Driven by the possibility of closing the achievement gap
Accelerate Institute was founded over 20 years ago by Pat Ryan, Jr., after he served as a teacher on the South Side of Chicago and gang narcotics officer. From early on, Mr. Ryan’s conviction has been that all children deserve access to an equal education. That became the genesis of Accelerate Institute. Since then, Accelerate Institute has pioneered a strategic approach to creating transformational school leaders. The proof lies in the results its own charter school (Alain Locke Charter School) posts again and again. The school serves as an incubator for up-and-coming leaders, showing them how the achievement gap can be remedied through a leadership approach that is deliberate, focused, and replicable.