Welcoming Our Newest Allies in Delivering Educational Equity to Accelerate Institute Programming

Welcoming Our Newest Allies in Delivering Educational Equity to Accelerate Institute Programming

Over summer break, school leaders often feel as if there just isn’t enough time. As soon as the school year ends, it’s already time to start planning for the upcoming year—and there’s always so much to cover. With the unprecedented safety, equity, and growth recovery efforts to strategize around for the 2021-2022 school year, leaders …

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Accelerate Institute Launches Accelerate Ignite Program to Support Return to School Buildings

Accelerate Institute Launches Accelerate Ignite Program to Support Return to School Buildings

With the 2020-2021 school year winding down, school leaders are finally transitioning students and staff back into full-time, in-person learning. When schools first closed last year, few predicted students would spend such a long period of time away from traditional learning models. With not one, but two separate school years being affected, the disruption has …

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An Equitable and Strategic Response for Reentry and Recovery

An Equitable and Strategic Response for Reentry and Recovery

“When schools closed a year ago, none of us thought it would be yet another year [away from traditional learning]. We thought and hoped it would be weeks, then we thought it would be months, then we thought surely by the start of this school year we’d be back,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “But fate had …

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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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