About IEL


For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. Bound by no constituency, IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels to bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families.

The work of IEL focuses on three pillars required for young people and their communities to succeed:

  • Involving the broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people.
  • Building more effective pathways into the workforce for all young people and supporting the transition to adulthood.
  • Preparing generations of leaders with the know-how to drive collaborative efforts at all levels.

Our Vision

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.


Our Mission

To equip leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary 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.