Funded in 2021, the Leaders in Education Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Racial justice (LEADER) initiative aims to elevate community-driven efforts to increase and sustain diversity in Washington’s educator workforce. Between 2021-2030, the LEADER initiative will coordinate and connect regional coalitions to transform educational policies, practices, and institutional cultures through a series of planning and implementation grants. Planning grantees will develop a workforce strategic plan using LEADER goals and approaches.
LEADER is supported by College Spark.
- Increase racial, ethnic, linguistic, gender, and community representation across the educator workforce.
- Sustain a diverse racial, ethnic, linguistic, gender, and community represented educator workforce.
- Advance change in policies, practices, and institutional cultures to amplify equity, antiracism, and racial justice across the education system.
- Champion community-driven change to ensure the work reflects and is guided by the voices and needs of communities in Washington.
- Focus on systems change with an understanding that educational systems that support students of color benefit all learners.
- Prioritize racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the initiative.
- Collaborate with partners to bring people, resources, and ideas together across government, local communities, and the private and philanthropic sectors.
- Build on the talents and strengths of a diverse education workforce to improve relationships with and experiences of students, families, and educators, especially within communities of color.
LEADER is funded by College Spark Washington with $13.8 million invested over eight years. The review process was administered by PESB. Each LEADER grantee will lead a regional coalition of Educational Service Districts (ESDs), school districts, educator preparation programs, community groups, and federally recognized or non-federally recognized tribes, to assess regional needs and assets in order to design and implement a plan to meet the grant goals.
Regional coalitions are made up of conveners (the primary grant applicant with financial responsibility), planning teams, and partner groups. Grant projects will center the needs and assets of the region. Conveners must be an Educational Service District (ESD), federally recognized or non-federally recognized tribe, community organization, educator preparation program, school district, or another group that meets the eligibility requirements.