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About AUSL

About AUSL

At AUSL, we deliver great education and transform tragically underperforming schools. Because we believe every child regardless of zip code deserves the same quality of education. Not simply because it is fair, but because it is right. It’s called equity in education.

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Alumni Reflections

Hear alumni reflect on their time in the Chicago Teacher Residency program and how it made them the educator that they are today.

AUSL Innovates - Evening the Odds

Learn how Marilyn McCottrell at the Fuller School of Excellence is using data – both quantitative and qualitative – to transform how it serves its highest needs students – black boys.


AUSL Innovates - Leaders Are Not Born, They Are Made

Learn how Tosha Jackson transformed the culture at her school to grow her teachers and staff into school leaders from the inside.

AUSL Innovates - Let Them Be Heard

Learn how the transformation of Isaac Castelaz’s school mirrored the transformation of his leadership – from not just serving his students, but partnering with his students to better meet their needs.

AUSL Innovates - Personalization for the Adults We Lead

Learn how the needs of adult learners are no different than the needs of the student learners, and how creating the space to personalize the learning of teachers accelerates meeting student needs.

AUSL Innovates - Trust

Learn how the seeds of trust are sown in a school and the impact it has had in transforming outcomes for Piccolo’s student body.

Mauricia Estes

Career Changing

From an IT Specialist at IBM to Assistant Principal at Carter School of Excellence, Mauricia Estes talks about her dramatic career shift.

Chicago Teacher Residency Overview

The Chicago Teacher Residency is a full-time, one-year urban teacher training program that provides you with the skills and support you need to become a highly effective educator.

Cohort Support

Cohort Support

The Chicago Teacher Residency is a tough year, and what helps Sarah Leddon get through is the support she receives from her peers. Being part of a cohort not only helps you with your training and coursework, but is the beginning of your professional network.

Jasmyne Portee

Do you have what it takes?

Jasmyne Portee, a first grade teacher and an alumnae of the Chicago Teacher Residency Class of 2013, shares how the program helped her form the grit she needs to find success every day in the classroom.

Leading with Data

Leading with data

Data isn’t the first thing people think about when it comes to teaching, but at the Chicago Teacher Residency, we let it guide us and better our practices every day. See why a data-first model drew Kiara Sims to the program.

Leigh Mason

Master's in Urban Teaching

Not only did she gain another year of student teaching experience with the Master’s in Urban Teaching program through the Chicago Teacher Residency, but she gained rewarding experience working with kids in need.

Residency Year Overview

Interested to know what your year would look like during the Chicago Teacher Residency? Learn about the structure of the program and what your university coursework and classroom teaching schedule will look like.

LaShawn Whitney

Transformational Experience

LaShawn Whitney, Principal at Dvorak School of Excellence and a member of the Chicago Teacher Residency Class of 2007, talks about how the program allowed her to pursue a career in education.