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Systems Transformation
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IEL develops and connects adults and youth leaders who strengthen communities and education systems in pursuit of equity.

Prepare

Prepare

We prepare leaders of all ages, stages, and contexts who can work effectively across sectors. IEL leaders are champions of equity in their communities, states, and the nation.

Support

Support

We implement improved and inclusive decision-making processes, systems, and practices that ensure that all voices—particularly those of marginalized groups—are elevated and heard.

Mobilize

Mobilize

We disrupt the status quo by boldly identifying and mobilizing leaders to foster equity and address injustices and systems that perpetuate discrimination.

We cultivate racial healing and justice, disability inclusion, and economic equity in over 200 communities. We catalyze community-driven leadership across our education, health, and employment systems inspiring equitable futures for youth and families.

IEL is proud to host the 2024 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference in Atlanta! This national conference brings together people from across the country who believe all children deserve a safe place to live and opportunities to learn and thrive. Inspired by our theme: Level Up for Success!, the conference is designed to catalyze collaboration, action, and a renewed commitment to transforming our practices, partnerships, and systems.

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Webinar: Community of Practice to Develop Educational Leaders

Access the recording and materials from this webinar in which Participate CLO Julie Keane, PhD talks with Ken Simon, EdD, an educational leader from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) about IEL’s approach to developing leaders to transform their communities through education. The live conversation took place Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

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IEL Included In Next Round Of NBA Foundation Grants For Non-Profit Organizations

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has again been included as one of the nonprofit organizations to receive funding from the NBA Foundation to create employment opportunities, further career advancement, and drive greater economic empowerment for Black youth throughout the United States and Canada. The grants are focused on workforce development, pathways for higher education, mentoring, and entrepreneurship for Black youth.

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Embrace the Art of Resistance this Black History Month

On his two-year anniversary as our IEL President, Eddie Koen writes about love in action, and how we as education leaders can practice the art of resistance to improve the lives of children and youth.

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Because of [IEL’s] Project I4, our students are being educated by like-minded educators who are committed to equity for all, 100% of the time.

Jennifer, North Carolina