"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 program helps LEE members deepen their 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.
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.
"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."
“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!”
“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
He is a leader on a mission to kill the school to prison pipeline with lessons to share on keeping calm under pressure.
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!
Her words inspired Laura to reflect on how she could influence systems that aren’t currently set up for student and community success.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We all know how important it is to take time off to relax and reset -- and hopefully you found some time this summer do just that. But what about taking the time to give back?
We’re pretty avid readers at LEE (we’re looking at you, Victoria Ford). But rather than keeping our reading recommendations to ourselves, we thought we’d give you a peek into what’s on our reading lists this summer.
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.