New report shines a light on principals’ impact on student performance

New Report Shines a Light on Principals’ Impact on Student Performance

A recent report from New York City-based Wallace Foundation reaffirms the profound impact high-performing school principals have on student achievement. The new report, “How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research,” is a follow-up to Wallace Foundation’s 2004 report, “How Leadership Influences Student Learning.” While the earlier report offered powerful …

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Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns hosts 'Advancing Equity in Schools' live panel recap

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns Hosts ‘Advancing Equity in Schools’ Live Panel Recap

On Thursday, March 18, Accelerate Institute Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns moderated a live, virtual panel discussion featuring three transformational school leaders. The “Advancing Equity in Schools” panel featured Joán Álvarez, executive director of IDEA Coastal Bend; Andrea Hernandez, principal of Navigator-Watsonville Prep School, grades K-3; and Liz Jamison-Dunn, principal of Catalyst – Circle …

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Starting a school in the middle of a pandemic has not been easy...

Starting a School in the Middle of a Pandemic Has Not Been Easy…

Gretchen Larsen is a Ryan Fellow in her second year of the Fellowship. She leads a small charter school, Explore Academy, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Explore chose to locate in a high-need area to serve students who didn’t have access to school options; in this ZIP Code, there are no schools with more than …

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Accelerate Institute to host ‘Advancing Equity in Schools’ live panel discussion

Accelerate Institute to Host ‘Advancing Equity in Schools’ Live Panel Discussion

Register here to join this important and timely discussion The current conversations around race and equity in America have motivated us all to reexamine the way we think about opportunity, bias, and social challenges in our country. Ample evidence confirms opportunity gaps are prevalent outside of school—children are impacted by inequities along racial lines long …

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Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Equity Work in Schools

Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Equity Work in Schools

In order for all students to achieve at a globally competitive level, their school system needs to be equitable at every level. It needs to meet students where they are and ensure that they receive the necessary supports to be adequately prepared for college, career, and civic life. Yet, our current school system is not …

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Dr. Catherine Burns Hosts Virtual Workshop on Conducting Instructional Walkthroughs for Remote Learning

Dr. Catherine Burns Hosts Virtual Workshop on Conducting Instructional Walkthroughs for Remote Learning

Accelerate Institute Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns recently hosted the virtual workshop “Maintaining Quality Learning in Remote Environments.” With the current school year unfolding amid the pandemic, schools across the nation have now turned to remote learning—either entirely, or to supplement a hybrid approach paired with in-classroom instruction. Providing continued access to an equitable …

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Watch: The 2020 Impact Virtual Event Video

Watch: The 2020 Impact Virtual Event Video

Accelerate Institute was joined by two extraordinary school leaders for the 10th Annual Impact virtual event on Wednesday. Accelerate Founder Pat Ryan, Jr. first sat down with Katie Kirley, executive director and principal of Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana. Since opening the school’s doors in 2016, Kirley has led Steel City to serving over 500 students …

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Join Accelerate Institute for the 2020 Virtual Impact Event

Join Accelerate Institute for the 2020 Virtual Impact Event

We can’t all be together in person this year for the 10th Annual Impact event—but that doesn’t mean we’ll be putting the event on hold. Accelerate Institute Founder Pat Ryan, Jr., and the Board of Directors invite you to join us for the first-ever virtual Impact event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. (Central …

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Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Goal Management at Schools

Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Goal Management at Schools

Each and every school is a complex ecosystem with its own unique strengths, as well as challenges to overcome. In our October 2019 “Hyper Focus” white paper, we discussed how transforming a school requires a strategic, systematic approach; meaningful change cannot occur as the result of a one-size-fits-all solution. The Accelerate Framework serves as a foundation for …

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Creating an 80/20 Strategic Plan in a Time of Uncertainty

Creating an 80/20 Strategic Plan in a Time of Uncertainty

The 2020-2021 school year is right around the corner. But as back-to-school draws near, there are still so many unknowns. With states across the country employing various strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and with varying levels of success—it remains unclear whether students will be returning to school buildings, or instead picking up where they …

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