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The Institute for Educational Leadership Welcomes José Muñoz as the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools



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Washington, D.C. - August 2, 2017 - The Institute for Educational
Leadership (IEL) is pleased to announce José Muñoz as the second
director of IEL's Coalition for Community Schools. Muñoz succeeds
Martin J. Blank, who served as the founding director of the
Coalition for Community Schools and is retiring. 
Muñoz will
assume his position as director on September 6, 2017.

"José Muñoz has been at the helm of major youth development enterprises in Indiana, Florida, Las Vegas and Albuquerque, and comes with a deep understanding of what it takes to bring diverse groups of leaders together to create big wins for youth. As director of the ABC Community Schools Partnerships in Albuquerque, he has been a natural leader as well as a unifying force in our Community School Leadership Network, and his vision of 'Building on the Past, Embracing the Present, and Preparing our Future,' is the right message for the Coalition at this important time. No one can replace the historical impact of founding director Marty Blank in the modern community schools era, but José Muñoz has the heart and soul and savvy leadership to take us far into the next leg of the journey. Please join me in welcoming José!" said Lisa Villarreal, chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Community Schools.
Listen to Muñoz comments while receiving the Community Schools Initiative Leadership Award

 "I am looking forward to working together with José in his new role and as a member of IEL's executive leadership team. José will build on the strong foundation of community schools work across the country and lead the Coalition to ever increasing its visibility, resources, and impact in the lives of children, youth, adults, and families. I am particularly excited about José's cross-sectoral experiences which make him a strong cross-boundary leader who will bring a fresh perspective on where the Coalition needs to go," said Dr. Johan E. Uvin, IEL's president.

 In his role with the ABC Partnership, Muñoz has led ABC's unique cross-sector Joint Partnership Agreement between six public and private agencies for five years. His "All Hands In" approach to leadership increased financial support to the Partnership by 300%, effectuating the growth in the number of community schools in Albuquerque by 85% in just five years. Prior to leading the efforts at ABC, José coordinated a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative national model site for Bernalillo County, and also served youth and families with the Boys & Girls Clubs in three regions of the United States.

 "I'm extremely humbled to follow Marty Blank in this very important role. I'm encouraged that together as a Coalition, we will firmly establish equity for our children and youth—the children and youth in whom we place our hope," said Muñoz.

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 About Coalition for Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools, an initiative of  the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, higher education, family support, health and human services, government, and philanthropy as well as national, state, and local community school networks. The Coalition advocates for community schools as a strategy to leverage local resources and programs, changing the look and feel of the traditional school structure to best meet the needs of children and families in the 21st century.

About Institute for Educational Leadership

For a half-century, the Institute for Educational Leadership has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families. Bound by no constituency, IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels to bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families. The work of IEL focuses on three pillars required for young people and their communities to succeed: Involving the broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people; building more effective pathways into the workforce for all young people and supporting the transition to adulthood; and preparing generations of leaders with the know-how to drive collaborative efforts at all levels.

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