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


IEL at heart is a coalition builder and invests in the strength and diversity of its wide array of networks to better equip leaders to prepare children and youth for college, careers, and citizenship.

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Appalachian Higher Education Network

The mission of the Appalachian Higher Education Network (AHE Network) is to increase postsecondary education attainment in Appalachia. Created in 1998 and supported in part by the ARC, the AHE Network is currently composed of program centers in ten states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM prepares individuals for leadership positions in education and related fields at the local, state, and federal levels. Fellows develop their leadership skills, understanding of education policy, and networking ability through cross-sector learning.

District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement

IEL's District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement brings together district leaders from across the nation to provide up-to-date resources, professional development, and best practices in family and community engagement to ultimately improve student achievement.

Family and Community Engagement Network

The Family and Community Engagement Network is a broad reaching network to learn about enhanced family and community engagement research and practice. The 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference theme is Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities.

Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat)

Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat) is a social media professional development conversation on Twitter that enables parents, family engagement practitioners, teachers and others to develop new and innovative approaches to partnership. Take professional development into your own hands and join #PTchat!

Community Schools Leadership Network

The Community Schools Leadership Network serves as a professional learning community for leaders of community schools and initiatives. Leaders identify and explore emerging issues in community school practice, and then develop and share solutions.

Community Schools Coordinators Network

The Community School Coordinators Network is a space for people who coordinate resources between their school and community to grow and strengthen their practice. These leaders connect, share resources and tools, and inform each other on best practices.