Transform Your School's Future

The Education Accelerator (EA) is designed to support schools in developing innovative cultures capable of elevating their future, empowering their teachers and maximizing student engagement. It is a leadership program that not only supports principals, but also the next generation of leaders in every building. And, it utilizes a cross-pollination strategy that looks beyond education for the support of business and industry leaders as panel members, mentors and scholarship providers for schools involved.

About

What is the Education Accelerator?

A five to nine month fully customizable innovation program designed to support schools in solving their biggest problem of practice by investing in their school culture, and implementing a blueprint that their leadership team develops at the start of the program.

 
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Schools Develop A Blueprint To Solve Their Biggest Problem Of Practice

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Leadership Teams Co-Pilot With A Sister School In Their Cohort To Scale Innovation

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Teams Take Part In Monthly Deep Dive Sessions To Keep Momentum

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Schools Will Develop A Network With Startups, Business Leaders And Top School Leaders

 

Why The Education Accelerator?

When we built the Education Accelerator, our goal was to bring an innovation program to school leaders that not only met their demands (bureaucratic requirements, budget, time, resources expended, etc…) but also focused on putting leaders in challenging situations that would actually help them, and their school, grow. In other words, our goal was to build a launchpad that gave school leaders full autonomy over the trajectory of their school’s future, and the innovation they enlisted as a means to that growth. Why the Education Accelerator? Because it’s a program that works with leaders in a school, beyond just the principal, to tackle school culture, and enlist innovation as a means to actual growth.


What Are The Details Of The Program?

Here's what we can tell you without having to kill you.

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Three-Day Immersion Kick Off

The program starts with a three-day immersion where a panel of top industry and education leaders push teams in developing a blueprint that tackles their biggest problem of practice.

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Team-Up With A Mentor

School leaders are teamed up with a mentor who supports them in implementing the blueprint they create, while challenging them to seek innovative and untraditional solutions.

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Partner With A Sister School

All schools in the cohort become sister schools, using each other as a resource, and visiting each other's school to see their blueprints in action, while pushing each other to try innovative solutions.

 
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Visit Model Schools

Becoming a model school should be the dream for every school; as part of the program, teams will visit some of the best schools, and see how they are implementing innovative cultures in their schools.

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Monthly Deep Dive Sessions

Monthly deep dive sessions with sister schools, mentors and mindSpark Learning will support momentum in your journey toward a truly innovative school culture, and implementing your blueprint.

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Have Your School’s Story Told

When all is said and done, we will share your success stories with the world, and support you and your team in becoming a model school so that you can mentor future cohorts, and be a part of their inspiration.


The Education Accelerator has inspired me to be more of a leader, realize my true identity as a professional and has helped me gain insight into how relationships impact learning.
— Attendee, Florida

What Is Implementable For The Schools That Participate?

Here's what your school can accomplish with an open mind.

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Solve Problems Now Instead Of Later

Schools will leave the three-five year plan in the past, and solve problems they come across with immediate action by utilizing a culture built to innovate when times get hard and solutions are needed.

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Develop A Risk-Taking Mentality

Schools will learn to embrace failure as a means to progress, and to take the strange, unexpected and unnerving risks that sometimes result in failure. Creative ideation and discovery is impossible without failure.

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Bring Your Teachers Together

The dream = getting all your teachers to work together. The reality = unlikely. Schools will learn to leverage a culture of empathy and equity-centered ideation to build a supportive and challenging community.

 
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Learn To Market Your School

What is your marketing strategy? What is your research and development plan? How is your school a vehicle for workforce development? You will answer these questions with strategies that work to market your school.

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Keep The Best Teachers

Schools know a special teacher is destined for great things, and they don’t want to lose them. Still, they want to encourage them to seek their opportunities. Empower all teachers to be leaders, and accomplish both.

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Get The Best Resources

Getting the resources schools need to succeed can be difficult. Schools will learn how to mobilize their community to buy-in to their school’s vision and provide them with everything they need to make it a reality.


