Educational Institutions

Accelerate Institute

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.accelerateinstitute.org

Mission Statement

Accelerate Institute strives to close the achievement gap by creating high impact school leaders that accelerate student achievement.

Main Programs

  1. The Ryan Award
  2. Alain Locke Charter School
  3. The Accelerator Principal Program
  4. The Ryan Fellowship

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Rob Birdsell

Keywords

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Education

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EIN

36-3764476

Physical Address

328 S. Jefferson Suite 570

Chicago, IL 60661

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Single Organization Support) (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Ryan Award

The Ryan Award is the first national award honoring transformational school leaders.

Category

Awards, Prizes & Competitions

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Alain Locke Charter School

The mission of ALCS is to serve as a demonstration for urban schools exemplifying excellence in academics, the arts, personal, and social development, and producing students who are globally competitive. Located in the historically underserved neighborhood of East Garfield Park, Alain Locke serves a population of 569 students Pre-k – 8, 98% African-American and 93% low-income.

ALCS is one of country’s most successful charter schools. Since 2006, ALCS has been named a Spotlight School by the Illinois State Board of Education, a distinction which is given to schools serving a population of at least 50% low-income students with 85% passing state reading and mathematics tests. In 2009, the school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 1 of 7 schools in the United States “Best Closing the Achievement Gap”. This recognition was earned by having the ALCS students achieve the greatest test score gains in Chicago in the history of Illinois’s ISAT exam. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the ISAT, along with standardized tests throughout the country, incorporated common core questions into their testing. While scores dropped nationally, ALCS continued to see growth, even with the more challenging test.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$6,003,960

Program 3

The Accelerator Principal Program

The Accelerator Principal Program was created purposefully for current principals to continue their full-time work in urban schools while getting customized advisory support to accelerate student success. The Accelerator Principal Program was launched as a pilot program in Accelerate Institute’s 2015 fiscal year, and in 2016 has 6 Principals leading high-need, low-income urban schools in Chicago.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$200,836

Program 4

The Ryan Fellowship

In order to operate a high-performing school, today’s principals need a specific set of skills such as managing with data; hiring, recruiting, evaluating and terminating employees; overseeing an effective instructional program; and understanding educational and organizational management. This particularly holds true for principals in schools that have complete autonomy (charter schools) or flexibilities from typical constraints (i.e. portfolio district school) – that has dogged the ability of leaders to start high-performing schools or to transform failing ones.

The Accelerate Institute’s Ryan Fellowship delivers transformative leaders through a rigorous three year program of intentional training, development and support.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$2,036,510

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Financials

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ACCELERATE INSTITUTE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Accelerate Institute

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rob Birdsell

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patrick Ryan, Jr.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

N/A

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

N/A

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

N/A

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity