Overview

About AUSL

AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

AUSL was founded in 2001 and today manages 32 Chicago Public Schools serving more than 18,000 students. Over 750 teachers have graduated from the AUSL 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, on average, have outpaced the Chicago Public School district growth in ISAT meets/exceeds gains every year since 2008. 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

Developing Highly Effective Teachers

Developing Highly Effective Teachers

High-quality, well-trained teachers are the most significant in-school factor that impacts student achievement. Through the Chicago Teacher Residency, coaching, and professional development, AUSL develops highly-effective teachers. Many of the teachers at our turnaround schools are graduates of the Chicago Teacher Residency, which is a yearlong urban teacher training program. During the training year, residents work with 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 Educational Outcomes

Transforming Educational Outcomes

To transform educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing 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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