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 National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association. Please contact us for more information.

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 2021-22 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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Teacher Leadership Pathways Project

Starting with a leadership self-assessment and a local context assessment, you will explore teacher leadership pathways alongside national experts from Northwestern University, while learning and practicing the core competencies required to maximize your impact. Effective schools need effective teacher leaders and effective teacher leaders need support to grow their capacity and impact.
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Register for Events

PRE-REGISTER for Leaders for Just Schools: Level I Cohort 2022-23
Building Opportunity: Leaders for Just Schools Level II Cohort 2022-23
The Opportunity Network: Leaders for Just Schools Level III & IV Cohort 2022-23

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.


COVID 19 Response

COVID-19 has laid bare the stark inequities within our society.  Opportunity Coalition members throughout the state have responded with creativity and courage to the pandemic.  Organizers have supported educator and community wellness programs, equity in remote learning conversations and food distribution efforts.  The Belvidere Opportunity Coalition organized donations for a food relief project which raised over $10,000 within a matter of days.  The video to your right highlights some brave Opportunity Coalition member volunteers responding to the basic needs of their students and their communities.

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