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    Developing school leadership teams
    to close the achievement gap

The Leadership Academy is a virtual classroom experience that includes
a combination of live sessions,
pre-recorded sessions, and independent learning time.

The schedule for the 2021 Leadership Academy is:

August 2-5: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm CT

August 6: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm CT

Please be sure to mark your calendar for these specific dates and times. 

Enrollment closes on July 19.

If you have any questions, or would like to enroll in a yearlong cohort experience,
please contact Erin Brooks, VP of Partnerships, here.

Give your leadership team the strategies they need to support your vision and mission…

No single school leader can close the achievement gap alone—high-performing schools are the result of an entire team of leaders working in tandem toward a common goal.

That's exactly why the Leadership Academy exists. During the five-day Leadership Academy program, principals, assistant principals, deans, instructional coaches and other school leadership team members attend sessions led by high-performing K-12 school principals and Accelerate Institute staff to learn the strategies they need right now to boost their school’s performance.

You also have the option to join a one-year cohort experience. The cohort will meet monthly throughout the school year with a combination of forums and small group advisory to deepen their leadership and management skills. Contact Erin Brooks for more details about that here.

The Leadership Academy has honestly been the best professional development I have been to in my career. It was so relevant to my work, and I took away so many tangible things that I can implement at my school.


    -Masrura F., Chicago, Illinois

Why choose the Leadership Academy?

Many school leadership team members take the leap into their role directly from the classroom—they never receive formal training on how to  effectively manage adults and schoolwide systems. 

The Leadership Academy was created to close the achievement gap in urban education by delivering immediate value for principals, leadership team members and partner organizations:

Leadership Academy…

  • encourages deep understanding of how to use the Accelerate Framework to assess your school and develop a highly focused strategic plan

  • delivers practical, day-to-day strategies for improving leadership skills by examining your school-system as a whole

  • is grounded in a cohort experience

Focus-areas during the program:

  • managing a data-driven culture

  • internalizing patterns of success in high-performing schools

  • leading effective teams and managing adults

During Leadership Academy, participants will use the Accelerate Framework to assess their school’s strengths and growth opportunities. Each participant then identifies specific action steps to execute with their team in the coming year.

2021 Leadership Academy

August 2-6, 2021

Deadline to enroll is July 19

If you're interested in the 1-year cohort, click here.