Leadership Academy Plus includes the Leadership Academy Institute that starts in September and consists of 6 days of sessions:
- Thursday, September 22nd
- Friday, September 23rd
- Thursday, September 29th
- Thursday, October 6th
- Thursday, October 13th
- Thursday, October 20th
Forums will take place monthly (1 day/month) from November-April
Exact times TBD; please mark the entire day off on your calendar.
- Individual: $5,650
- Group of 10+ paying together: $4,520 (per person)
- Leadership team member at an Accelerate Institute leader’s school: $4,520 (per person)
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:
- Systems, structures, and adult mindsets that align with the expectation that all students will achieve.
- A positive, relationships-based culture that fosters student belonging and is conducive to high levels of achievement.
- Instruction that centers on what (and which) students learned, with support to make high achievement possible.
Leadership Academy Plus starts with the 6-day Leadership Academy Institute with sessions focused on change management/strategic planning, leading effective adult teams, managing a data-driven culture, and strengthening school culture. Participants will create Strategic Plans based on their role within the school and their individual strengths and areas of growth.
During the school year, participants will join 6 Forums for ongoing professional learning, cohort problem solving, and continued progress monitoring of their Strategic Plan (6 per school year). Forums will take place monthly from November – April (exact dates TBD). Forums will include 3.5 hours of content followed by 3 hours of group office hours or individual 1:1 problem solving with an advisor.
Accelerate Institute will facilitate three assessment and one-to-one Advisory cycles throughout the program. The first assessment and Advisory session will be used to create the participant’s Strategic Plan; the second is designed as a mid-year checkpoint (progress monitoring and course correction); and the third is an end of year assessment/Advisory to think ahead for the coming year.
Includes access to weekly 5-minute PD videos.
- Gain a deep understanding of the research behind leadership in high-performing schools
- Get practical, day-to-day strategies to improve leadership practice in your school by looking at the school system as a whole
- Strengthen skills with learning that is grounded in cohort experience and sessions taught by high-performing K-12 school principals and Accelerate Institute staff
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
School leaders and school-based leadership team members of all levels (e.g., principal, principal-in-residence, assistant principal, dean, director of instruction, instructional coach, etc.). Leadership Academy Plus is a great option for schools/districts looking to develop/enhance an aspiring principal program.
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.
In her role as Senior Director of Professional Development, Keelin develops and facilitates the Accelerate Institute Curriculum for all programs: School Accelerator, Principal Fellowship, Leadership Academy, and Accelerate Online. During her tenure at Accelerate Institute, Keelin has played a key role in program innovation by leading the creation of the Leadership Academy, a program for school leaders at all levels, as well as creating and leading the beta testing for Accelerate Online, a fully asynchronous online learning platform for current and aspiring school leaders. Prior to taking on her current role, Keelin was a Director of Curriculum and Assessment, where she was responsible for the planning and execution of the one-year Field Study experience for participants in the Principal Fellowship program and was an Advisor to Principal Fellows, supporting them through their Field Study and their first two years of principalship.
Keelin has been trained in multiple coaching models including New Teacher Center’s Teacher Induction and CT3’s Real-Time Teacher Coaching. A life-long learner herself, Keelin holds a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University, a Master of Education in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Certificate in E-Learning and Instructional Design from the University of Washington. Keelin loves thinking and learning about how adults and kids learn. Before joining Accelerate Institute in 2007, Keelin got her start teaching through Accelerate Institute’s founding program, ICTC, and during that time worked in both the Chicago Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Chicago schools. In 2006, she was honored with the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching for the state of Illinois. Keelin currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island with her husband and two children. They love being out in nature whenever they can.
- 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.
Feel free to contact Erin Brooks, Vice President of Partnerships, via email.
Leadership Academy Plus
$5,650.00 (per person)