Overview

About AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership), created in 2001, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve student achievement in chronically failing schools, primarily in Chicago, through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.

AUSL currently manages 29 Chicago Public Schools serving over 17,000 students and has graduated over 650 residents from AUSL’s Chicago Teacher Residency.

Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools. AUSL turnaround elementary schools have outpaced the Chicago Public School district growth in ISAT meets/exceeds gains every year since our first turnaround school in 2006. The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research found that turnarounds, including those managed by AUSL, closed the gap between their test scores and the CPS average by over half in reading and by two-thirds in math after four years.


What We’re Doing

Preparing Highly-Effective Teachers

Preparing Highly-Effective Teachers

Teachers are central to our theory of change. Through professional development for our teachers and the Chicago Teacher residency, AUSL develops highly effective teachers for the challenging urban environment. Many of the teachers at our turnaround schools are graduates of the AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency which is a year-long program during which residents train under the guidance of a carefully selected and trained mentor teacher in the classroom and complete coursework at National Louis University to obtain a Master’s Degree.

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Transforming Failing Schools

Transforming Failing Schools

To transform failing schools, AUSL executes a rigorous, comprehensive and proven turnaround model that has become a national model for reform. The transformation begins with new leadership, new teachers and staff with many of them trained to teach in urban schools, new curriculum, additional after-school programs and newly renovated facilities. The same students return in the fall to the same school, with a new climate focused on success for every student. AUSL manages these turnaround schools under contract with CPS. AUSL schools are, and continue to be, public neighborhood schools.

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