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The School Accelerator

The School Accelerator

The School Accelerator: a leadership program that understands your school’s unique situation to get the results you need 

Inspired by the approach that is the hallmark of the most successful start-ups and turnarounds, the School Accelerator is a dynamic program that provides urban K-12 school principals—and their leadership teams—with the customized support necessary to execute schoolwide change management and significantly improve academics and culture.

This is more than just coaching: the School Accelerator is a comprehensive training and partnership program that ensures you get the results that are unique to your school.

Traditionally school leaders are trained to focus on inputs (teacher actions) before outcomes (student growth and results). Accelerate Institute flips this thinking and trains principals to first look at student outcomes as the primary means to drive instructional effectiveness for classrooms, grade levels, and schools.

  • Summer Institute to provide an academic foundation

  • Strategic planning exercises to set up success

  • Creation of outcome management systems at the school

  • Leaders and their teams have weekly and monthly engagement with Accelerate Institute Advisors

School Accelerator Leaders are uniquely trained in the following ways: 

  • Strategic Planning: start with a strategic plan based on opportunities and challenges of the school and proven practices

  • Visibility and Accountability: centers on proactive measurement and iteration, constantly asking the question, “Is it working?”

  • Shortened Data Cycles: weekly feedback on whether students are learning which allows principals to enable remediation and continuous teaching improvement

  • Course Correction: monthly one-on-one Advisory sessions help principals determine what is/is not working and develop proactive course correction for students and teachers while there is still time to make adjustments before high-stakes assessments

  • Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement: develop a schoolwide culture for students, teachers, and staff steeped in the value of continuous learning and growth

School Accelerator FAQs

How does the School Accelerator work?

  • Experts conduct 3 school assessments a year over a 3-year period to establish and measure school goals and priorities

Academic Foundation 
  • Enrollment in Accelerate Summer Institute

  • Strategic planning skill development

  • Weekly cohort meetings

  • Develop and refine management capabilities to drive organizational change

3-Year Support Model
  • Strategic development of data systems that analyze cultural and academic indicators of school success

  • Customized support in developing school action plans grounded in the data

  • One-on-one Advisory support to build transformational leadership skills

  • Access to a national network of Accelerate Institute leaders

  • Accelerate Institute identifies champion investors to fund the full cost of the program ($250,000 per school)

The best. Bar none…This training was tailored specifically to me and my school’s needs. It set the entire year up for success!

- Kaylee Jackson, Madison Metropolitan School District

Who benefits from the School Accelerator?

  • School Principals: Develops a school leader’s knowledge and skills in accelerating academic growth

  • Principal Managers/Supervisors: Levels up the ability to manage and support school leaders by creating alignment with the team and their plans

  • Leadership Team: Elevates their ability to accelerate academic growth

How can my school apply for the School Accelerator?

The principal of the school should complete the school’s application. The selection process for the School Accelerator includes the following steps:

  • Application

  • Principal Phone Screen

  • Staff Survey (75% of all instructional staff must complete)

  • School Assessment (includes interviews with the principal, principal manager, leadership team, and a panel of teachers)

  • Dashboard Review (Accelerate Institute staff will review the results of the School Assessment with the school principal and the principal’s manager/supervisor)

  • Sign MOU to confirm participation

Please contact Jamar Beyonu at for more information.

What are the selection criteria for the School Accelerator?

As schools move through the selection process our team will be looking for the following criteria:

  • School is a public school (district or charter) located in an Accelerator region (2021 Accelerator: Chicago)

  • Principal Manager/Supervisor is invested in school participation in the School Accelerator

  • Principal exhibits growth mindset, recognizing the opportunity for growth and change at their schools and with their own leadership

  • Healthy adult culture; teaching staff and leadership team are supportive of principal’s vision for the school even if that vision includes change

  • Principal is a strategic thinker who is committed to improving their school so students are successful academically and feel safe, respected, and motivated

  • Principal commits to attend Accelerate Summer Institute (July 12-23); Leadership Team Members commit to attend Accelerate Summer Institute (July 22-23)

Please contact Jamar Beyonu at for more information.

School Accelerator Principals across the United States 

Accelerate Institute has supported more than 30 principals through targeted region-based programming with the School Accelerator. The School Accelerator supports these principals for three years to ensure their success as transformational school leaders.




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Chicago School Accelerator Fund Investors

John and Rita Canning Family Foundation

Beth and Larry Gies

Illinois Tool Works Foundation

Annie and Gregory K. Jones Family

Mike and Lindy Keiser

Carol and Larry Levy

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation

Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel/Satter Foundation

Bruce and Beth White