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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Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: The Secret Ingredient to Moving the Academic Needle with School Turnaround

Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: The Secret Ingredient to Moving the Academic Needle with School Turnaround

Melissa Jones Clarke 2014 Ryan Award Winner   When given the task of turning around a school, the first thing that one can see, touch, feel – and definitely smell – is the school culture, whether it may be awesome or abysmal. Just sit with a group of classroom teachers and listen. As a new …

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Team Culture Built to Last with Retreats

Team Culture Built to Last with Retreats

Owen Ricciardi Class of 2014 Ryan Fellow / Principal, Aspire – Coleman Elementary   We caught up with Owen Ricciardi, Ryan Fellow principal of Aspire Coleman Elementary School in Memphis, to talk about how retreats can build stronger teams, especially with first-year teams. Mr. Ricciardi’s retreats are about more than team building and having fun, …

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Leading in Tumultuous Times: 6 Steps for Uniting Opposition

Leading in Tumultuous Times: 6 Steps for Uniting Opposition

Accelerator principal Liz Jamison-Dunn engages parents and community at Catalyst-Circle Rock in Chicago It’s no secret  there are passionate debates today in the world of education—and educators often feel pressured to take a stand. At a macro level, we hear arguments both in support and in opposition to divisive topics such as charter schools, Common Core …

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