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Civic Engagement

Taylor McGraw and students of The Bell podcast

Taylor McGraw is helping students in New York City make a difference in their communities.

Viri Carrizales at SA RISE action in March, photo credit: Bonnie Arbittier/Rivard Report

“There are DACA students who have reverted back to only leaving the house when they have to. Family plans are back in place. And younger, documented students are having fears of being separated from their families.”

Lange Luntao at the APIA Political Leadership Program

I am a proud product of Stockton and the Stockton public education system.

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.

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.

Houston shelter

In the coming days and weeks, there will be lots of ways to help Houston recover. If you're able to donate, please give.

LEE members in South Louisiana are working hard to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in the Bayou State.

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.

"Real leadership happens when individuals see value in ever

 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.

Oakland Promise will engage nearly 200,000 children and families to help ensure that all students graduate high school with the expectations, skills, and resources to complete college and be successful in the career of their choice.

Kalima Johnson TFA 25 Headshot

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

Taylor Toynes with For Oak Cliff students

Returning to teach in his home town of Oak Cliff-Dallas, where the incarcerated far outnumber college graduates, Taylor Toynes quickly realized many of the students in South Oak Cliff lacked even the most basic school supplies. Undaunted, Taylor organized a community-wide response to meet the needs of over 1,000 students.

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.

What does your ballot look like?

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.

Dave Hand

LEE member Dave Hand loves data and numbers because he believes they form “the foundation of the stories that we should be telling.”

Teachers and former teachers are shaping their communities as elected leaders.

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.

Manny Lamarre Headshot

LEE Public Policy Fellow, Manny Lamarre (Miami-Dade, ’09), was recently promoted

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

Kelley Pomis

Kelley Pomis’ career journey is taking her full circle to impact thousands of kids from the east coast to the Rocky Mountain West.

Christine Lloyd

LEE Member Christine Lloyd, on right, participates in LEE’s Women’s Political Leadership Program in Washington, DC.

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

Carlos Leon

On any school day, Carlos Leon (10’) walks into Richard Green Elementary in the Twin Cities as a teacher-leader.