ACCELERATE INSTITUTE

Chicago, IL   |  www.accelerateinstitute.org

Mission

Accelerate Institute is committed to closing the achievement gap by creating high impact school leaders that accelerate student achievement.

Ruling year info

1992

Chief Executive Officer

Nora Ligurotis

Main address

150 N Michigan Ave Ste 2100

Chicago, IL 60601 USA

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Formerly known as

The Alain Locke Initiative

Inner-City Teaching Corps

EIN

36-3764476

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the current public education system country-wide, African American, Latino, and poor students of all races are two years behind their wealthier, predominantly white peers in reading and math by the end of the fourth grade. By eighth grade, they have slipped three years behind, and by twelfth grade, four years behind. But contrary to this statistic, the achievement gap is not about students who are failing; it is about schools that have failed their students. The Center on Education Policy reported that in 2012 more than 48% (43,000) public schools were failing. Of schools defined as “uncompetitive," 74% were urban or located near urban areas. Further, urban schools report low applicant-to-hire ratios and a general lack of high-quality candidates. Without equal access to quality leadership, schools will continue to leave another generation of urban students behind.

Our programs

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

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.

Population(s) Served

The Accelerator Program was created purposefully to provide customized advisory support for urban principals and their leadership teams to Level Up underperforming, yellow light schools.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal #1: Accelerate Institute school partners (including Alain Locke Charter School) will have average yearly attendance rates of at least 95%.
Measured by: Attendance rates are reported by the principal in the spring and confirmed by official state report cards when they are released in the fall/winter.
FY17 Outcome: All Accelerate Institute partner schools had an average attendance rate of 95%, as compared to an average of 93% in Chicago Public Schools and 92% in the Memphis Achievement School District.

Goal #2: Students in Ryan Fellow-led K-8 schools will meet 100% of projected growth at a rate that exceeds the national average of 50%.
Measured by: NWEA-MAP Assessment Goals.
FY17 Outcome: 51% of students in Ryan Fellow-led schools met 100% of projected growth.
All Time Outcome: 56% of students in Ryan Fellow-led schools met 100% of projected growth.

Goal #3: Students in Ryan Fellow-led K-8 schools will exceed the national average of one year of growth.
Measured by: NWEA-MAP Assessment Goals.
FY17 Outcome: Ryan Fellow-led schools averaged 1.1 years of growth compared to the national standard of 1 year of growth on the NWEA-MAP assessment in 2016-17.
All Time Outcome: Ryan Fellow-led schools averaged 1.3 years of growth compared to the national standard of 1 year of growth on the NWEA-MAP assessment.

Goal #4: Students in Ryan Fellow-led high schools will exceed the College Readiness Standard of 1.0 points of growth annually.
Measured by: ACT Composite Growth Scores.
FY17 Outcome: Students in Ryan Fellow-led high schools averaged 1.6 points of growth annually.
All Time Outcome: Students in Ryan Fellow-led high schools averaged 2 points of growth annually.

Goal #5: Students in Accelerator Principal-led K-8 schools will exceed the national average of one year's growth.
Measured by: NWEA-MAP Assessment Goals and ITBS Grade Level Growth
FY17 Outcome: Accelerator Principal-led schools averaged 1.1 years' growth.
All Time Outcome: Accelerator Principal-led schools average 1.2 years growth.

Goal #6: Students in Accelerator Principal-led high schools will demonstrate accelerated growth on PSAT/SAT assessments.
Measured by: College readiness growth targets of 40 to 60 composite points annually for 8th through 12th grade.
75% of high school Accelerator principals reporting as of 8/11/2017
FY17 Outcome: Accelerator Principal-led schools averaged 44 composite points growth.
All Time Outcome: This is the first year Accelerate Principals tested SAT.



The Accelerate Institute is anchored by four innovative programs that converge together for the singular focus of accelerating student achievement:
• The Ryan Fellowship, which is the country's foremost principal fellowship that prepares aspiring school leaders through a rigorous three-year program;
• The Accelerator Program, which is designed to train school Principals and their Leadership Teams in High Output Management Strategies and Tactics to accelerate the academic performance of underperforming schools;
• Alain Locke Charter School, named as the #3 best performing Charter Elementary School in Chicago by Chicago Magazine, Alain Locke Charter School outscored Chicago Public Schools by 18% and the Illinois State Average by 10% on the 2015 PARCC test; and; and
• The Ryan Award, which is a national award recognizing principals who have demonstrated accelerated results in underserved schools.

Financials

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Operations

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

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ACCELERATE INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 12/12/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Patrick Ryan, Jr.

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No