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    Please join us for the
    10th Annual Impact event
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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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Leadership Academy. Provides practical day-to-day strategies to improve leadership practice in schools for assistant principals, deans, and other leadership team members in order to improve teachers’ instructional practice and positively impact academic outcomes.

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The country’s foremost principal fellowship, designed to develop leaders who are “change agents” who have the qualities and skills to create and lead schools that rapidly and effectively accelerate student achievement.

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

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A national award recognizing principals who have demonstrated accelerated results in underserved schools. Ryan Awardees are also engaged in developing the next generation of school leaders by teaching Principal Fellows and Accelerator Principals.

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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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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. 

  • New Report Looks at

    New Report Looks at "Forcing Function" for Schools

    This in-depth report examines how schools can leverage the Forcing Function system to drive school change. The Forcing Function system includes a main school goal around student achievement, a Primary Metric to monitor progress toward the goal, and a set of structures and norms that “force” the school to analyze what is and isn’t working and create action steps. 

  • 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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