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Growth Accelerator Principal JuDonne Hemingway on the Importance of Empowering Black School Leaders

In the mission of working to provide an equitable education for all students, the importance of giving students of color access to educators who look like them simply cannot be overstated. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, though, just 46% of public school students identify as white — while more than three-fourths of […]

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Watch as the Accelerate Institute Team Shares Our Resolutions for 2023

The new year is officially underway — and what a year 2023 is shaping up to be! Here at Accelerate Institute, we’ve been busy this month putting in the work to establish a strong foundation for achieving our goals throughout the rest of this year. Before we got started, though, the Accelerate team took some

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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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What Role Does Love Play in the Liberation of Students?

By Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer At Accelerate Institute, we are driven by the guiding belief that the principal is the catalyst for transformation. The role has never been more difficult than it is right now, so—as we progress into this school year—it is imperative for leaders to spend some time reflecting and establishing

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Getting to Know Alexis Hardy, Accelerate Institute’s New Director of Partnerships

As Accelerate Institute celebrates our 30th anniversary of igniting academic achievement this year, we are also very excited to have recently welcomed Alexis Hardy as our new Director of Partnerships. A product of the Chicago Public Schools system, Alexis grew up in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. She holds a

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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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