Chicago Teacher Residency Testimonial - Ashley Allen

Chicago Teacher Residency Testimonial - Ashley Allen

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

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, construction, snowstorms, new faces, and life lessons ...

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No Regrets

No Regrets

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 all along the way.

Through it all, I must sa...

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AUSL leads in teacher prep, not just turn-arounds

Catalyst Chicago – AUSL leads in teacher prep, not just turn-arounds

January 9, 2016 – While the Academy for Urban School Leadership, or AUSL, is best-known today for its efforts to turn around low-performing Chicago schools, it got its start as an innovative teacher-training program with roots in the Golden Apple Foundation. Martin “Mike” Koldyke, a venture capitalist, founded both non-profit organizations -- Golden Apple in 1985 and AUSL in 2001 -- and led...

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