The Accelerator: Accelerating the growth of current school principals and their leadership teams

Inspired by the approach that is the hallmark of the most successful start-ups and turnarounds, The Accelerator is an investment in focused change management.

It is an outcomes-based approach proven to drive results and invests in talent at all levels to cultivate both the mindset and skillset needed to manage successfully through change.

  • Summer Institute to provide an academic foundation

  • Strategic planning exercises to set up success

  • Creation of outcome management systems at the school

  • Leaders and their teams have weekly and monthly engagement with The Accelerator

How does The Accelerator work?


  • Experts conduct school visits 3 times/year over a 3-year period to create a baseline and establish goals

Academic foundation 

  • Focus on implementation of best practices 

  • Develop management capabilities to drive organizational change, utilizing high-output management tools adapted from Andrew Grove’s highly-acclaimed book 

  • 3-year support model 

Weekly meetings

  • Implement Compstat management approach, productivity is measured and individuals are held accountable

  • Monthly cohort meetings led by Hall of Fame urban school leaders

  • Individual advisor assigned for additional support


  • Accelerate Institute identifies champion investors to fund the full cost of the program ($250,000 per school)

The best. Bar none...This training was tailored specifically to me and my school's needs. It set the entire year up for success!

- Kaylee Jackson, Carmen Middle School of Science and Technology—Northwest Campus

Who benefits from The Accelerator?

  • School Principals: Develops a school leader’s knowledge and skills in accelerating academic growth

  • Principal managers/CMO executive directors: Levels up the ability to manage and support school leaders by creating alignment with the team and their plans

  • Leadership Team: Elevates their ability to accelerate academic growth

Accelerator principals across the United States 

Accelerate Institute has supported more than 30 principals through targeted region-based programming with The Accelerator. The Accelerator supports these principals for three years to ensure their success as transformational school leaders.