Chicago and Delaware charter school principals receive the Ryan Award
and a $25,000 honorarium for leadership excellence in closing the
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two of the nation’s top school principals today received the Ryan Award
for exceptional leadership in closing the achievement gap in urban K-12
schools. The prestigious award includes a $25,000 honorarium and the
opportunity to teach their successful practices at the Kellogg School of
Management at Northwestern University.
Pat Ryan, Jr., founder of the Chicago-based Accelerate Institute which
sponsors the award, presented the winners with their awards at the
Institute’s annual Impact Dinner in Chicago. “We created the Ryan Awards
three years ago to highlight the leaders of the most successful
transformational schools in the US,” Ryan said. “Our goal is to
recognize the achievements of these leaders, enlist them as role models
and help current and future principals learn from their successes.”
The 2015 Ryan Award winners are Lamont W. Browne, head of
school/principal of EastSide Charter School in Wilmington, Del., and
Tyson Kane, founding principal of Chicago Bulls College Prep High School
in Chicago. The winners were surrounded by their families and colleagues
from their respective schools when they received their awards.
Browne was hired in 2011 as a turnaround principal at EastSide, a Pre-K
to 8 school serving 475 low-income students in urban Wilmington which
had been considered for shutdown by the State Board of Education. In his
four years at the helm, Browne has focused on teacher development and
classroom excellence, resulting in the school achieving the highest
growth rate in both Math and English Language Arts scores of any charter
school in Delaware in the past two testing years. Success of the
school’s turnaround has been based on four areas: student-centered
decision making; teacher talent selection and development; creating a
culture of high expectations, transparency and professional growth; and
multi-faceted stakeholder involvement.
Kane started with Chicago Bulls College Prep six years ago when it was
established as part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools. The high
school got its launch and name with the financial support of the Chicago
Bulls Charities and serves 1,100 low-income students, primarily from
Chicago’s west side. Under Kane’s leadership, Bulls Prep students have
performed at consistently high levels, with 100 percent of its graduates
being accepted to four-year universities, including Harvard,
Northwestern and the University of Chicago. Of the 120 high schools in
Chicago, Bulls Prep has ranked in the top five in ACT test score growth
of its students from freshman to senior year for the past three years.
One of Kane’s key initiatives was to implement a student-led,
discussion-based model in the school’s classrooms.
The Ryan Award is the first national award honoring high-impact school
principals in the US. Previous winners have been from Newark, Phoenix,
Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., all heads of schools
both public and charter serving minority populations.
Ryan Award winners are nominated by education leaders across the
country. Criteria are: nominees must be urban K-12 principals for at
least four years with a measurable record of accelerated student
The Accelerate Institute is dedicated to ensuring all children have the
opportunity to achieve to their fullest potential. It identifies high
performing, results-focused school leadership with a passion for closing
the achievement gap in urban education. For further information on the
Ryan Awards and the Accelerate Institute, visit: http://www.accelerateinstitute.org/programs/ryan-fellowship/ryan-award-nomination.
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