Transformational Leadership

Accelerate Institute releases new report on principal sustainability

The job of a principal was very demanding before COVID and those demands have only increased because of the pandemic. To support leaders effectively, districts and networks need to restructure from the current model to be reflective of current conditions. We can’t continue to pile more and more responsibilities on leaders and still expect them …

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National Principals Month: Some thoughts and appreciation for those doing transformational work every single day

National Principals Month

Some thoughts and appreciation for those doing transformational work every single day October is National Principals Month, so we wanted to share some of our appreciation for all they do, as well as showcase some of the transformational principals out there who continue to elevate their profession. October might be their month, but being a …

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How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 2)

How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 2)

With a new school year underway, our intent remains: reimagining how to approach schooling so that all students thrive. We also continue to reflect on the pandemic’s impact on health and learning. New research proves what we knew to be true: the pandemic widened the opportunity and achievement gaps that existed pre-pandemic. “In math, students …

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How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 1)

How Leaders Created What’s Next: A Look Back at the 2020-21 School Year (Part 1)

This summer, we’re all taking a moment to pause, look back, and reflect upon the past school year. The 2020-21 school year was truly a testament to the resilience of school leaders, teachers, staff, and students—all who persevered through uncertainty and tremendous ups and downs in a year unlike any other before. People and process …

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Allison Hansen (Acero-Marquez, Chicago) and Luke Corry (Acero-Brighton Park, Chicago) teaming up to hand out remote learning packets to students.

Leveraging the Accelerate Framework during a crisis: Black-Belt Teaching

After the initial crisis hit, Accelerate Institute leaders sprang into action to meet the basic needs of students and teachers. Then, spring break gave many leaders a chance to regroup and strategize a more sustainable plan to take them to the end of the year. To do this, our leaders leveraged the drivers of Change Management. …

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Leveraging the Accelerate Framework during a crisis: Change Management

Leveraging the Accelerate Framework during a crisis: Change Management

After the initial crisis hit, Accelerate Institute leaders sprang into action to meet the basic needs of students and teachers. Then, spring break gave many leaders a chance to regroup and strategize a more sustainable plan to take them to the end of the year. To do this, our leaders leveraged the drivers of Change Management. …

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Crisis Hits, Leaders Rise

Crisis Hits, Leaders Rise

Accelerate Institute leaders across the country leveraged their training to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and meet the quickly changing needs of their school communities. Following the stories of 31 leaders across 4 states, we have witnessed how they are fearlessly leading their teams, networks, students, and families through the toughest challenges of this …

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Leveraging the Accelerate Framework during a crisis: High-Performing Team

Leveraging the Accelerate Framework during a crisis: High-Performing Team

A school’s Aspirational Environment cannot exist without the staff, or High-Performing Team. As a leader in this time of crisis, how do you get teachers invested in doing all the necessary work to create a new school environment? How do you invest them in rolling up their sleeves, even if the union contract says it’s not …

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2016 Ryan Award Winner Hannah Lofthus

2016 Ryan Award Winner Hannah Lofthus

Principal Hannah Lofthus accepts her 2016 Ryan Award for excellence from Pat Ryan (Founder) and Nora Ligurotis (CEO) of Accelerate Institute. SNAPSHOT Hannah Lofthus, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School (EMKS), Kansas City, MO 839 students, grades 5-10 78% African-American 12% Latino 100% low-income Most Missouri schools give the state …

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