From Baltimore to Los Angeles and Seattle back to Miami, Accelerate Institute has helped develop countless transformational leaders at schools across the country over the course of our 30-year history. Explore leaders’ stories to learn more about their dedication to delivering an equitable education for all students.

Alain Locke Charter School, Chicago

Lennie Jones

Accelerate Institute Founder Pat Ryan, Jr. says Alain Locke Charter School Founding Principal Lennie Jones “really understood intuitively what it took to create a school that would allow these children to achieve their fullest potential and how to make that work in the context of the community that we were serving.” Take a look inside Alain Locke and discover what makes Lennie so special—and so effective at closing the achievement gap.

Catalyst-Maria High School, Chicago

Dawn Sandoval

Dawn Sandoval is a 2012 Ryan Fellow who is tireless in her pursuit of academic excellence. Colleagues have a hard time keeping up with Dawn as she continues to help students at Chicago’s Catalyst-Maria High School become the very best they can be. Find out what she learned during her first year at Catalyst-Maria, and how she leveraged that knowledge to accelerate student achievement.

Gary Comer College Prep

When student performance data showed a standstill on progress at Gary Comer College Prep in Chicago, Founding Principal James Troupis knew that improving teacher development was the only way to accelerate student achievement. Find out how Troupis made data-driven decisions for his teacher development strategy—and hiring new teachers aligned with Comer’s mission.

Achievement Prep

At Achievement Prep in Washington, DC, Founder Shantelle Wright knows all too well the harsh realities many students face growing up in the city’s underserved and often overlooked communities. Read on for more on Shantelle’s mission to prepare students who are behind grade-level for college, wherein she prioritizes teaching reading, writing, math, and much, much more.

Sci Academy

From harnessing data to drive decision-making and hiring educators who are bought-in to school culture to cultivating an aspirational environment that compels students to succeed—Founder Ben Marcovitz applies a hands-on leadership approach at Sci Academy in New Orleans.

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