The achievement gap is not about students who are failing; it is about the schools that have failed the students. There are far too many statistics discussing what children cannot do simply because their education has failed them.
It is time to change the conversation. Change the outcomes. Change how we address education in the U.S.
In the current public education system country-wide, African American, Latino, and poor students of all races are two years behind their wealthier, predominantly white peers in reading and math by the end of the fourth grade. By eighth grade, they have slipped three years behind, and by twelfth grade, four years behind.
Across the nation, there are dramatic examples that show there are significantly better, measurable outcomes that are possible for our children. It all starts with one key factor: transformational school leadership.
Without truly effective and transformational principals working to ensure that children growing up in poverty have access to great schools, we will continue to have the same troubling conversation about education in America. Accelerate Institute believes school leaders who are properly trained—and believe that all students can and must succeed—have the power to transform urban schools...and ultimately children’s lives.
We make decisions in which student achievement and wellbeing are prioritized while honoring individual student experiences.
We bring our best work, are productive, are present, and get accelerated results.
Our interactions and cooperation produce a combined effect greater than the sum of the separate effects.
We value all dimensions of diversity and seek to model the fairness and justice that we want to see in the world.
The work is hard. In that we find joy and are thankful to each other and show appreciation for all stakeholders.
Our commitment to diversity
Accelerate Institute embraces diversity. It is something we have believed in and supported from day one. Having a diverse organization aligns with our commitment to an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or other legally protected status. We are also ready to accommodate physically challenged or special needs individuals that require any special assistance. Accelerate Institute is proud of our history of diversity and is a strong supporter of the community.
Driven by the possibility of closing the achievement gap
Accelerate Institute was founded over 20 years ago by Pat Ryan, Jr., after he served as a teacher on the South Side of Chicago and gang narcotics officer. From early on, Mr. Ryan’s conviction has been that all children deserve access to an equal education. That became the genesis of Accelerate Institute. Since then, Accelerate Institute has pioneered a strategic approach to creating transformational school leaders. The proof lies in the results its own charter school (Alain Locke Charter School) posts again and again. The school serves as an incubator for up-and-coming leaders, showing them how the achievement gap can be remedied through a leadership approach that is deliberate, focused, and replicable.
Pat Ryan, Jr., Founder, Accelerate Institute
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