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Interrupt, Reimagine, and Reconnect: A Look Back at the 2021-22 School Year

By Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer The 2022-23 school year is now underway, and a look back on the learnings from the return to full-time, in-person instruction last year can serve as a treasure trove of insights for school leaders. At Accelerate Institute, we knew the continuing impact of the global pandemic would bring …

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A Letter From the CEO: Celebrating 30 Years of Igniting Academic Achievement

I’ve never seen a more challenging job than being a school leader. Everything they have to deal with, on top of leading a school, can seem daunting. There are so many exceptional leaders out there who need our support now more than ever if we’re going to continue helping kids achieve their dreams. — Nora …

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Watch the ‘Equity in Schools’ workshop video replay today

Watch the ‘Equity in Schools’ Workshop Video Replay Today

Did you miss Accelerate Institute’s recent virtual workshop on delivering equity in education from Chief Academic Officer Dr. Catherine Burns and Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment Erin Slack? The video replay is available now. In Thursday’s “Leveraging the Accelerate Framework to Advance Equity in Schools” workshop, Dr. Burns, Erin Slack, and educators from around …

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Accelerate Institute Invites You to Review Our Equity Stance

At the end of 2020, we as a country were confronted by a number of different crises that upended life and work as we knew it. Amid a simultaneous international health crisis, economic downturn, and social events sparked by political unrest, the country also took on a long-overdue reckoning with racial injustice and moved inequity …

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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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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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