AUSL in the News

Read the incredible stories about AUSL and our schools, teachers, and students.


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 19...

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Phillips Academy Students Turn Around School’s Reputation

Chicago Tonight – Phillips Academy Students Turn Around School’s Reputation

December 7, 2015 – Six seasons ago, the Wendell Phillips Academy High School football team had just 12 football players. Today, not only has the current team won a state championship, but its players are college bound. In fact, many students at this formerly failing school are now headed to college. Hear the story of this turnaround school in Bronzeville. TRANSCRIP...

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Canadian coach Troy McAllister lifted Phillips to become state champs

Chicago Tribune – Canadian coach Troy McAllister lifted Phillips to become state champs

December 5, 2015 – When Troy McAllister first saw Phillips, the school was in bad shape and the football program was in worse. It was in the spring of 2009, just before Phillips began a turnaround under the direction of the Academy for Urban School Leadership. "All the stairwells were cages, screened from the railings to the ceiling," McAllister recalled in an inte...

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Prep football: Mayor Emanuel helps Phillips celebrate state title

Chicago Tribune – Prep football: Mayor Emanuel helps Phillips celebrate state title

December 2, 2015 – Amir Watts felt a tug at his left shoulder, so he looked to see his newest admirer: Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Watts helped Phillips break through for the Public League's first football state championship with last Friday's 51-7 win against Belleville Althoff in the Class 4A final in DeKalb. On Wednesday, the school celebrated the feat with a rally that ...

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Phillips Academy a shining light during dark times in Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times – Phillips Academy a shining light during dark times in Chicago

November 23, 2015 – It has been an especially tough month in a city with a long history of tough months. On Nov. 2, a 9-year-old boy was shot to death in an Auburn Gresham alley, reportedly as an act of retribution against his father. Five days later, a 14-year-old boy whose family had left Chicago to escape the violence was gunned down in Gage Park, mere weeks after...

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Football players learning life lessons while winning at Phillips Academy

Chicago Tribune – Football players learning life lessons while winning at Phillips Academy

November 20, 2015 – Like any smart quarterback, Phillips senior Quayvon Skanes knows how to stay out of harm's way. Every weekday morning, Skanes rides the Green Line L near his house on the South Side to school five train stops and a short walk away. Every night, he gets a ride home from practice from his dad, Quincy. Beyond that, the football star isn't exactly run...

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Gage Park school jumps hurdles for undocumented kids

Chicago Sun-Times – Gage Park school jumps hurdles for undocumented kids

November 19, 2015 – As soon as Solorio Academy opened its doors to freshmen in the Gage Park neighborhood in 2010, teachers and administrators set out to get their students to college. It’s every high school’s goal. But as graduation neared in 2014 for Solorio’s first senior class, a harsh reality hit. Its students who were undocumented immigrants were ineligib...

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Local high school football team turning boys into men

Fox 32 News – Local high school football team turning boys into men

November 13, 2015 – The football team at Wendell Phillips may be undefeated and just a few wins away from the state championship, but the incredible part of their story began long before they ever stepped out onto the field. Cold on a football field can only mean one thing – it’s the end of the season. The Wendell Philips Academy football team has one heck of a ...

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