January/February 2022

January 13, 14, 20, 27, and February 3

Pacific: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Central: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Eastern: 11:00 am-6:00 pm


  • Individual: $1,750
  • Group of 10+ paying together: $1,400
  • Leadership team member at an Accelerate Institute leader’s school: $1,400

To receive the group rate or pay by invoice, please complete the Group Order/Invoice Form


The Leadership Academy focuses on deepening participants’ understanding of how school leaders create an equitable education for children based on three core principles of what schools need:

  1. Systems, structures, and adult mindsets that align with the expectation that all students will achieve.
  2. A positive, relationships-based culture that fosters student belonging and is conducive to high levels of achievement.
  3. Instruction that centers on what (and which) students learned, with support to make high achievement possible.

The 5-day Leadership Academy Institute is grounded in a virtual cohort experience and is a mix of live virtual classes with the cohort, pre-recorded lessons, case studies, and independent exercises. Sessions are focused on change management, strategic planning, leading effective adult teams, managing a data-driven culture, and strengthening school culture. Leaders will grapple with content in small groups as well as assess and reflect on the current state of their school and their own personal leadership skills.


Participants will:

  • Create and execute a strategic plan with a focus on academic acceleration and strengthening school culture through an equity lens
  • Create a metrics and goal tracker used to progress monitor and course correct
  • Identify individual leadership development areas and create a plan to address growth areas


School leaders and school-based leadership team members of all levels (e.g. principal, assistant principal, dean, director of instruction, instructional coach, etc.)


Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer

A Midwesterner at heart, Catherine grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs and stayed in the region to earn her undergrad and graduate degrees. She started her 20-year career as a high school history teacher and coach, but over the years grew to know and love the middle school and elementary school teachers and students, even her kindergarteners’ milk mustaches at breakfast. Catherine founded a successful charter school in Pilsen, a near southside neighborhood, forging its foundation in the culture of the community where she fostered a school climate where students and teachers loved to be and could learn and grow. Under her leadership, she accelerated student achievement +43% in 4 years in reading and math as measured by NWEA. In the 4th year of operation, the 4th and 5th grade students were 90/90/90 classrooms, demonstrating that after 3 years of instruction at BDLC the achievement gap would be closed.

Catherine leads our Curriculum and Assessment Team and helps set the vision for our organization as CAO. Catherine is a thought leader on leadership development, executive coaching, and team management. In addition to her tireless work on behalf of students, Catherine is dedicated to her family and friends. Catherine, her husband, Ken, and son Logan love travel, baseball, superheroes and if you have questions about dinosaurs or sinkholes, she might have the answer.

Keelin Philippe, Senior Director of Professional Learning

After graduating from Villanova University, Keelin joined Inner-City Teaching Corps in Chicago, spending the next two years as a volunteer teacher on Chicago’s south side. Keelin remained in the classroom for seven years, working at Catholic schools and Chicago Public Schools. And in 2006, she won the Presidential Award for Math and Science for the state of Illinois, where she was invited to meet with the President of the United States. Although her passion was teaching early elementary students, she spent time working with middle school writers. It was her love of reading and teaching young readers that led her to pursue a second Master’s degree in Literacy, Language and Culture with a Reading Specialist certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago (she also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Northwestern University). Keelin has been with Accelerate Institute since 2007, starting as the Director of Teacher Coaching.


  • Refunds requested within 48 hours of registering will be honored minus a $50 cancellation fee.
  • Up to 1 week beforehand, a one-time registration transfer can be made to an alternate participant or another learning experience.
  • Within one week of the learning experience registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • A missed learning experience is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • In the rare event that Accelerate Institute does not receive enough interest in this offering to host it as scheduled, we will provide an alternate learning pathway for all registrants or honor refunds for those who cannot join the alternate experience.

Leadership Academy Institute

$1,750.00 (per person)

January 13, 14, 20, 27, and February 3

Availability: 10

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