Intended Impact and Theory of Change

All K-12 students will have equal access to high-quality education and be on grade level

Effective Implementation of Data Systems

Leadership Development

Influence Through Thought Leadership

Accelerate Institute is disrupting the status quo by training school leaders to systemically transform schools into healthy, safe environments that are culturally relevant and centered on student learning outcomes—and giving every child a chance.

We develop urban K-12 school principals and leadership team members to become high-impact educators so they can deliver the equitable education our nation’s underserved youth deserve.



Developing school leadership teams to close the achievement gap

Provides practical day-to-day strategies to improve leadership practice in schools for principals, assistant principals, deans, and other leadership team members in order to improve teachers’ instructional practice and positively impact academic outcomes.


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Accelerating the growth of schools through leadership and systems development

Designed to train school principals and their leadership teams in high-output management strategies and tactics to accelerate the academic achievement of underperforming schools.


Whether you’re a principal looking to explore the ways other principals have closed the achievement gap, or a supporter who wants to see how the Accelerate Framework works, it’s all in here.


News, events and things going on at Accelerate Institute

From fundraising events to job postings, personal achievements to news about results, you can always catch up on the latest happenings here. Browse the images below to explore.

Using Data Trends to 80/20 Our 80/20

By Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer With many of our leaders now back from a much-deserved break, I want to share our mid-year data summary as a point of inspiration.  Successes to celebrate are clear; there is no way educators are working this hard without positive outcomes—some of which can be measured in academic …

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Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Principal Sustainability

The job of a principal was very demanding before COVID and those demands have only increased because of the pandemic. To support leaders effectively, districts and networks need to restructure from the current model to be reflective of current conditions. We can’t continue to pile more and more responsibilities on leaders and still expect them …

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Watch the ‘Equity in Schools’ Workshop Video Replay Today

Did you miss Accelerate Institute’s recent virtual workshop on delivering equity in education from Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns and Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment Erin Slack? The video replay is available now. In Thursday’s “Leveraging the Accelerate Framework to Advance Equity in Schools” workshop, Dr. Burns, Erin Slack, and educators from around …

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