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Advocacy

Eric Kwak

“I was able to explore my career options in the policy field, adjust my resume to a policy career, and gain a network of high-ranking education professionals through the panels.”

Desiree Sansing

“For now, I am choosing to remain in the classroom, educating future generations of leaders and scholars who will undoubtedly change the field of education for the better.”

As a fellow working with Chiefs for Change, Julianne partners with 23 active school leaders from across the country, nine at the state level and 14 at the district level.

Dean Drescher

"If no one speaks up, if no one writes the story, if no one asks the question, if no one testifies at the board meeting, or if no one confronts the legislator, students lose out and inequity wins.”

Sana Shaikh

"Ultimately, I want to couple academia, policy, and advocacy to innovate and implement solutions for people of color from low-income backgrounds."

Dwayne Bensing

“As white people, our actions and beliefs have tangible impact on the movement for educational equity, and we must assess our own behaviors and hold ourselves accountable to ensuring our most vulnerable students receive the education they deserve.”

Selam Gebre

"The Policy Advisor Fellowship helped me get into spaces to do this hard and important work."

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."

Steven Almazan

"People most directly impacted by educational inequity need to collectively work together to design and implement policy strategies and campaigns that can elevate the support of our most vulnerable communities."

Hoang Murphy

"As much as I care about and am personally invested in ending educational inequity, I know that I can never care more than the parents and students themselves."

Women in Public Leadership Program 2016

“It is important for me to be a connector, organizer and leader in my community to support all students and families on their journey.”

Tolu Sosanya

"The Community Organizing Fellowship gave me a theoretical and technical framework for understanding organizing, and prepared me for my current role."

Shawnae Montagueo

"The kids were always and always will be capable. But what do our policies and systems of support say about our expectations of those we deem responsible for their learning?"

Arleen Vargas

"The fellowship helped me find a place to channel my frustrations and passions into action."

Andrew Murphy

"My vision for ending educational inequity, then, is to assist people of color and all underrepresented groups in claiming positions of power, for themselves and their communities."

“I am confident that I was well-positioned to make meaningful contributions to my new organization because of my participation in the program."

"PASF has opened up my eyes to just the number of opportunities, work that needs to be done, and the people who are crucial in leading this effort."

Chris Gurley

"Through PASF, I was able to make the transition to start effecting the change I want to see."

Lisa Lazare

"I got involved with LEE to tear back the layers of what is causing inequity across racial lines and socioeconomic lines."

Winford Adams

"My theory of change relies heavily on the idea that my perspective — the perspective of a black, first-generation college graduate, and elected official — has been under-represented in the rooms where policy decisions are made."

I believe that we can assure every child has access to quality educational opportunities in their own neighborhood by adopting equitable policies that bridge the opportunity gap of our diverse student populations.

Lisa Lazare

"I can see now the different ways that education intersects with politics, and why it’s critical to have voices advocating for students on all levels."

Adriana Lombard

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

Lange Luntao

An APIA elected official asked the room full of participants if they had ever envisioned an Asian-American president before, and no one raised their hands despite everyone in the room being APIA themselves.

Elise Cranston

I get to work as the bridge to the local level to learn more about the experiences of communities, and then share those experiences, challenges and successes with policymakers at the federal level.

Dr. Edward Valandra

Given our colonized status, asserting our educational sovereignty is the antidote for ending educational inequity.

Virtual Trainings

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

Brandon Lewis

I fight for educational equity because I believe that black boys born in Alabama deserve a high quality education. They shouldn’t be hindered because they were born in the wrong zip code or because they have black skin.

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."

Jovanda Warren

When I truly reflected on those teachers, I realized that although I was helped, the majority of my classmates were left behind. This realization lit a fire in me to be a teacher like those I had, but to be that for all students.

Edith Rahimian

"It wasn’t until I began mentoring a middle school student in Tucson that I recognized the difference that existed between her school and my school, simply because of the zip code. It infuriated me!"

Chelsea Addison

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

David Lai

"My vision for combating educational inequity involves activating and mobilizing traditionally under-served groups that are most affected by educational inequity."

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.”

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

Kerease Epps

Chicago native Kerease Epps knew growing up that the system she was a part of as a Chicago Public Schools student wasn’t one that gave all students a fair chance.

RST Summit

What do you get when you combine organizers from across the country, a year’s worth of major public action wins and a vision for an equitable future?