Caution: The Education Accelerator Is Not For Everyone.*

*If you're not willing to challenge yourself, and your team, to have an open mind and strive for an innovative school, then the Education Accelerator is not for you.

However, if you believe yellow tape is just there to keep schools away from succeeding, then this program is built for your leadership team.

EAs In Progress

Follow Along With What’s Taking Place Right Now

There are currently three EAs in progress across the state of Colorado, including schools from the Denver Metro area, Frisco, the Eastern Plains, Montrose and Mesa County. The EA is supporting more than 100 school leaders from 20 different schools -- private, public, charter and rural -- in their journey to tackle their biggest problem of practice.

Learn more below, and see what some of the school leaders have to say.


What Current Cohort Participants Are Saying About Their Launches

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Caution: The Education Accelerator Is Not For Everyone.*

*If you're not willing to challenge yourself, and your team, to have an open mind and strive for an innovative school, then the Education Accelerator is not for you.

However, if you believe yellow tape is just there to keep schools away from succeeding, then this program is built for your leadership team.

Completed EAs

Learn More About What’s Already Been Accomplished

We launched our first ever Education Accelerator cohort in Florida, and it ran from the beginning of February 2018 to the end of June 2018. We worked with 24 early childhood educators to help them transform their careers, to support their growth as professionals and help them reach more students and families.

You can read their story below, and check out a quick testimonial from some of the attendees.


Click Below to Read Their Story

The lives of 24 women were transformed in Dunnellon, a small community in Marion County, Florida.

Read their story and learn more about how the program is currently being applied to their real-world lives.


Caution: The Education Accelerator Is Not For Everyone.*

*If you're not willing to challenge yourself, and your team, to have an open mind and strive for an innovative school, then the Education Accelerator is not for you.

However, if you believe yellow tape is just there to keep schools away from succeeding, then this program is built for your leadership team.

Upcoming EAs

Get Involved in What’s on the Horizon

Building out an Education Accelerator cohort takes time, commitment from schools and their leaders and local organizations who believe in the impact education can have on their community. This program is designed to have a lasting impact on not only the schools that take part, but also the communities — and the students, families and organizations within those communities — that are impacted by an education-centered focus on workforce development.

Cohorts are currently being built in the following cities —

  • Colorado Mountain Cohort: December 6th Launch Date

  • New York City Cohort: 2019 Launch Date TBD

  • New Orleans Cohort: 2019 Launch Date TBD

  • Houston Cohort: 2019 Launch Date TBD

  • Denver Cohort: 2019 Launch Date TBD

If you’re a school leader looking to get involved, you can learn more below. If you’re looking to sponsor a school, and/or an EA and/or get involved as a panel member, you can learn more below as well. Whether you’re a school or community leader, don’t miss out on this opportunity to impact your community in extraordinary ways.


What It Takes To Get A Cohort Started

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School Buy-In

The Education Accelerator is not a program that is designed to be easy. It is built to ensure that your school and your leadership team take a hard look in the mirror, and identify your problem of practice without bias. Once you’ve identified what you’d like to tackle, we will facilitate critical conversations with you and your team. Then, we will support you in building a solution that is human-centered and leverages the people in your building, while focusing on creating a climate and culture in your school that’s prepared to face the unexpected and relishes the unknown.

Click the button below to learn more.

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Community and Industry Buy-In

To launch, a cohort must have involved community leaders who can be panel members and guide participants while they dive into an entrepreneurial mindset. To launch, a cohort also must receive funding from local organizations, thus offsetting the price schools pay while simultaneously constructing it as a program that communities can get behind. You, or your organization, can get involved and make a difference in the way your community thinks about the future of workforce development. You can make a difference in education, and help us change the conversation.

Click the button below to learn more.

Spots Are Still Available for the Colorado Mountain EA Cohort

The Launch Date is Approaching Soon. Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get a Spot!