AUSL History

In 2001, Martin (Mike) Koldyke worked with Arne Duncan and Dr. Donald Feinstein to develop the Chicago Teacher Residency, an innovative model of teacher training. This program provided Chicago Public School with high-quality teachers prepared to succeed within the demanding conditions of tragically underperforming urban schools. In 2006, to better serve the needs of Chicago’s students, AUSL expanded its operations to include school management. CPS selected AUSL to implement a revolutionary model of whole school transformation at Sherman Elementary located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s southside. Today, Sherman is a Level 1+ school, the district’s highest School Quality Rating Performance score, and they’re not alone. AUSL now manages 31 schools on the city’s south and west sides.

History Timeline

Timeline

2000

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

2001/2002

AUSL opens first training academy, The Chicago Academy
2002

2002/2003

First class of 31 residents graduate
2003

2003/2004

AUSL opens second training academy, Dodge Renaissance Academy; 56 residents graduate
2004

2004/2005

AUSL opens its first high school training academy, Chicago Academy High School; 34 residents graduate
2005

2005/2006

AUSL opens Tarkington School of Excellence, 4th Training Academy; 43 residents graduate
2006

2006/2007

AUSL’s first turnaround school, Sherman School of Excellence; 35 residents graduate
2007

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

2008/2009

Three new turnaround schools: Orr Academy High School and Morton and Howe Schools of Excellence; 69 residents graduate
2009

2009/2010

New turnaround schools: Bethune, Johnson and Dulles Schools of Excellence; 56 residents graduate
2010

2010/2011

Four new turnaround schools: Bradwell, Curtis and Deneen Schools of Excellence and Phillips Academy High School; 69 residents graduate
2011

2011/2012

Morton and Howe become teacher training sites; 500th resident graduates
2012

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

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

2014/2015

Three new turnaround schools: Dvorak, Gresham, and McNair Schools of Excellence; Collins and Fuller become teacher training sites; 115 residents graduate
2015

2015/2016

AUSL celebrates its 15th anniversary year; 69 residents graduate
2016

2016/2017

Dewey becomes teacher training site; Dodge consolidates with Morton; 55 residents graduate and AUSL celebrates over 1,000 resident graduates