Equity-Focused, Improving Student Outcomes

The Academy for Urban School Leadership is a nonprofit organization that provides equity-focused programming to improve educational outcomes for students in underinvested communities.

Twenty years ago, Mike Koldyke envisioned that aspiring teachers in a year-long residency program would stay in our city’s most under resourced schools. In partnership with former CPS CEO Arne Duncan and experienced westside CPS principal Don Feinstein, a new model for teacher preparation was developed.

Through our nationally-recognized Teacher Residency Program, AUSL recruits and trains diverse teachers with the passion and skillset to serve long-term in under-resourced communities. Through AUSL Advisory Services and their Liberated Way approach, we leverage two decades of success transforming schools to help schools and school districts across the country.

Train

We develop high-quality, committed educators through our teachers residency program.

Advise

Our holistic school model allows schools across the nation to support their teachers, staff, and students.

Manage

We manage a network of Chicago Public Schools, increasing educational access through private-public partnerships.

Management Team

Shane Caterino

Managing Director, External Relations

Donald Feinstein, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Tosha Jackson

Chief of Schools

Michael Whitmore

Managing Director, Teaching & Learning

Board of Directors

Lindsey Axel*

Bantam Capital

Zaid Abdul-Aleem*

Managing Director at Moelis & Company

Cheri Carter

Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement, The Boeing Company

Jennifer Chuang
James E. Cowie*

President & Chief Executive Officer, Collegis Education

Brian Doyal*

Co-Head of Global Investment Banking, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Donald Feinstein, Ph.D.*

Executive Director, AUSL

Munu Gandhi*

President and Chief Operating Officer, ITsavvy

Craig Goesel

Senior Vice President of Management Liability, Alliant/Mesirow Insurance Services

Jackie Jodl*

Senior Vice President of Global Youth and Education, Special Olympics

Martin J. Koldyke*

Founder and Chair Emeritus, AUSL

Robert E. King***

Salt Creek Ventures, LLC

Liz Lefkofsky**

Lefkofsky Family Foundation

Anthony Miller*

Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Steve Pemberton

Chief Human Resources Officer, Workhuman

Cardelle Spangler*

Chair, AUSL
Chicago Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Eric C. Strobel

Partner, the Partnering Group

Greg Wasson*

President and Co-Founder, Wasson Enterprise

Mike Zafirovski

Founder and President, The Zaf Group

* Members of the executive committee
** Honorary Director
*** Emeritus

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Accountability

Collaboration

Excellence

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Urgency

AUSL’s History

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. AUSL now manages schools on the city’s south and west sides.

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