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    Closing the achievement gap by creating high-impact school leaders who accelerate student achievement

What can make this a reality for every child across the nation? Transformational school leadership. And we’re here to make that happen.

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Your investment in Accelerate Institute supports school leaders who inspire and influence dozens of teachers—who, in turn, impact hundreds of students.

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The country’s foremost principal fellowship prepares aspiring school leaders through a rigorous three-year program; it directly attacks the issue of underperforming urban schools by addressing why those schools fail: a lack of qualified leadership.

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The School Accelerator is a world-class program designed to develop and support school principals and their leadership teams and move their schools from good to great.

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The Ryan Award recognizes the important and challenging work of school leaders across America—those who give students a chance by believing in them and hold student success as the true measure of their own professional success.

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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.

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This exceptional school is Accelerate Institute’s proof point for urban schools. It exemplifies excellence in academics, the arts, personal, and social development, and producing students who are globally competitive.

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CURRENT EVENTS

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. 

  • Accelerator Principals Achieve Another A

    Accelerator Principals Achieve Another A

    Congratulations to Accelerator Principals Katie Kirley and Duane Krambeck for helping Steel City Academy earn an “A” for its 2019 grade—the only Gary, IN school to do so. The school’s 128.3 growth points were 22 points higher than the next-best performing high school in Gary. This is the second year in a row Steel City have achieved an A. You can read more here.

  • “Hyper Focus” Report Available Now

    “Hyper Focus” Report Available Now

    Get the FREE “Hyper Focus” report on transformational school leadership that details the guiding principles that act as the foundation of our work of developing our nation’s transformational urban school leaders.

  • Leadership Academy Goes to the West Coast

    Leadership Academy Goes to the West Coast

    We took the Leadership Academy to Contra Costa County, California in January for a special session with local assistant principals, deans, instructional coaches and other school leadership team members.

  • Results Are In: High Placement Rates & Satisfaction

    Results Are In: High Placement Rates & Satisfaction

    Leaders trained by Accelerate Institute are prepared for principalship! Recent survey results show Fellows value our program and have high placement rates.

  • Dr. Catherine Burns Presents at the INCS Lunch and Learn

    Dr. Catherine Burns Presents at the INCS Lunch and Learn

    Dr. Catherine Burns dropped in on the Illinois Network of Charter Schools’s Feb. 12 Lunch and Learn event to share a bit on what we’re all about with a fantastic group of fellow educators.

  • Principal Fellows Exceed National Retention Rates

    Principal Fellows 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!

  • Pat Ryan, Jr. Sits Down for Edutopia Interview

    Pat Ryan, Jr. Sits Down for Edutopia Interview

    Accelerate Institute Founder Pat Ryan, Jr. sits down with Edutopia to discuss the “3 Counterintuitive Truths About Great Schools.” Watch it here

  • 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

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