How to Foster an Aspirational Environment at Your School

How to Foster an Aspirational Environment at Your School

T.S. Hoard Ryan Fellow / Principal, Excellence Boys Middle Academy   T.S. Hoard (Ryan Fellow Class of 2015) is in his second year as Principal at Excellence Boys Middle Academy in Brooklyn, New York. His students have exceeded the local district benchmark in ELA/Math Proficiency by 230% through diligence and a focused approach. But perhaps …

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Establish Your "Rally Cry"

Establish Your “Rally Cry”

Janis Meinke Ryan Fellow / Principal, Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, South Campus   Our team at Accelerate Institute talked with Janis recently to learn more about her new role and how she is leveraging the new Accelerate Framework to push Carmen’s success even further. Although this is Janis’ first year as Principal at Carmen South, …

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If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It; Change It

If It’s Broken, Don’t Fix It; Change It

Kevin Kimberly Accelerator Principal / Principal, Memphis Catholic Middle and High School   There’s the classic saying, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”  Well, it would be great if everything wasn’t broken, but many times that’s just not the reality.  But I also don’t buy the opposite here – that if it’s broken, fix …

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At USC East College Prep, Personalized Learning is Serious Business

At USC East College Prep, Personalized Learning is Serious Business

Drew Goltermann Class of 2014 Ryan Fellow / Founding Principal, USC East College Prep High School   “Once we sell 20 packs of wax we can get the stickers to increase our brand- “ “Yea, and we’ve already sold like 5 at the skatepark this week- “ “Which will then help us get into skate …

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2016 Ryan Award Winner Hannah Lofthus

2016 Ryan Award Winner Hannah Lofthus

Principal Hannah Lofthus accepts her 2016 Ryan Award for excellence from Pat Ryan (Founder) and Nora Ligurotis (CEO) of Accelerate Institute. SNAPSHOT Hannah Lofthus, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School (EMKS), Kansas City, MO 839 students, grades 5-10 78% African-American 12% Latino 100% low-income Most Missouri schools give the state …

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High Expectations and High Support: Changing our Students’ Realities

High Expectations and High Support: Changing our Students’ Realities

Cecilia Paz Aguilar Class of 2016 Ryan Fellow / Principal in Residence, IDEA Public Schools   Schools are a microcosm of society; reflections of the communities they serve. Schools do more than house classrooms, they hold space for past and future dreams of students and families. Learning more about the rich history and undeniable assets …

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Principals Who Retain Great Teachers Share these 9 Characteristics

Principals Who Retain Great Teachers Share these 9 Characteristics

Erin Brooks Vice President, Partnerships   During my senior year of college as I was debating my next steps, I chose to begin a career in education. I taught for two years at a neighborhood elementary school in the South Bronx, and as everyone says, my first year of teaching was one of the most …

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How to Adjust to the Teacher Talent Pool

How to Adjust to the Teacher Talent Pool

James Troupis Chief Talent Officer, The Noble Network of Charter Schools   The increasing decline of people entering the teaching profession and the acutely felt pain of teacher shortages has been well-documented of late. Most school leaders I speak with would say that we’ve already arrived at the place where they can’t find a talented teacher to …

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