Transformational Leadership

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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Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: The Secret Ingredient to Moving the Academic Needle with School Turnaround

Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: The Secret Ingredient to Moving the Academic Needle with School Turnaround

Melissa Jones Clarke 2014 Ryan Award Winner   When given the task of turning around a school, the first thing that one can see, touch, feel – and definitely smell – is the school culture, whether it may be awesome or abysmal. Just sit with a group of classroom teachers and listen. As a new

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Leading in Tumultuous Times: 6 Steps for Uniting Opposition

Leading in Tumultuous Times: 6 Steps for Uniting Opposition

Accelerator principal Liz Jamison-Dunn engages parents and community at Catalyst-Circle Rock in Chicago It’s no secret  there are passionate debates today in the world of education—and educators often feel pressured to take a stand. At a macro level, we hear arguments both in support and in opposition to divisive topics such as charter schools, Common Core

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