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“In a perfect world, no one will have to look out of their communities to find quality education."

"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."

For more than 20 years, Laura has been leading grassroots social change. Come along with us as we hear about where she’s been and where she’s headed.

"...when LEE came around, they not only helped us chart the path, but they also gave us the rocket fuel we needed to break through the atmosphere.”

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.

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

I wasn’t the dumb kid, I was the dyslexic kid. The way they were teaching me wasn’t the way I learned. Reaching these kids and saving them the heartache is what motivates my work.

Driven by the belief — and backed up by studies — that “highly effective educators are the single ingredient most likely to impact student achievement,” Profound Gentlemen provides career support for black male educators so they can, in turn, serve as mentors to boys of color, ultimately improving the students’ social and emotional well-being and increasing their opportunities for success.

Matt Candler

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

 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.

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

What does your ballot look like?

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.

Our schools and our students are suffering from injustices. It's time to do things differently. We need innovation, and now you can have the tools to something about it.

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.

Carlos Leon

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

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