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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. 

  • Thank you for helping make this year's Impact Dinner a big success

    Thank you for helping make this year's Impact Dinner a big success


    It was a privilege to help celebrate the achievements of 2018 Ryan Award winners Jody-Anne Jones and Molly Cole at the annual Impact Dinner. We couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you to all who attended, as well those who contributed—together, we exceeded our fundraising goal.

  • Alain Locke Fundraiser: Expanding Horizons

    Alain Locke Fundraiser: Expanding Horizons

    The ongoing budget cuts at Chicago Public Schools could severely limit Alain Locke students’ access to field trips and experiential learning this school year. With your help, we can make sure students are able to have the real world experiences outside of the classroom that will put them on the path to greater academic success. Make a donation today

  • Mark your calendars

    Mark your calendars

    Instead of Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year, why not participate in #GivingTuesday instead? Read more about it here.

  • Way to go, class!

    Way to go, class!

    The Ryan Fellows Class of 2018 just completed their Leadership Playbook Defense in Chicago. They presented their plans for year one as a principal to a panel of peers, and soon they will put their Playbooks to work as year one principals! We can't wait to see this awesome cohort's impact on student learning.

  • Results Are In: High Placement Rates & Satisfaction

    Results Are In: High Placement Rates & Satisfaction

    Ryan Fellows are prepared for principalship! Survey results in 2017 show Fellows value our program and have high placement rates.

  • Carmen Ranked #1 School in Wisconsin

    Carmen Ranked #1 School in Wisconsin

    Carmen High School of Science and Technology, led by Ryan Fellow principal Janis Meinke, was ranked the #1 high school in Wisconsin by U.S. News and World Report!

  • Accelerate Institute Blog Launches

    Accelerate Institute Blog Launches

    Read about Ryan Fellow Drew Goltermann's approach to project-based learning (pictured) and more from our team, program members and partners on our brand-new blog.

  • Ryan Fellow Principals Exceed National Retention Rates

    Ryan Fellow Principals Exceed National Retention Rates

    It's so important for transformational school leaders to be in their work for the long run. We're excited to announce that our Fellows are more likely to remain in their position than the national average!

  • Accelerator Principals Close the Achievement Gap

    Accelerator Principals Close the Achievement Gap

    Leaders in our Accelerator program for sitting principals are bringing students up to grade level on ITBS assessments

  • Congratulations, Catherine!

    Congratulations, Catherine!

    Let’s celebrate! Managing Director Catherine Burns graduated this spring with a Doctorate of Education Leadership. Her thesis focused on principals as leaders of social justice. We’re proud of Dr. Catherine Burns and the wealth of knowledge she brings to our programs!


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