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

Professional Development

IEL's professional development efforts focus on building organizational and individual capacity, convening policy seminars and events, and fostering professional and peer learning networks and communities of practices.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Capacity Building

Youth Service Professionals Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (YSP/KSA) Initiative

Part of the IEL-led National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, this intiative identifies 10 competencies needed by professionals who work with youth transitioning to the worlds of work and adult life. It provides tools, materials, and trainings to build staff skills and system capacity.


Early Childhood Education Collaborative

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.

Policy Seminars

Federal Policy Institutes

IEL's Federal Policy Institutes demystify the federal education policy-making process. Participants deepen their understanding of the people, processes, and institutions that influence policy; develop a keener sense of federal education priorities; and learn how to get involved at the national level.

Washington Policy Seminar (WPS)

The Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) is the national meeting for the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP)TM. WPS provides participants the opportunity to get the latest information on and deepen their knowledge of national education and related policy issues.


Appalachian Education and Workforce Network

The Appalachian Education and Workforce Network focuses on increasing post-high school education and training attainment rates. It unites Centers in 10 states (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) that work in partnership with all levels of education, workforce, and economic development organizations to prepare a stronger workforce.

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 (DLN) is a group of 225 individuals in district-level leadership positions primarily responsible for the oversight of our district’s family and community engagement (FCE) initiatives. DLN is a peer-driven knowledge network designed to engage members as both experts and learners through a national structure to support member capacity building activities.

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.


Community Schools 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.

Community Schools Coordinators Network

Community school coordinators are the essential ingredient to all community schools. The “community organizer” of the school and community, the coordinator creates, strengthens, and maintains the bridge between the school, community, and families. The Coordinator’s Network serves as a professional learning community for sharing resources and best practices.