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Leadership Development

“The coaching through the Fellowship may have been the most impactful thing when it came to tackling issues as they came up in my work. My coach was able to give resources or new ways of thinking about an issue to find a solution.”

Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca

Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca believes in the power of shared stories.

Sarah Manchanda

“After participating in this fellowship, I am truly invigorated in this work and am determined to move forward in pursuing a role in policy that will impact students with disabilities. This shift in my vision came from my experience in the fellowship.”

Alaine Jolicoeur

"I am an African-American transgender woman of Haitian descent. I am Jewish, an educator, and unapologetically proud of every aspect of my identity. I cherish my beautiful intersectionality because they define who I am.”

Ke Wu

"I see what I do as part of a movement to shift the former mode of education reform by empowering those who work on the front lines and engaging diverse stakeholders in a way that transforms hearts and minds for the betterment of students."

"The perspective of a black, first-generation college graduate, and elected official has been under-represented in the rooms where policy decisions are made."

Caitlin Caswell

"My coach asked tough questions, pushed my thinking, and guided me to name my goals for students and for myself. And once she had me identify that vision, she helped me plan concrete steps to reach that goal.”

The biannual Policy Advisor Fellowship deepens LEE members' knowledge of local, state, and national policy by serving as a part-time policy advisor to a senior LEE member serving in a high-impact leadership role.

Avani Chhaya

"I’m in this fellowship because I believe good policies create an equitable future for all students. And I want to be that policymaker."

Adriana Lombard

"Education and education policy needs to be student-centered."

Virtual Trainings

"This was a great series for people like me who want to work in policy but do not know where to start."

Annette de la Llana

The LEE Public Leaders Fellowship has transformed the way I see myself as an educator and as a leader.

Every day, students who identify as Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) face the injustice of educational inequity in classrooms across the nation. APIA voices are too often silenced or disregarded because of the "model minority" myth and the idea that educational equity is a "black-and-white" issue.

Jen Baca

"LPLF pushed me to reflect on the role I am playing, and the role I am not playing in ending oppression in my professional and personal life."

Doug Cost

“The work I did during LPLF inspired me to take a closer look at my leadership values, how others view me as a leader, and, finally, to take the time to develop a leadership plan with short- and long-term goals. These were things I needed to reflect on as I interviewed for the role of a lifetime!”

Chelsea Addison

"I believe those who are directly impacted by educational inequity have a unique role in creating the solution."

LEE member Fatema Basrai shares how she has developed into a leader in educational equity.

"I gained a greater feeling of confidence in my ability to do the important work of crafting public policy.”

“Until providing the most quality educational experience for all students — regardless of race or class — becomes the priority, we have an immense amount of work to do.” - Samantha Kobbah

If you’re looking for a great opportunity to build your skills and network, NPAW may be right for you.

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

"...It was then that I discovered what role I wanted to play on behalf of the communities I represent." - Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

"My concern is that the majority of schools in the U.S. today are preparing students to work in jobs that aren't even there anymore."

You could say Sabine Chishty (TFA New York ’13) has education in her blood.

He is a leader on a mission to kill the school to prison pipeline with lessons to share on keeping calm under pressure.

Currently, systems are not set up for all students to succeed. We can change that.

I imagine a world where opportunities abound for students regardless of their zip code, socioeconomic status, race, gender, nationality or sexuality. While this is a monumental task, it is certainly not impossible.

Take note of Pedro’s advice for strengthening your systems-building muscles, how to balance quick wins with long term planning, and more!

"The key is to have a belief system that is child-centered.

Laura Schroeder

Her words inspired Laura to reflect on how she could influence systems that aren’t currently set up for student and community success.

Monica Trejo

Growing up in poverty and changing schools more than ten times, the odds were stacked against Mon

Jada Drew

4 tools, tips and practices you’ll learn from listening to this week’s podcast with Jada Drew

NOW Oakland

NOW is a weekend-long skill-building workshop offered regularly throughout the year for LEE members interested in using the power of organizing to change and advance policies, work with decision-makers, and put in place more systems that positively impact students.

Michael Vargas being sworn in on May 18, 2015 as a Board Member for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.

In 2014, Michael Vargas returned to his hometown of San Benito with a vision of excellent schools and communities. Now, as a San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board member, he is making positive changes in the lives of the districts’ 11,000 students.

LEE member Acasia Wilson Feinberg is the executive director of [Educators 4 Excellence] in Chicago, where teachers are carrying out an advocacy campaign for more professional development policies.

Miguel Solis, a LEE member and elected school board member in Dallas, is working diligently to ensure that the needs of all Dallas students are at the forefront of the conversation with other board members.

Throughout Chike Aguh’s (New York, ’06) career in education, he has been confronted with policies that don’t serve students. He says “more and more I realized -- to get to the outcomes I want for kids and families, we've got to figure out how we get different policies, get different choices, and -- at times -- get different actors. Chike confronted this issue during his time in the LEE Public Leaders Fellowship (LPLF).

PASF

LEE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organization working to end the injustice

Chike Aguh Headshot

The LEE Public Leaders Fellowship (LPLF) is for experienced professionals who have a track record

Aixle Aman, LEE member

At the core of our work at LEE is the fundamental belief that educational inequity is a solvable

Four ways to kickstart a meaningful career

As a LEE member, you're always looking for a way to ensure that all children get a chance at receiving an excellent education. But in order to do that, you need the right job that's going to help you make the greatest impact. Here are four ways you can kickstart your career in educational equity.

All Voices Matter

All voices are important, including yours, LEE members. That's why we're asking for your insight to help make our work more focused and effective. Please take 10 minutes to fill out our survey.

5 Storytelling Tips That Will Help You Become a Better Leader

Learn how to become a better leader in the fight for educational equity with these five storytelling tips.

I continue to be inspired by our members’ enthusiasm for and dedication to transforming the inequities in educational opportunity that many children in our country face. I am also inspired by our partners’ efforts and everyone working to help all children reach their dreams.

Indira Dammu, second from right, talks with her APIA PLP peers.

A reflection on the LEE 2014 Asian and Pacific Islander Political Leadership Program

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) launches a new website for you, our 30,000-strong – and growing – membership.

Not all students have the opportunity to receive the education they need and deserve.

Growing the Movement

We are helping to build a diverse movement for educational equity led by and with communities, one that will hold decision-makers accountable and ensure that every child has the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Our Members

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) members are part of a movement of leaders who share an enduring commitment to educational equity and a deep belief in the potential of every child.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) aims to inspire a diverse, enduring movement of leaders to engage civically within their communities to end the injustice of educational inequity.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, leadership development organization working to end the injustice of educational inequity by inspiring and supporting a diverse set of leaders with classroom experience to engage civically and politically in their communities.

Few would have faulted LEE member Amanda Spoto if she had chosen to spend her Saturday somewhere else.

LEE’s African American Political Leadership Program

When I arrived in Baltimore for LEE’s African American Political Leadership Program, part of the Diversity in Elected Leadership Series, I often found myself asking “why me?” when it came to running for public office.