We are faculty and staff, school and district administrators, Board of Education members, local community leaders, parents, students and university researchers working together to reduce the impact of the opportunity gaps facing students in our communities.  Through our network of allies and supporters we can offer you financial and technical support to begin equity and resilience related organizing in your own community.  We are generously supported by the NEA and the IEA.

Leaders for Just Schools

Ready to impact your school, district and community around racial and social justice issues? Want to brainstorm with other leaders how to address equity and resilience related issues? The NEA, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, has developed a cutting edge leadership development program for those interested in racial, social and educational justice. The IEA and the Opportunity Coalition are pleased to announce the Leaders for Just Schools cohorts for the upcoming school year. The instructors are state and local leaders, award winning educators and experienced community organizers who will help you build momentum for change in your local schools and communities. Cohort members who successfully complete the program will receive a micro credential and will have the opportunity to earn an organizing stipend to continue the work.

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Opportunity Matters

Opportunity Coalition members and allies are inspiring! See some of their stories at our blog, Opportunity Matters.

Opportunity Coalition Developmental Framework

By connecting local leaders to state and national resources, the Opportunity Coalition framework supports the development of Just Schools and Just Communities throughout Illinois.


Division Through Deception

The Opportunity Coalition works hard to build bridges to bring people together. Our member leaders resist those who would attempt to divide our schools and communities. Opportunity Coalition ally Gina Harris is a proud IEA member, an elected member of District #200 Board of Education and facilitator for the statewide cohort of the IEA Opportunity Coalition’s Leaders for Just Schools program. Hear her and other local leaders share about how they were able to successfully counter an attempt to divide the Oak Park and River Forest communities.

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