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.
Our Core Values
We passionately believe that all students deserve a quality education.
We hold high expectations that drive our urgent focus on continuous improvement.
We hire and grow the best talent.
We create a culture that embraces initiative, collaboration and resilience.
What We’re Doing
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.
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.
The History of AUSL
2000 / 2001
Arne Duncan, Martin Koldyke, and Dr. Donald Feinstein develop the Chicago Teacher Residency, a specialized training program for teachers in urban schools
2001 / 2002
AUSL opens first training academy, The Chicago Academy
2002 / 2003
First class of 31 residents graduate
2003 / 2004
AUSL opens second training academy, Dodge Renaissance Academy; 56 residents graduate
2004 / 2005
AUSL opens its first high school training academy, Chicago Academy High School; 34 residents graduate
2005 / 2006
AUSL opens Tarkington School of Excellence, 4th Training Academy; 43 residents graduate
2006 / 2007
AUSL's first turnaround school, Sherman School of Excellence; 35 residents graduate
2007 / 2008
AUSL's second turnaround school, Harvard School of Excellence; AUSL opens two more training academies, Collins Academy High School and National Teachers Academy; 44 residents graduate
2008 / 2009
Three new turnaround schools: Orr Academy High School and Morton and Howe Schools of Excellence; 69 residents graduate
2009 / 2010
New turnaround schools: Bethune, Johnson and Dulles Schools of Excellence; 56 residents graduate
2010 / 2011
Four new turnaround schools: Bradwell, Curtis and Deneen Schools of Excellence and Phillips Academy High School; 69 residents graduate
2011 / 2012
Morton and Howe become teacher training sites; 500th resident graduates
2012 / 2013
Six new turnaround schools: Casals, Fuller, Herzl, Marquette, Piccolo, and Stagg Schools of Excellence; Bradwell, Curtis, Dulles, Johnson, Orr and Phillips become teacher training sites; 149 residents graduate
2013 / 2014
Five new turnaround schools: Carter, Chalmers, Dewey, Lewis, and O'Keeffe Schools of Excellence; Deneen and Marquette become teacher training sites; Dodge co-locates with Morton; Bethune closes; 111 residents graduate
2014 / 2015
Three new turnaround schools: Dvorak, Gresham, and McNair Schools of Excellence; Collins and Fuller become teacher training sites