AUSL focuses on the meeting the needs of students in under invested communities through our Chicago Teacher Residency and LIBERATED WAY Advisory Services team

Creating Teachers of Excellence

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) has trained over 1,000 teachers and manages 15 schools.

Training High-Quality Teachers

Join the Chicago Teacher Residency to learn, teach, and inspire.

The LIBERATED WAY Advisory Services team

Combines knowledge of instructional leadership, design, DEI, and family engagement to help school communities.

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is an education equity focused not-for-profit.

Fast facts

80%

Current CTR class identify as teachers of color

1,200+

Chicago Teacher Residency Alumni

59%

Residents identify as first-generation college students

Equity in Education Starts with Good Teachers

We leverage nearly two decades of learnings through our partnerships with schools and school districts across the country with the goal of unlocking student potential.

To achieve the goal of providing access to an excellent education, we have three service lines:

Chicago Teacher Residency

Residents earn a scholarship, a Master of Education at DePaul University and gain in-classroom experience from a mentor teacher. Graduates are hired as a teacher in a CPS Opportunity School with an annual salary of $68,000.

Advisory Services

The Liberated Way team supports forward-thinking schools and systems-level leaders to partner with their school communities in defining, calibrating on, and implementing an equity-driven vision for the student experience.

School Management

AUSL infused $100 million in teacher training and school enhancements and saw increases in the percentage of 8th-grade students at or above grade level in reading and math in its network schools.
Donors like you allow us to meet the educational and social-emotional needs of students in under-resourced communities

A key approach to recruiting and training teachers is through investment in public-private partnerships that recruit and train excellent educators committed to serving our most at-risk students.

Events at AUSL

AUSL creates change through our Chicago Teacher Residency, school supports, and Advisory services. See the upcoming events from our three services lines.
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Advisory Services

LiberatED Way: Students and families in underserved communities want to see school reimagined. They want experiences that are rigorous, relevant, tend to students’ social and emotional needs and affirm student identity.

We support forward-thinking school and systems-level leaders to authentically partner with their school communities in defining, calibrating on, and implementing an equity-driven vision for the student experience that leads to whole-child success.

“I’m a huge, huge fan of who you are (CTR), what you are going to do, and the AUSL family. There’s nothing more important that we can do than put great teachers into the classrooms of our children across Chicago, particularly in our most underserved communities.

Our students are going to need teaches who believe in them, who see their potential, who can help them through the stress and trauma to envision a set of possibilities way beyond what the day to day reality might feel like.

Your collective commitment and courage inspire me.”

– Arne Duncam, former Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, speaking at graduation on the power of the CTR to transform educational outcomes for students.

In the news

Hear others tell of how AUSL is advancing equity in education and training high-quality teachers.

About AUSL

Meet our staff, hear our mission, and learn about our history.

Our Partners

Partners offer support for a range of education-equity education programs.

Careers

Start making an impact and apply today. Browse open staff positions within the AUSL organization.

Event Calendar

See events from AUSL's three service lines.

Donate to AUSL

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is an education equity-focused non-profit that works tirelessly with the belief that all students should have access to an excellent education right in their own neighborhoods.

As a donor, you bring us closer to bringing equity to the educational outcomes of students in under-resourced communities.

About the CTR

The Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) is a one-year teacher training program for talented, professionals who passionately believe that all students deserve a quality education. Individuals who join the program receive a scholarship to obtain a master’s degree from DePaul University and obtain in-classroom experience with guidance from expert coaches and mentors.

Inquire

Fill out our inquiry form to get any answers to your questions.

Tuition & Financial Aid

You’re moving us closer to equity in education. That’s why we work hard to provide financial support and competitive tuition costs to cover your Residency year.

Requirements & Eligibility

We look for candidates that are invested in education, dedicated to doing good, and committed to their own personal growth.

Degree Programs

AUSL provides residents with a significant scholarship, that makes the cost of attaining a masters degree at nationally ranked DePaul University.

Teacher’s Stories

Interested to know what your year would look like during the Chicago Teacher Residency? Learn about the structure of the program and what your university coursework and classroom teaching schedule will look like.

Blog

Read the latest stories about AUSL and education equity programs.

Events

Read more about AUSL and CTR events.

FAQ's

Learn more about AUSL.

Applying to the Chicago Teacher Residency is Easy as 1,2,3

It only takes a few minutes to apply! Just supply us with your resume and unofficial transcripts of colleges/universities attended.

About LiberatED Way

Our Advisory team is student-centered, equity-driven, authentic, and bold. Our LiberatED Way team is student-centered, equity-driven, authentic, and bold.

Who We Are

Our team is student-centered, equity-driven, authentic, and bold.

What We Do

We take an inclusive and comprehensive approach to school improvement.

Who We Work With

Our partners are forward-thinking schools, districts, and other organizations who are committed to creating the conditions for liberated student learning.

Contact

Chat with a consultant to learn more.

Donate to AUSL

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is an education equity-focused non-profit that works tirelessly with the belief that all students should have access to an excellent education right in their own neighborhoods.

As a donor, you bring us closer to bringing equity to the educational outcomes of students in under-resourced communities.

Blog

Read the latest stories about AUSL and education equity programs.

Press

The Academy for Urban School Leadership is a school management organization in working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

Progress Reports

We are committed to providing detailed information of our progress year-to-year.

Publications

A Collection of Publications and Resources for teachers and donors.

Donate to AUSL

The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is an education equity-focused non-profit that works tirelessly with the belief that all students should have access to an excellent education right in their own neighborhoods.

As a donor, you bring us closer to bringing equity to the educational outcomes of students in under-resourced communities.