ABOUT US

IEEPE is committed to helping children of color and economically disadvantaged students
attending DC Public Schools avoid achieve self-sufficiency,
and reach their full potential and succeed and thrive in the
21st century global economy.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Institute for Equity and Excellence in Public Education (IEEPE) is to improve educational and life outcomes for children of color and economically disadvantaged students attending DC public schools. IEEPE works to achieve its mission by engaging in advocacy for education reform, providing programming to students, and providing training to educators and parents.

VISION STATEMENT

The vision of IEEPE is to ensure that every DC public school student has access to the high quality education, resources, and opportunity they need to compete and thrive in the 21st century global economy and reach their full potential.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”

~ Frederick Douglass

WHAT WE DO

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ADVOCACY

Advocate for educational policies and practices that promote equal access to high quality education, resources, and opportunity for students of color and economically disadvantaged youth attending DC Public and Schools.
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PROGRAMMING

Provide programming to improve academic, social-emotional, and life outcomes for at-risk, DC youth.
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TRAINING

Empower parents to become informed and effective educational advocates for school reform meet the needs of their children

LEADERSHIP

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LaFonda Willis is the Founder and CEO of the Institute for Equity and Excellence in Public Education (IEEPE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational and life outcomes for children attending public schools in urban school districts. Ms. Willis is also the Education Chair for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) DC Branch, Education Chair for the National African-American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) – DC Chapter, Parliamentarian for the Ward 5 Education Council, and Devotion to Community Chair for the University of Miami Alumni Club – DC Canes Chapter. As Chair for the NAACP DC and NAADPC Education Committees, Ms. Willis engages in advocacy and implements programming to promote equal access to high-quality education, resources, and opportunity for at-risk DC youth.

Before launching IEEPE, LaFonda was a Administrator (Dean of Students) for DC Public Schools. As a Dean of Students, she decreased out-of-school suspension rates by 80 to 100 percent and office discipline referrals by 60 to 80 percent at one of the district’s high-need, lowest performing schools. Ms. Willis was rated Highly-Effective during her administrative tenure, earning a 3.85 IMPACT score on a 4.0 scale. In her dual capacity as a DCPS Administrator and NAACP DC Education Chair, Ms. Willis implemented a 5-component mentoring program for African-American and Hispanic boys that decreased office discipline referrals, improved student behavior, and increased student engagement, student achievement, and student satisfaction with school.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

JUDGE ARTHUR BURNETT, SR. (RET)
Washington, DC
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CHRISTINE NGUESSAN
Washington, DC
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JOHN MATTHEWS, III,
Washington, DC
BRICE AKOLY DOGBEH
Washington, DC