Community-driven leadership development in education, health, and employment.


IEL encourages leaders to work across institutional boundaries, increase their knowledge, and expand their networks. IEL focuses on educational leadership, youth leadership, parent and family leadership, and community leadership.

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Educational Leadership

Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM

We support a national network of leaders in education through our nationally recognized Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM. With over 10,000 alumni nation-wide, we are expanding and reimagining EPFP to build the capacity of more leaders to understand the processes and outcomes of local, state and federal policy making and implementation. ability through cross-sector learning.

Leaders for Today and Tomorrow (LT2)

Part of IEL's emerging work, Leaders for Today and Tomorrow (LT2) will prepare and support principals in addressing the social-emotional, civic, and academic needs of the whole child. LT2 will link innovators in higher education, school districts, and nonprofits.

Early Childhood Collaborative Leadership Institutes

The Leadership Institutes provide opportunities for co-learning about effective strategies for crossing boundaries and creating strong linkages with families, early childhood programs, community schools, libraries, public health services, and other community resources. 

Youth Leadership

We are the ADA Generation

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), IEL collected stories from young leaders who came of age under the ADA: the ADA Generation. These stories are personal narratives, reflections, and demonstrations of the importance of the ADA in people’s lives.

Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT)

The Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth and to develop their skills and knowledge in leadership and advocacy.

National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth

The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Youth) is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities. IEL's past work on this program has produced many rescoures that can be utilized for youth advocacy.

Parent & Family Leadership

Parent Leaders and Advocates

We elevate and prioritize family and community engagement. IEL harnesses its relationships with education leaders in school districts nation-wide to prioritize effective and inclusive family and community engagement practices, through district leadership networks, learning labs, webinars, and other capacity building opportunities. 

Community Leadership

Community Learning Exchanges

Community Learning Exchanges (CLEs) offer grassroots community leaders working on community change opportunities to share challenges and solutions through local, regional and national events.  CLEs provide teams time and space to build trust and learn from others through fun and engaging activities.

Community School Leadership Network

The Community School Leadership Network (CSLN) is composed of Community School Initiative leaders dedicated to providing mutual support, collective learning, and advancing the field of Community Schools. The network also helps guide IEL's Coalition for Community Schools' direction and activities.