We design for impact. Our collaborative approach is focused on building sustainable leadership capacity that outlasts our presence.  Bringing multiple IEL resources to bear in targeted geographic communities allows us to deepen our impact.

The following FY22 data reflect the time period from July 21st, 2021 – June 30, 2022. 


IEL is connected to over 40,000 leaders across all our networks.

Programming and Engagement

IEL developed and co-designed various programming to engage, support, and mobilize leaders at all levels. In FY22, among all engaged leaders, 2,476 IEL program/session participants provided their locations.

IEL Participants by state
1,100 Youth Participants (figure of a person with arms raised); 3,813 Conference Participants (person pointing to a projector); 6,953 adult participants (figure of a Male and Female standing together); 8,000+ Engaged Leaders (badge with a person adorning a star) *Among over 40k network members, program alum, and connections that IEL has, active network members regularly engage with IEL in program implemenation, loical community collaboration, policy,advocacy, and strategic planning activites.

Leadership Testimonials


IEL does its work by innovating while building on what works. We: 
  • scale promising practices through research and data capacity
  • elevate and prioritize family and community engagement
  • support a national network of leaders in education through our Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™)
  • prepare, support, and mobilize leaders to create ecosystems of collaborative leadership and advance Community Schools as a key equity strategy 
  • incubate and lead initiatives focused on increasing access to basic necessities and key elements needed for marginalized people and communities to thrive
  • lift up all community voices to inform decision making


network members actively participated in 90 network meetings designed to provide technical assistance for participants.

~18,000 IEL social media followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and LinkedIn


Policy by the People

IEL Policy Initiatives: FY22 (justice scale). In June 2022, IEL sent an updated letter with close to 200 organizationsal sign-on to the HIll urging Congress to fund the Full-Sevice Community Schools program at $468million for FY 2023 to match the President's budget request. (image of the Capitol). IEL team members accompanied U.S> Department of Education Deputy Secratery Cindy Marten on a site visit to Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School to better learn about the success of Comunity SChools on students, teachers, parents, and community members. (image of Dr. Cindy Marten with middle school students). On May 31, 2022, IEL's Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPDP) graduated its 58th cohort of Fellows. (image of Fellows gathered in a room during an activity).

IEL Staff and Board Members

IEL is proudly led by a majority BIPOC Board, executive leadership, and staff.

Key Publications:

cover image of Serving all Consumers: Identifying Racial Disparities in the Vocational Rehabilitation System. By Dahlia M. Shaewitz and Dr. Michelle Yin. Policy Brief: December 2021. IEL and Northwestern Logos.

SERVING ALL CONSUMERS: Identifying Racial Disparities in the Vocational Rehabilitation System

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is the largest workforce program in the United States, providing employment services to
people with disabilities to help them retain or enter competitive integrated employment
commensurate with their abilities and capabilities. During the pandemic, state VR
services were significantly affected and in some cases those services were halted for a period of time as agencies attempted to reroute services virtually and to eventually
provide in-person contact. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a recession in the United States that impacts all workers.
Historical data in the U.S. show that people
with disabilities are more likely than their peers without disabilities to drop out of the workforce during economic downturns and are less likely to recover employment after
the recession ends.

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IEL logo - The 2021 Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities. Shapes that look like mountains and valleys.

The 2021 Youth Transition Report: Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

This report was produced by the Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc. (IEL) to examine the persistent gaps in educational and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities in the United States. The report focuses on comparative data for youth and young adults with and without disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24, including those opportunity youth that education and workforce systems have failed to adequately support, to highlight the needs of this transition age population. This information can support practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to better understand and serve this population.

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Leaders of Tomorrow: Immigrant & Refugee Youth - A Guidebook on Leadership Development. IEL logo

Leaders of Tomorrow: Immigrant & Refugee Youth – A Guidebook on leadership Development

Leaders of Tomorrow is a leadership program developed by the Institute for Educational
Leadership (IEL) with a curriculum co-created by immigrant and refugee youth. The goal of
Leaders of Tomorrow is to support and mobilize immigrant and refugee youth through
opportunities to expand their knowledge, strengthen their skills, access tools and
resources, and improve their own circumstances and those of all children, youth, adults, and
families in their communities.

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A Blueprint For Community Inclusion Strategies For Youth With Developmental Disabilities In Washington, DC

A Blueprint for Community Inclusion Strategies for Youth with Developmental Disabilities in Washington, DC provides a summary of comments and common themes among DC youth with disabilities and their families. This includes their top priorities, solutions to pressing issues, and ways that allies (individuals and organizations) can better support them. These priorities are foundations for a framework for policy and action steps that leaders, public institutions, and others can take to better engage and serve youth with disabilities in the District.

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