Impact Through Innovation

The Pioneering In-District Innovation Zone (“iZone”)

Since becoming the nation’s first urban teacher residency program in 2001 and the nation’s first in-district innovation zone in 2006, we have operated autonomously within the Chicago Public School system to transform the city’s lowest-performing schools.

Today, we have trained over 1,000 high-quality teachers, has transformed 31 schools, and currently impacts 17,000 children throughout Chicago’s South and West sides, and provides Advisory Services for school districts across the country. And recently, we were recognized as a key element of Chicago’s learning gains over the last decade.

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Our Innovation Framework

Create highly-effective teachers and leaders
We develop, place, and advance high-quality teachers and future leaders by providing targeted and scaffold-ed pathways
Transform school climate and culture
We ensure previously underperforming schools are safe, supportive, and diverse learning environments that enable each child to thrive academically and socially
Support the “whole child”
We build and sustain Pre-K through 12 academic, social-emotional, and extracurricular supports to enrich all aspects of student learning.
Lead with data
We implement, nurture, and refine the data systems and culture to enhance how we serve our students.
Manage for continuous improvement
We evolve the leadership structure and relationships necessary to help the underserved populations succeed within large urban school systems

Voice of AUSL

As pioneers on the forefront of in-district innovation, we have been featured in studies and stories from across education media.

AUSL Innovates

Thought leadership collection featuring our best and next practices illustrating how and why we do what we do.

Want to learn more?

If it’s for an inside scoop or just wanting to learn more about AUSL’s innovation model, contact:

Hemali Desai
Associate Director, Innovation
hdesai@auslchicago.org