Irene Holtzman

Put your earbuds in and join us as a fly on the wall for Irene’s reflections on her path from 6th-grade teacher to executive director of Friends of Choice in Urban Schools.

An intensive six-month program that builds leadership skills through individualized coaching, consulting and exclusive trainings, the Venture Fund & Fellowship is helping LEE members like Yannell take their civic ventures to the next level — and giving them a chance at up to $100,000 in funding.

Stephanie is inspiring fellow Coloradans to add their voice to the movement to end inequity.

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

Why mentors need not be older than you, and how to find the people who will sustain you personally and professionally.

Seeking talent focused on ending educational inequity?

As the youngest-ever chair of the Board of Education for the school system where he was once both a student and a teacher, stories of students and the relationships Courtney has with teachers, parents, and community members show up in every policy decision he makes.

Our conversation with Kaya Henderson packs a punch, and not in the way you might assume if you know much about this former Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.

Jackie’s primary objective as a fellow is to get every state to commit to standing up for equity.

"Real leadership happens when individuals see value in ever

Manny Lamarre

Ever meet a leader whose energy is infectious? Who you can just tell is going places? That’s Manny Lamarre.

Elisa Hoffman

LEE member and Cincinnati School Board member Elisa Hoffman made the most of 2016.

Jaqueline Tucker is working to ensure that her students — and all of the students that come after them — will have passionate people advocating for them, from the classroom to the White House.

Luzelma Canales

What sets Luzelma Canales apart, makes her an example not just for women in leadership, but an example for us all? Her community leaders her.

Stacey Childress

"For all of us in entrepreneurship or more traditional leadership a

Matt Candler

“You can go your whole career and do things to folks, thinking that it's the right th

Tai Dixon

Tai Dixon of the Children’s Defense on her favorite failures, her strategies for work-free weekends, and why she cautions against listening to too much advice from others — zing!

 Nicole Baker-Fulgham

Combining her Christian faith and experiences as a teacher and education advocate, Nicole working to close the academic achievement gap by building networks of local congregations.

Jim Shelton — president of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founding executive director of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and former deputy secretary of education for the U.S. Department of Education — talks with us about everything from who’s getting it right in education to how he plans his days.

Sara Bokhari

In the education world of today, leadership from people who acknowledge their own intersecting so

“We have the opportunity to change laws, and we can put in policies that work better

The Leaders’ Table Podcast is a series of discussions with leaders in policy & advocacy who a

Kalima Johnson TFA 25 Headshot

In August 2011, Kalima Johnson left the United States for the first time.

I was born in Los Angeles, but I grew up in rural South Dakota.

President Obama signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 10, 2015

Join The Leadership Conference Education Fund for the virtual launch on November 29, 2016, at 1 PM ET.

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.

LEE member Stephanie Klupinski's job is to make sure that the dream of a charter school is actually happening in the classroom.

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.

Ryan Smith visits The Leaders' Table

Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust-West, joins LEE for the launch of The Leaders' Table podcast. Ryan riffs with Jason Llorenz on advocacy in a very big state, shares advice for future executive directors, and talks about what it takes to make policy with communities, not for them.

Aura Cely

LEE member Aura Cely (TFA San Antonio ’14) is a connector — of people, of resources, of ideas. She believes in the power of organizing to bridge gaps and bring neighbors together, and in making distinct resources to work in tandem and make an even greater impact.

PASF

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

Thu Pham

After three years in the classroom, I was still yearning for a career that felt as equally meanin

Kirsten Schmitz

This time last year, I was already three weeks into my post-graduate job search; the fact that I

Mary Roaf

One of the biggest questions I have asked myself since walking into my 7th grade social studies c

Barbara Graves-Poller

How one LEE member sees education as a human right's issues and is using her law degree to fight for educational equity.

Sanford Johnson

LEE member, Sanford Johnson, returns to his home state of Mississippi to focus on education policy and advocacy through his organization Mississippi First.

Jasma Jones: Community Organizing Fellow

As a Teach for America corps member in my hometown of St.

Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship

What one LEE member has to say about the Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship

What I Never Learned in Graduate School: Reflection on the 2014 LEE Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship

Katie Hagan reflects on her experience as a Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellow in 2014.

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

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.

For LEE members Milagros Barsallo and Veronica Palmer, it all comes down to family.