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Our Work

The Power of Lead Learners

When you take the passion and experience of teachers, then add relevant support, academic focus, and new opportunities for shared learning and planning, you build a foundation for improvement that can adapt to evolving standards and student needs.

We’ve helped school systems achieve lasting change so students and teachers alike thrive today and beyond.

Our Approach

Teachers are invaluable to ensuring students access the knowledge and skills they need to follow their dreams. But too often, their own opportunities to grow fall short of what’s best for teachers and students.

That’s where we come in. We focus high-quality professional development for teachers on their curriculum and put it back where it belongs: in schools, where they can collaborate to strengthen students’ experiences in real time. Equity lives in the choices teachers make every day, so we have to support them to lead classrooms where every student can thrive, no matter where they start.

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Making Equity Actionable

True, sustainable educational change must acknowledge and disrupt the effects of structural oppression. We are determined to foster schools where all policies, practices, and mindsets promote access to real opportunity for all students.

That’s why we evaluate choices through the frames of diversity, equity, and inclusion when guiding senior leaders through planning for instructional improvement. Furthermore, our programs offer more than 30 hours of equity-focused learning for teachers, leaders, and decision-makers that address topics such as structural inequities, cycles of oppression, and marginalization in education.

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89% of students

served by LE identify as students of color

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51% of students

served by LE identify as Black

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29% of students

served by LE identify as Latinx or Hispanic

Building for What Comes Next

For more than 10 years, we’ve worked to stay on the cutting edge of strengthening instruction to prepare all students for a rapidly changing world. Success beyond school requires a deep base of knowledge, comfort with taking many approaches to solving problems, and skill in connecting with others across lines of difference.

With leading public districts and charter networks, we’re developing sustainable strategies for adopting strong materials, elevating teachers’ expertise, making equitable visions for instruction actionable, and bolstering the leadership capacity to adapt to future change with focus.

Meet Our Partners
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“[The DC Public Schools LEAP partnership] was one of the earliest and most serious efforts to connect professional learning activities with the actual curriculum that teachers are expected to enact in their classrooms with their students."
Ross Wiener, Aspen Institute