The 6th Annual AUSL Festival of the Arts & Sciences

WGN Plus – The 6th Annual AUSL Festival of the Arts & Sciences

May 26, 2015 – WGN's Rachel Woodall attended the festival and spoke with Mariam Thiam (Manager of Curricular Enhancements for AUSL), Tim Sheldon (Principal of Chalmers School of Excellence), and several students who participated in the program. It was an eye-opening day, a great example of the powerful effects art can have in a child’s life....

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May 2015 AUSL Teacher Feature: Savannah Jackson

May 2015 AUSL Teacher Feature: Savannah Jackson

Monday, May 18, 2015

Savannah Jackson
1st Grade Teacher
Marquette School of Excellence

What made you decide to become a teacher?
I studied public health in college and after graduating I was an asthma educator in Chicago. I was traveling to schools all over the city and surrounding suburbs and just fell in love with the kids. I decided I should be...

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Creating Excellence through Relationships

Creating Excellence through Relationships

It’s finally the time of the year that I (and every other resident) have been training for: May Turnaround Visits.

The turnaround visits are a lot like the NFL’s rookie orientation practices. We get the opportunity to visit schools that are in the midst of the turnaround process and observe a classroom for two weeks without the pressure of veteran teammates watching. If you&...

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How to Change the World

How to Change the World

I’ve been very fortunate to experience so many professional development (PD) opportunities during my year in the CTR. Normally residents attend a slew of school-based PDs and full-day residency workshops, however, I recently had the unique opportunity to attend Facing History and Ourselves with my fellow Secondary Social Science residents. We spent two full days diving into refle...

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