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

Annise Lewis

Chief of Schools

Scott Macdonald

Managing Director, Strategy and Operations

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

Our core values

Accountability

Collaboration

Excellence

Initiative

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.

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.