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Equipping Leaders to Better Prepare Children & Youth for College, Careers, & Citizenship

Schools & Communities

A large focus of IEL's work is building bridges between families, schools, and communities. See some of most intensely school- and community-focused initiatives below.

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Schools & Communities

Schools & Communities


Community Schools

Community schools unite educators and community partners to offer a range of opportunities and supports to youth, families, and communities. This partnership allows the school and community to support the learning and development of their young people. IEL's Coalition for Community Schools is the national network uniting these efforts.


Family & Community Engagement Network

The Family and Community Engagement Network is a broad reaching network to learn about enhanced family and community engagement research and practice. The 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference theme is Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities.