NASBE’s Leading for Equity and Excellence Project (LEEP) is a strong, essential beginning component for systemic equity transformation at the state policy level. LEEP will provide state boards with professional development and skills training to promote equity and excellence for all students. Through LEEP, state boards will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the impact of race, equity, and equality on educational attainment through facilitated conversations that are respectful, insightful, and transformative.

State boards that participate in LEEP’s interactive seminars will strengthen their capacity to 1) have open and effective conversations about the impact of race, equity, and equality on student achievement; 2) apply a race, equity, and equality lens to policymaking that supports structural and systemic changes needed to close the achievement gap; and 3) foster a climate of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration with diverse stakeholders such as parents, caregivers, students, and civil rights advocates.

During LEEP’s 2017 pilot year, state boards will engage in discussions on core concepts, including the Courageous Conversation Protocol,™ Adaptive Leadership for Equity, as well as Policy through the Lens of Power, Bias, and Privilege. In 2018, LEEP will launch a complete training strategy, with customized day-long workshops for individual state boards.  

For more information about LEEP, or if your board would like to participate in piloting the equity training strategy, please contact Kimberly Charis, NASBE’s director of school climate, discipline, and equity.