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Watch: The 2020 Impact Virtual Event Video

Watch: The 2020 Impact Virtual Event Video

Accelerate Institute was joined by two extraordinary school leaders for the 10th Annual Impact virtual event on Wednesday. Accelerate Founder Pat Ryan, Jr. first sat down with Katie Kirley, executive director and principal of Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana. Since opening the school’s doors in 2016, Kirley has led Steel City to serving over 500 students …

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Join Accelerate Institute for the 2020 Virtual Impact Event

Join Accelerate Institute for the 2020 Virtual Impact Event

We can’t all be together in person this year for the 10th Annual Impact event—but that doesn’t mean we’ll be putting the event on hold. Accelerate Institute Founder Pat Ryan, Jr., and the Board of Directors invite you to join us for the first-ever virtual Impact event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. (Central …

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Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Goal Management at Schools

Accelerate Institute Releases New Report on Goal Management at Schools

Each and every school is a complex ecosystem with its own unique strengths, as well as challenges to overcome. In our October 2019 “Hyper Focus” white paper, we discussed how transforming a school requires a strategic, systematic approach; meaningful change cannot occur as the result of a one-size-fits-all solution. The Accelerate Framework serves as a foundation for …

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A message from Accelerate Institute CEO Nora Ligurotis on the recent events in our country.

June 5, 2020 Dear Accelerate Institute Community, In the last few days, racism and the result of many years of inequity in our country have been brought, once again, to the forefront. At this moment we want to say that we hold true to our value of Equity and Inclusion: “We value all dimensions of …

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Accelerate Institute Releases ‘Hyper Focus’ Report on Transformational School Leadership

Accelerate Institute has released a new report that examines the multi-faceted approach educators need to close the achievement gap in America’s urban schools. The 13-page report, entitled “Hyper Focus: How to Transform Schools,” offers a high-level overview of some of the principles Accelerate Institute teaches, including: the systematic change needed for a successful school turnaround; …

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Nominate a Transformational Principal for the 2020 Ryan Award

Nominate a Transformational Principal for the 2020 Ryan Award

Do you know a transformational K-12 principal who’s closing the achievement gap at their school? If so, why not help them get the recognition they deserve by nominating them today for the 2020 Ryan Award? Each year, Accelerate Institute presents the prestigious Ryan Award to two principals in a surprise ceremony at their school. Winners also receive a …

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Accelerate Institute to Host Annual Impact Dinner

Accelerate Institute to Host Annual Impact Dinner

Accelerate Institute will host its ninth annual Impact Dinner in downtown Chicago on Sept. 26th. The event will be held at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, located at 300 N. LaSalle St. in River North. The evening is an opportunity for Accelerate Institute and supporters to celebrate the achievements of the 2019 Ryan Award winners. This year’s winners are Joán …

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2019 Ryan Award Winners Announced

Accelerate Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Ryan Award—the national award that honors transformational principals closing the achievement gap in urban education. Accelerate organized a special surprise ceremony last month to honor Lindsey Robinson with the award for her outstanding achievements as elementary principal at Chicago International Charter School Avalon in Chicago’s Avalon …

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Ryan Fellow-Led Valor Collegiate Academies Honored at Diverse Charters Convening

Ryan Fellow-Led Valor Collegiate Academies Honored at Diverse Charters Convening

Staff from Valor Collegiate Academies and Larchmont Charter School accept the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition’s “School of the Year” award. *** Ryan Fellow-led Valor Collegiate Academies was among two schools honored with the School of the Year award at the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition’s (DCSC) recent Fifth Annual Convening. According to a DCSC press release, Nashville-based …

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Support Accelerate Institute for #GivingTuesday this Holiday Season

November is here! Of course, that means Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all right around the corner. There’s one more holiday this month, though, that you might not already be familiar with—#GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and is designed to promote the power of giving …

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