Accelerate Institute
Accelerate Institute is closing the achievement gap by creating high-impact school leaders who accelerate student achievement.


The Acceleration Grant is being launched in Chicago and Northwest Indiana starting Summer 2017. The $250,000 Acceleration Grant includes:
  • 3 years of customized coaching and mentoring, including individualized strategic planning support for your school's leadership team
  • Instruction and cohort gatherings with Hall of Fame principals
  • Opportunity to study with leadership experts at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • $25,000 grant for academic accelerator systems
Acceleration Grant schools will meet the following criteria:
  • Charter schools in Chicago and Northwest Indiana with clearly identified successes and areas for growth
  • Student data that is either stable or has seen some improvement over the past 3 years
  • School leadership team that acknowledge the need for change/growth in their school and make a commitment to the program for the next 3 years
  • Principal managers (CEO, board chair, etc.) who will support the principal and school-based leadership team through the program
The selection process includes:
  1. Questionnaire (February 8-March 15)
    • Complete the brief questionnaire on the right of this page with the school principal's contact information
    • Attach resumes for all participants, including: principal, principal manager (board chair/CAO/ED), and school-based leadership team members (*If you have more than 4 additional leadership team members, please email resumes to Erin Brooks at
  2. Application (February 8-March 15)
    • Upon completing the questionnaire, you will automatically be directed to the application
    • Written application with information about school successes, challenges, and interest in the Acceleration Grant
    • Please make sure to have school data from the past 3 years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16) available
    • This should take no more than 45 minutes to complete
  3. Phone Interview (March 20-March 31)
  4. School visit and assessment (April 3-April 28)
    • Accelerate Institute's team will schedule a school visit and assessment with your team. Further details will be provided to finalists as we schedule the visits.
  5. Grantees will be announced in May
To learn more about the Acceleration Grant, please schedule a time to speak with Erin Brooks, Senior Director of Talent and Partnership, by clicking here or via email at


Please complete the questionnaire below with the school principal's contact information. Please make sure you have resumes for all participants (principal, school-based leadership team members, and principal manager).


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