Aspirational & Constructive Environment

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Educators Are Going to Win 2022-23. Here’s How.

As we head into the holiday season, I challenge school leaders to ask yourselves, “What is my most important focus right now?” Consider the singular most important objective you and your leadership team need to focus on in the next six months of the school year. The discipline of saying, “There is this one thing, […]

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Strengthening Representation in America’s Schools: How We’re Making it a Reality

By Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer When it comes to delivering equity in education, it’s imperative that the teacher and leadership representation of a school reflects the students that it serves. We simply must do more to increase interest and opportunities for young people of color to enter the teaching profession and then step

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Aspirational and Constructive Environment

Leveraging the Accelerate Framework During a Crisis: Aspirational and Constructive Environment

In the Accelerate Framework, the Aspirational Environment is the door to the school and creates the foundation that students need to be able to learn and grow. Our leaders entered this crisis through the door of Aspirational Environment. As it turns out, creating an Aspirational Environment becomes even more important in a virtual school because you

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Jackson Sprayberry

Social and Emotional Development in Your School Culture

Dr. Catherine Burns Chief Academic Officer Does Social and Emotional Development Have a Place in Your School Culture? Transformational school leaders know that you need to get culture right before you will see gap-closing academic gains. To this end, schools are increasingly adopting responsive approaches to discipline that are centered around social and emotional development.

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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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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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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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