IEL invests in community leaders of all ages, stages, and sectors to improve to close gaps in access and achievement in education and workforce development.

Our Goals


partners nationwide


leaders to improve opportunities and outcomes


leaders and support them in organizing their communities


communities where opportunities are lacking the most

Perspectives on Impact

We design for impact: 1) our collaborative approach is focused on building sustainable leadership capacity that outlasts our presence; and 2) bringing multiple IEL resources to bear in targeted geographic communities allows us to deepen our impact.
Improved and more inclusive decision-making processes, systems and practices that ensure that all voices, particularly those of marginalized groups, are elevated and heard.
Increased number of leaders who can create and support policies that lead to more equitable opportunities and access.
Increased development and quality execution of equity-centered policies and practices that improve long-term life chances of people in our partner communities.
Improved access to quality educational and workforce resources for children, youth, and families.

See our latest IEL impact Report

Explore IEL Resources

IEL produces a wide variety of resources and toolkits for diverse audiences. Browse our tools, events, reports, and briefs.

Photo from the Community Schools public forum

A Next Generation Community Schools Forum

The Coalition for Community Schools and the Brookings Institution hosted a public forum to share promising practices for using new federal funding to expand Community Schools. Learn more.

Photo from the virtual policy forum on pay disparities

Leading the Way or Falling Behind?

IEL hosted a policy panel on pay disparities for people with disabilities. Learn more.

Join the Coalition

The Coalition for Community Schools is represented by leaders of all ages, stages and contexts. Together, we work to grow excellent and sustainable Community Schools.

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