Room 130

Room 130

The commute to Curtis School of Excellence on 115th Street isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact it’s kind of nice. It gives me a chance to decompress before walking into the school and seeing the kids.

The start of the school year was a wonderful time. A little shaky at first, trying to adjust, but all in all it’s been a stellar time i...

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Room 307

Room 307

Three weeks into the school year at Chicago Academy High School, I had an experience teaching in our American Lit class that reinforced why I am training to be a teacher. During a lesson on the Declaration of Independence, I had students talk to their partners about their questions about the text. When I had students share out their questions to the class, a st...

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October 2014 Teacher Feature: Ryan Leonard

October 2014 Teacher Feature: Ryan Leonard

We are excited to present a new, recurring highlight: the Teacher Feature! Each month, we’ll feature an inspiring educator teaching within an AUSL network school.

Ryan Leonard
11th Grade, Civics
Chicago Teacher Residency Mentor Teacher

Collins Academy High School

How long have you been teaching?
This is my...

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Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

School Library Journal – Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

October 1, 2014 – When librarian K.C. Boyd came to Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago in 2010, it was ranked second to last among schools in Illinois. Since then, the facility of about 600 students has made major gains. Phillips received a 2011 School Improvement Award from the Illinois State Board of Education and moved from a level three rating to a level one...

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