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Accelerate Institute Alumni Pay It Forward!

Professional learning for this generation of school leaders.  In the years since the pandemic, academic outcomes — particularly those in schools predominantly serving low-income students and students of color — have significantly decreased. School leaders will play a critical role in turning the impact of the pandemic around to shift the trajectory for our most […]

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Emotional Intelligence, Community, and Motivation: Ryan Award Winner Joán Álvarez on Post-Pandemic Student Success

Joán Álvarez is a firm believer in the grit and perseverance of first-generation college students. So much so, in fact, that the subject is the very focus of his dissertation. Along with being in his final year of studies, Álvarez, who is pursuing a doctorate in education, also serves as the national vice president of

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Empowering School Leaders: The Role of Leadership Academy in Accelerating Student Achievement

The Leadership Academy is designed for school leaders at all levels: principal, assistant principal, dean, instructional coach—essentially any educator who wants to grow their leadership capabilities to maximize their impact in accelerating student achievement. The program is grounded in a virtual cohort experience. Professional learning is focused on change management, strategic planning, leading effective adult

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Reflections and Inspiration from Growth Accelerator Leaders

More than 500 school leaders’ ability to lead. Over 133,000 students’ life trajectories. Those are the numbers when it comes to the remarkable impact Accelerate Institute has made since our team first set out on our mission of delivering equity in education more than 30 years ago. Looking back on the 2022-23 school year, we

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After SCOTUS Rocks Diversity Efforts, the Fight for Equity in Higher Education is Only Beginning

It’s official.  With its ruling last week that effectively ended the role of affirmative action in college admissions, the U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a devastating blow to diversity efforts in America’s highly selective universities. So, what’s our next move as K-12 school leaders following this seismic shift in higher education? It is abundantly clear

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How Celebrating Pride is Helping Chicago-Area Students Embrace Their True Selves

Most of us feel pressure to conform to the people around us throughout our lives. For some of us, this feeling can be compounded by a lack of acceptance from others. For Timothy R. Faust, a participant in Accelerate Institute’s Leadership Bridge program, the pressure to conform was foundational. “As a Black gay man in

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Underfunding and Isolation: How One Chicago Principal is Overcoming Real Challenges in Education to Get His Students to Succeed

As Founding Principal of KIPP Academy Chicago Primary (KACP), Jarell Lee was on track to help his students exceed their educational goals. “Our student culture was really strong, our family engagement was strong,” Lee shares of founding KACP in 2019. “Our teacher satisfaction was high. But the thing that we really hung our hat on was

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Perspectives on Schools Today from Growth Accelerator Leaders

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools across the country collectively shifted to a remote learning model. Families found themselves wondering, Can my child receive an adequate education if they’re not in the classroom? Without question, the pandemic and the virtual landscape it called for spelled new territory for educators nationwide. However, for just as many

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Melissa Jones Clarke is Checking Her Cape at the Door—and Thanking the Women Who Helped Her Along the Way

The most valuable lesson Melissa Jones Clarke ever received was from a friend she’d invited to work as a substitute at one of her schools. At the time, Clarke felt that something was off — not only at the school, but in her career — and she needed an outside perspective. So, she turned to

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