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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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2018 Ryan Award Winners Announced

Accelerate Institute has recognized two transformational urban educators with the prestigious 2018 Ryan Award at surprise ceremonies before their students and staff. Accelerate recently presented the Ryan Award to Jody-Anne Jones, principal of North Star Academy Clinton Hill Middle School in Newark, New Jersey. Under Jones’s tenure last year, North Star students outperformed state testing expectations …

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Ryan Fellow Blog: Assessments Show the Tough Path Forward

Ryan Fellow Blog: Assessments Show the Tough Path Forward

Gretchen Larsen Class of 2018 Ryan Fellow   Back when I was a Dean of Students, I was asked quite frequently to clean up vomit. It happened so often, in fact, that I was formally recognized as a stellar barf-cleaner-upper (you can read about that here). This week when I received feedback from my advisor …

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