The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked a vigorous national movement against the ways in which the American justice system perpetuates systemic racism, with outsized effects on African Americans and people of color. However, these problems are not confined to our justice system. Education policies on student discipline, course access, teacher preparation, school funding, and myriad others continue to marginalize poor students and students of color. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed these inequities further and in many cases deepened them.

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”

The Leading for Equity and Excellence Program (LEEP) National Cohort is looking for systems thinkers to join its 2020 National Cohort. LEEP was established as a professional resource for state boards committed to advancing equity in education. The goal of the program is to build the capacity of leaders to apply an equity lens to policymaking that strengthens the state’s role in dismantling systems that perpetuate racism and inequality in education.

The LEEP National Cohort is for individuals looking for a shared learning experience with a diverse community of professionals committed to this work. At the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • IDENTIFY personal core values and develop greater competency to lead through crisis;
  • ENGAGE diverse perspectives on the influence of politics, race, and culture in public education; and
  • DEVELOP state-level strategies that identify discriminatory policies and propose solutions that remove systemic barriers and close achievement gaps.

The LEEP National Cohort will participate in three online learning events in July and August: July 16, July 30, and August 13.

Participants in the program should demonstrate a commitment to advance equity, a willingness to explore issues of race and culture in education, and be eager to promote systemic change in their state. If you have been looking for an opportunity to take your leadership to the next level, the LEEP National Cohort is a great opportunity. The time is now!

Apply for the 2020 LEEP National Cohort here. Please contact Kimberly Charis, NASBE’s senior equity consultant, at for more information. The deadline to apply is July 1.

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