The Academy for Urban School Leadership is a nonprofit organization that provides equity-focused programming to improve educational outcomes for students in underinvested communities.
In 2001, Martin (Mike) Koldyke worked with Arne Duncan and Dr. Donald Feinstein to develop the Chicago Teacher Residency, an innovative model of teacher training.
This program provided Chicago Public School with high-quality teachers prepared to succeed within the demanding conditions of under-invested schools. In 2006, to better serve the needs of Chicago’s students, AUSL expanded its operations to include school management. CPS selected AUSL to implement a revolutionary model of whole school transformation at Sherman Elementary located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s southside. Today, Sherman is a Level 1 school, on the district’s School Quality Rating Performance score, and they’re not alone. While AUSL no longer manages schools, we continue to recruit and train high-quality educators and have evolved in the ways we support educators. Today, our LiberatED Way advisory service partners with schools across the country to help school leaders dream, author, and create student-centered and community driven visions for learning.
AUSL opens Tarkington School of Excellence, 4th Training Academy; 43 residents graduate
AUSL’s first turnaround school, Sherman School of Excellence; 35 residents graduate
Three new turnaround schools: Orr Academy High School and Morton and Howe Schools of Excellence; 69 residents graduate
New turnaround schools: Bethune, Johnson and Dulles Schools of Excellence; 56 residents graduate
AUSL celebrates over 1,000 resident graduates. AUSL spotlighted as Innovation Zone by Bridgespan Group. Launched new brand identity: Better Schools. Brighter Futures.
How Schools Work by Arne Duncan is published, spotlighting AUSL’s work with Lewis School of Excellence.
Fast Start Working Group for Advisory Services established to increase student impact and revenue for organization.
Awarded NSI grant from Gates Foundation to create coordinated student supports from MS to HS and further develop AUSL Way.
New communications statement developed.
LiberatED Way is launched. CTR is fully remote and develops new remote coaching system.