all genuinely engaged to explore and create innovations that would help the 23.4 million working-age adults in this country who need additional support launching and advancing their careers. Click here to learn more.

The National Community Schools and Family Enagement Conference 

The National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference brings together two of IEL’s flagship events–the Community Schools National Forum and the National Family and Community Engagement Conference. The new event, CSxFE, brings together the best of both conferences, creating a high-impact educational equity event that cultivates collaboration and catalyzes innovation. CSxFE 2020 will take place May 27-29, 2020, in Los Angeles. Click here for more information

Appalachian Higher Education Network Conference

Ensuring student success is a responsibility shared by four key stakeholder groups: family, institutions, communities, and students/self. As Dr. Aaron Thompson, Acting President, Kentucky State University, reminds us, “When all four are aligned in support of educational success, we see positive outcomes.” The AHE Network’s 4th Annual Conference will focus on why these stakeholder groups must collaborate, how to work in collaboration with other organizations and agencies (not just schools, colleges or universities), and what it takes (skills, knowledge, attributes) to work collaboratively. This event expands on the work of the Appalachian Higher Education Network which is working with schools, families, communities and diverse partners to increase postsecondary education attainment in Appalachia. 

EPFP Washington Policy Seminar

The annual Washington Policy Seminar, a capstone event of IEL’s 54-year-old Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) focused this year on a timely theme: Navigating Education Policy Change. Nearly 300 EPFP Fellows from across the country are introduced to the federal policy, the federal-state interplay, and national trends dominating the present policy atmosphere. This diverse cohort of leaders for and in education spent four days learning together and sharing expertise. They emerged significantly more prepared to lead the charge within their own organizations and communities.

Civil Rights Bus Tour

The deep racial divides and tragedies facing communities across the country today echo the struggles for equity and social justice of the Civil Rights era. We invite you to join IEL, in partnership with The Freedom '64 Project, on the Civil Rights Bus Tour and take a journey through history, to both reflect and engage in a meaningful dialogue about how to make a positive social change in our communities and organizations.