Professional Development Opportunities

Leadership for Educational Equity

2017 Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship

Looking for an experience to accelerate your leadership in policy or advocacy?

Apply for the 2017 LEE Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellowship, which will place over 170 LEE members in a full-time placement with a high-impact policy or advocacy organization for eight weeks between June and August. Throughout the summer, Fellows will also participate in one-on-one coaching, regional training and networking events. This is a great opportunity to gain meaningful experience to help you advance your career in policy or advocacy.

“This fellowship gave me a deeper understanding of the ways in which an idea becomes policy, the ability to evaluate a policy and its implications for equity, and a valuable network of key decision-makers and stakeholders.”

– Katherine Hanson, 2016 Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellow, Office of Ohio State Senator Peggy Lehner

Apply Now

Regular deadline: January 23, 2017

*Please note: You must be a LEE member to apply. LEE membership is currently limited to TFA corps members, alumni and staff.  You can sign up to join LEE for free at


Regional Public Leadership Summit

New Orleans, Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2, 2017

During this weekend, the Regional Public Leadership Summit brings together entry-level LEE members for a free workshop to learn about different methods for pursuing change in the public sector, determine the kind of change they want to make, develop a foundation of skills needed for success, and learn about opportunities to gain experiences and refine their skills with LEE. Participants will dive deep into important issues in the local landscape and meet senior LEE members and other community leaders working for social justice in the region.

Outcomes of LEE’s 2017 Public Leadership Summit:

Throughout the weekend workshops, LEE members will

    • Learn about pathways to dismantling systems of inequity
    • Develop a foundation of skills needed to succeed in policy, advocacy, organizing or elected leadership
    • Find out how LEE can help you advance your goals and career

Registration is free and LEE will cover travel and lodging costs.

This workshop is open to LEE members of all identities. Members who are the best fit for the Regional Public Leadership Summit (RPLS) want to explore key problems and identify solutions in their communities.

RPLS has a heavy emphasis on

  • Specific problems that perpetuate inequities in education (i.e. school segregation or the school-to-prison pipeline)
  • Developing leaders equipped to think critically about why these problems exist and how to address them

Application open: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Priority deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Final deadline: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Applicants can email with any questions or to request an application


Apply for the Prosper Mastermind Growth Groups!

Mastermind Growth Groups offer peer advisory groups to women who are growing their business and eager to receive input on the challenges they face.

Who is it for? Mastermind Growth Groups are open to female entrepreneurs/business owners who are past the idea stage, not part of a parent company and who have aspirations to grow their business.

For more information or to apply, please go to

Witnessing Whiteness (WW) groups sponsor by the YMCA Hope you had restorative moments this last weekend. Each WW group is facilitated by YWCA facilitators & meets 10 times over 5 months, with the focus on Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race & How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk, 2nd edition. Participants purchase their own books; participation in the WW groups is free. We ask that participants make the WW group a priority—everyone understands that a participant may have to miss a meeting or so. For more information about WW groups, please reach out to Pat Cox (

Discussion Across Differences Training Materials
Looking for ways to hold productive conversations accross lines of difference? Download the “Discussion Across Differences” training materials, made available to the community from Ameren.

Friends of St. Louis Public Schools Advisory Board
The Friends of St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) Advisory Board is responsible for planning and administering the strategic direction of the Friends of SLPS, and acting as leaders and spokespersons for the Friends of SLPS. Volunteering on an advisory board is a great professional development opportunity and we encourage you to join! Read more about the Friends of Saint Louis Public Schools Advisory Board and contact SLPS’ Co-Chair Darion Robin ( for more information!

Five Questions to Ask Before Joining a Board
Before you join a nonprofit’s board, consider asking yourself 5 simple questions to ensure that your time on a board is a valuable networking and learning opportunity, instead of a frustrating experience.

Non-Profit Organization Guide
This resource is your guide to the non-profit world of St. Louis.  Need a resource for a student? Interested in volunteer experience either as a board member or a recurring commitment? Want to explore the landscape of non-profits for potential career avenues?  Download this guide and look no further.  If you work for or know about a non-profit and it is not included, please email to contribute to the monthly updates!

Resources From Karen House
There are A TON of downloadable resources to offer on white privilege, racism, Ferguson, and Mike Brown. Visit our webpage to check it out!

FREE course on character education
Interested in free teaching PD? Check out this free course on Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms! 

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