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Public education has become an increasingly polarizing topic. Yet, experience and research tell us that solutions to our most pressing educational issues are likely to emerge when leaders work together across boundaries, be they ideological, geographical, or institutional. For 50 years the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and jointly respond to the needs of young people and their families.

IEL’s Cross-Boundary Leaders for Education and Equity Symposium was designed to create an objective, open-minded, nonpartisan space where leaders could come together and discuss complex issues facing public education and to offer forward-thinking solutions.


Panel 1: Preparing Leaders for Public Education

Is the incessant glare of public scrutiny in our 24-hour news cycle driving away good people and creating a leadership gap in education? What can we do to attract and prepare the leaders public education needs?