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Chicago Teacher Residency Testimonial - Ashley Allen

Chicago Teacher Residency Testimonial - Ashley Allen

Posted on February 11, 2016 by AUSL Chicago

Meet Ashley Allen!

Ashley was nervous about starting the residency program without prior teaching experience. Now she is thriving under the guidance of her mentor teacher and the strategies she has learned from teaching in a real classroom. Hear more about her journey and why she chose the Chicago Teacher Residency!

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The Decision of a Lifetime

The Decision of a Lifetime

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Kelly Ackmann

Approximately one year ago, after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with dual degrees in Spanish and Communications, I officially moved from the suburbs to the city of three seasons: winter, summer, and construction. The last 365 days have been a wild and tremendous mix of new experiences, summer heat, emotions, cons...

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No Regrets

No Regrets

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Marla Reid

It is now January. I have completed my first lead teach, finished over half my graduate school course load, and am “hopefully” over the hump. The AUSL residency has been a whirlwind thus far—Illinois State exams, graduate classes, lesson plans, classroom management, many sleepless nights, and several sets of eyes watching me al...

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A Conversation with Residency Triad: Tabitha Turner, Ryan Konicek, and Mary Slomkowski

A Conversation with Residency Triad: Tabitha Turner, Ryan Konicek, and Mary Slomkowski

Posted on December 3, 2015 by AUSL Chicago

Tabitha Turner Center
3rd Grade Mentor Teacher, Deneen School of Excellence
University of Illinois, ‘09

Ryan Konicek Left
DePauw University, ‘15

Mary Slomkowski Right
Moody Bible Institute, ‘13

What mad...

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Equity in Education

Equity in Education

Posted on November 9, 2015 by AUSL Chicago

Creating schools of excellence that have the power to transform lives, neighborhoods, and our city.

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AUSL Student Profile: Devon Robinson

AUSL Student Profile: Devon Robinson

Posted on November 6, 2015 by AUSL Chicago

Meet Devon Robinson, a senior at Solorio Academy High School! Devon is using the obstacles he has overcome in life as motivation to pursue a career in therapy. Read more about Devon’s story and how he has become a role model for other Solorio students.

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Tracking Smiles

Tracking Smiles

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Nora Keating

While planning and preparing for Fall Lead Teach of Cycle 2, my mentor gave my co-resident and I a pep talk about keeping a growth mindset amidst the craziness of the school year. She discussed the challenges of being responsible for helping our Diverse Learners meet their individual learning goals when needs and skills are so widely varied.

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The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Loved

The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Loved

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Allison Kerr

I’ve been a resident teacher for over a month now, although it seems like the school year must have started at least 6 months ago. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Since the first day of school on September 8th, each day I have learned an unbelievable amount of teaching. I’m so thankful that we get to be in the classro...

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