Preparing Leaders

August 2022 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda Summary of federal policy action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (H.R.8450): On July 20th, the House Committee on Education and Labor released the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, to address the issue of child …

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Partners for Community College Student Success and Economic Growth in Appalachia

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) hosted a 3-day virtual convening, Partners for Community College Student Success and Economic Growth in Appalachia, designed to bring together experts and learners from across Appalachia to lift up partnerships that grow enrollment, increase student success, and provide a workforce that promotes economic development and regional prosperity. Participants heard …

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IEL’s 2022 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference Reflects, Transforms, and Soars with 3,500 Educators and Practitioners in L.A.

By Eddie Koen  Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining over 3,500 people at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where we came together to share, learn, and inspire one another in the work we do to build leadership around educational equity. For many, it was the first time in almost three years we …

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June 2022 IEL Federal Policy Update

Policy by the People Agenda  Summary of legislative action this past month and a look-ahead to the next few weeks/month  ED’s New Efforts and Resources for Supporting Mental Health and Students With Disabilities: On May 23rd the Department of Education hosted the virtual summit From Recovery to Thriving: Supporting Mental Health and Students with Disabilities. …

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IEL Calls on Leaders to Take an Active Stand for LGBTQIA+ Youth During Pride Month and Beyond

IEL works collaboratively to increase access to education and workforce opportunities, so all children and families can create the lives they want to live. By partnering with community leaders across different ages, experience levels, and sectors, IEL’s fulfills its mission to ensure that all voices—including those of youth, communities of color, and people with disabilities—are …

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IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program Graduates its 58th Cohort

Fellowship program supports education leaders to promote equitable education policy (Washington DC, May 31, 2022) The Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) is graduating its 58th cohort of Fellows this spring.  EPFP is a nationally recognized fellowship program that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education …

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The Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2022 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference in L.A. to Bring Together over 3,000 Educators and Practitioners

Press Release May 18, 2022  Practitioners from Across Education Ecosystem Coming Together to Advance Effective Strategies for Student Outcomes (Los Angeles, June 1 – 3rd) – The 2022 National Community Schools and Family Engagement Conference is happening June 1st – 3rd at the Los Angeles Convention Center, hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership, and …

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IEL says “See you later – not goodbye” to Tauheedah Jackson, Director of Place-Based Strategy and Community School Initiatives, as she transitions to New Role

The IEL team congratulates Tauheedah Jackson, our Director of Place-Based Strategy and Community School Initiatives, as she begins her transition to a new role at Harvard’s EdRedesign Lab as the Inaugural Director of its Institute for Success Planning. We are forever grateful for all Tauheedah has done for our organization during her time at IEL, …

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IEL Statement on Latest Slaughter of School Children in Texas Shooting

Massacre is the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 May 24th, 2022 Today we all mourn the devastating loss of 19 children and two adults that were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Our work at the The Institute for Educational Leadership centers on children and the …

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Community School Policy Playbook

IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools is excited to share a new resource, the Community Schools Policy Playbook! Geared toward advocates and elected officials at the state and local levels, this playbook offers a number of resources, including sample state and local policies and funding that promote community schools, messaging on community schools, implementation resources, and …

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Videos on Youth Leadership & Youth-Adult Partnerships

IEL’s National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth released two videos featuring members of its National Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). In the video You Can Lead Too!: Youth Perspectives on Leadership young leaders share insights on what it means to be a leader and advocate. In the video Developing Successful Youth-Adult Partnerships …

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55 Years of Developing Leaders We Need for Education

The 2018-19 cohort year will mark the 55th anniversary of IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). EPFP is a nationally recognized fellowship program that develops a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders for effective public policy. Since its start, EPFP has acted as an instrument for fostering a comprehensive understanding of policy issues from …

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FCE Team at North Dakota Study Group

IEL’s Family & Community Engagement (FCE) team at IEL attended the North Dakota Study Group’s (NDSG) annual meeting February 15-18. This year’s meeting was at Tugaloo University in Jackson, Miss., with the theme Emancipation, Equity, and Excellence: Learning from and with Activists. Since 1972, NDSG members have come together to reimagine possibilities and alternatives in …

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Logan Square Neighborhood Association: Parent Mentor Program

In December, IEL had the opportunity to speak with Bridget Murphy and Tami Love from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) about its Parent Mentor Program. This nationally recognized program is a wonderful example of how one community-based organization took a grassroots approach to embed itself within Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois, …

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New Report From IEL’s Appalachian Higher Education Network Initiative

IEL’s Appalachian Higher Education (AHE) Network published a new report, Opening Doors, Changing Futures, that tells the shared story of impact the AHE Network has had on postsecondary attainment in Appalachia from 2011-2016. The report sets out the current economic and education context in the 10-state region and highlights expanding education and training work that …

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Celebrating 35 Years of Partnering with AERA

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and IEL have been co-hosting education policy forums since 1983 as a vehicle to highlight research, policy, and practice in education. These monthly luncheons feature many of the leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners in education. The 35th anniversary season kick off on October 19th featured Margaret Maaka University of …

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EPFP Introduces 54th Cohort

IEL is proud to introduce the 54th cohort of our Education Policy Fellowship Program. Three hundred ten Fellows from 16 sites are participating in the ten-month professional development initiative in which diverse emerging and mid-level leaders learn together about education policy, leadership, and networking. These participants join an alumni network of 9,000 leaders working in …

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EPFP Fellows Learn About Navigating Education Policy Change

The annual Washington Policy Seminar, a capstone event of IEL’s 53-year-old Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), focused this year on Navigating Education Policy Change. EPFP Fellows, a diverse cohort of professionals in education and related fields, spent four days learning about federal policy, sharing knowledge across roles and institutions and visiting Capitol Hill. EPFP Fellows …

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Cross-Boundary Leader: Larry Leverett

Recently, IEL interviewed Dr. Larry Leverett, the newly retired executive director of the Panasonic Foundation, a corporate foundation with a mission to help public school systems with high percentages of children in poverty to improve learning for all students. Dr. Leverett reflected on his Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) experience. He maintains his multi-sector network …

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Bay Area Leadership Learning Exchange

The Bay Area Regional Leadership Learning Exchange, “Ecology of Action,” was a professional development opportunity for teachers and principals. Sixty-five participants met at Oakland’s Jack London Aquatic Center. The participants included school personnel, students, parents, teachers, principals, and assistant superintendents. Participants were invited to engage in dynamic mindfulness with Niroga Institute’s BK Bose and each …

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Family & Community Engagement in Addressing Childhood Trauma Webinar

Educators, parents, families, and community partners must be able to respond to trauma and know where to access support. Over 400 participants tuned in to a second IEL webinar on addressing childhood trauma, co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. This webinar examined how schools and community partners can engage and work …

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Civil Rights Bus Tour Brings History’s Lessons To The Present

Seeking insight into some of the most challenging questions on race and equity still left unanswered in America, a bus full of community college faculty and education leaders, including Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) participants, embarked on a civil rights bus tour in late November. Their journey took them to historic civil rights movement sites …

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