Since 1964, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) – a non-profit, nonpartisan organization – has been at the forefront of innovative efforts that bring together leaders across the various sectors of education (P-20), workforce development and child- and youth-serving systems. IEL builds partnerships across institutional boundaries, helping individuals and institutions tackle leadership challenges and leverage the resources of multiple partners to foster reform. For IEL, deep and purposeful collaboration is essential to getting results that will transform learning for the 21st Century.
IEL’s work focuses on multiple factors that influence child and youth outcomes. Institutional factors, such as effective organizational stewardship and strong professional development; in-school factors, such as principal leadership, teacher quality and rigorous, engaging curricula; and non-school factors, such as family circumstances and community context all require attention. We believe that our society and our leaders can and must address all dimensions of child and youth development.
A society that uses all of its resources effectively to provide an equal opportunity for all children and youth to learn, develop and become contributing citizens of our democracy. This demands leaders with the ability to tear down barriers and unite diverse stakeholders.
IEL's mission is to build the capacity of individuals and communities to work together across programmatic boundaries to prepare all children and youth for post-secondary education, careers, and citizenship.
IEL's Core Principles
- Leadership development and professional development are necessary to prepare people with knowledge, skills and abilities to help children and youth succeed.
- Culturally competent leaders are vital to empowering organizations to address the needs of a diverse society.
- Quality education is a responsibility shared by school systems, families, communities, businesses and governments.
- The results we seek for our children and youth must guide our work with them.
- Strategic alliances and partnerships are essential to achieving measurable and sustainable outcomes.