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    Developing school leadership teams
    to close the achievement gap

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 four-day Leadership Academy bootcamp, 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.

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 Faruque, 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 lead. And while professional development opportunities abound for principals and teachers, far too few opportunities exist for the growth of school leadership team members.

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:

The Leadership Academy bootcamp…

  • 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 bootcamp:

  • managing a data-driven culture

  • internalizing patterns of success in high-performing schools

  • leading effective teams and managing adults

During the bootcamp, leadership team members 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.

Choose from two sessions

The four-day Leadership Academy bootcamp takes place in Chicago and has either summer or winter sessions available.

Leadership Academy Winter Session

December 9-12, 2019

Leadership Academy Summer Session

July 20-23, 2020