The National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL)

2015 UnidosUS Fellows



The National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) will bridge a current gap in the policy arena by infusing the voice of school leaders working with and on behalf of Latino students.


UnidosUS Fellows will provide insights, highlight practices, and inform policies that directly relate to or impact Latino youth in the public school system.

The NILSL seeks to bridge the divide between practice and policy by providing school leaders the tools they need to:

  • Shape the education reform debate by including a Latino perspective
  • Advocate for policies and reform efforts that render increased educational outcomes for Latino and English language learner (ELL) students
  • Educate decision-makers and influence national policy to shape effective accountability measures geared at Latino and ELL students

There are five principles that guide the mission and vision of the NILSL Institute:

  • Access to quality education
  • High standards, high support
  • Respect to the Latino community, culture, and values
  • Rigorous accountability systems
  • Responsible advocacy



  • Establish and sustain a cohort of school leaders who can serve as spokespeople and address pressing education issues


  • Solidify a pipeline of school leaders
  • Establish a respected and credible source of school leaders that are actively engage in advocacy efforts on behalf of Latino students and effectively influence the field of education

It is expected that the training modules offered to UnidosUS Fellows, in combination with their culminating policy project, will serve to raise awareness of Latino education issues and build support to address identified issues at the national, state, and local levels.