Getting to Know Alexis Hardy, Accelerate Institute’s New Director of Partnerships

As Accelerate Institute celebrates our 30th anniversary of igniting academic achievement this year, we are also very excited to have recently welcomed Alexis Hardy as our new Director of Partnerships. A product of the Chicago Public Schools system, Alexis grew up in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. She holds a …

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Interrupt, Reimagine, and Reconnect: A Look Back at the 2021-22 School Year

By Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer The 2022-23 school year is now underway, and a look back on the learnings from the return to full-time, in-person instruction last year can serve as a treasure trove of insights for school leaders. At Accelerate Institute, we knew the continuing impact of the global pandemic would bring …

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A Letter From the CEO: Celebrating 30 Years of Igniting Academic Achievement

I’ve never seen a more challenging job than being a school leader. Everything they have to deal with, on top of leading a school, can seem daunting. There are so many exceptional leaders out there who need our support now more than ever if we’re going to continue helping kids achieve their dreams. — Nora …

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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

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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National Principals Month: Some thoughts and appreciation for those doing transformational work every single day

National Principals Month

Some thoughts and appreciation for those doing transformational work every single day October is National Principals Month, so we wanted to share some of our appreciation for all they do, as well as showcase some of the transformational principals out there who continue to elevate their profession. October might be their month, but being a …

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How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 2)

How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 2)

With a new school year underway, our intent remains: reimagining how to approach schooling so that all students thrive. We also continue to reflect on the pandemic’s impact on health and learning. New research proves what we knew to be true: the pandemic widened the opportunity and achievement gaps that existed pre-pandemic. “In math, students …

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How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 1)

How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 1)

This summer, we’re all taking a moment to pause, look back, and reflect upon the past school year. The 2020-21 school year was truly a testament to the resilience of school leaders, teachers, staff, and students—all who persevered through uncertainty and tremendous ups and downs in a year unlike any other before. People and process …

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Accelerate Institute Invites You to Review Our Equity Stance

At the end of 2020, we as a country were confronted by a number of different crises that upended life and work as we knew it. Amid a simultaneous international health crisis, economic downturn, and social events sparked by political unrest, the country also took on a long-overdue reckoning with racial injustice and moved inequity …

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