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Black History Month Art Contest

In February, AUSL hosted a virtual arts contest for Network students. Students used their creativity through visual arts to represent - What Black History means to them - and submit a piece of art to their art or music teacher. The contest allowed students to tell their stories through art and celebrate African American achievements. We showcase winners from the Black History Month Art contest. 1st Place National Teachers Academy M. Bao 3rd Grade 2nd Place The Chicago Academy N. M. Martinez Kindergarten 3rd Place Casals School of Excellence D. Marquez- Sevilla 3rd Grade 1st Place O’Keeffe...

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Chicago Teacher Residency Named one of the Nation’s top Programs for Contributing to a Strong, Diverse Teacher Workforce

Chicago Teacher Residency (AUSL) has been named among the top in the country for leading the way in maintaining selective academic admissions requirements and driving greater teacher diversity in the community by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization. In a new NCTQ report, Teacher Prep Review: Program Diversity and Admissions (2021), AUSL's Chicago Teacher Residency is among the top 5% of the 1,256 programs NCTQ evaluated across the country to earn the highest distinction. Programs that earn this distinction maintain...

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Nonprofit, The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Elects New Co-Chair and Strengthens its Board with New Members

CHICAGO, February 2, 2021 -- The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), an education equity-focused nonprofit, which trains and places teachers in Chicago’s underserved teaching environments, is pleased to announce Cardelle B. Spangler and Mike Zafirovski as Co-Chairs, and new board members Cheri Carter and Steve Pemberton. Ms. Spangler, a Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, will serve as AUSL’s Co-Chair. Mike Zafirovski, AUSL board member since 2010, will remain as Co-Chair with Ms. Spangler. Cheri Carter, Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement (BGE), will serve as a board...

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AUSL Advisory Services Launches First Webinar

AUSL Advisory Services partners with school districts across the country to help them build capacity and reach their full potential. On Tuesday, July 21st, Advisory Services partnered with AUSL's Curriculum, Instruction, and Talent Development Team to hold their first joint webinar. The webinar titled, Practical Guidance for Supporting Today's Novice Teachers featured three AUSL thought leaders: LaShawn Whitney, Associate Director of Induction, a former AUSL principal, and a graduate of the CTR, Isaac Castelaz, Principal at the National Teachers Academy, and Sam Buresch, a second-year...

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Perspective: Practical Guidance for Supporting Today’s Novice Teacher

AUSL Bradwell

The following perspective series discusses the three-tiered method that the AUSL school network recommends to support novice teachers. AUSL’s perspective is reinforced via interviews held with novice and experienced teachers within the AUSL network and partner districts to discuss the effectiveness of various supports they received in their first year. AUSL has found that there are three key components of support necessary to build the foundation that first year teachers need to be able to best provide their students with equitable access to high quality learning. Click here to download...

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Honoring Our Graduates: AUSL Network High Schools

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]AUSL extends congratulations to AUSL Network High School students. AUSL, its teachers and staff congratulate our students on their accomplishments throughout High School and wish our students well on their journey through college and beyond. Their commitment to excellence in education, especially during a second semester disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest fighting for the Black Lives Matter movement is exceptional. Congratulations on finishing your final year of school. The AUSL Network is excited to see...

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Honoring Our Graduates: AUSL Network Elementary Schools

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]AUSL extends congratulations to AUSL Network Elementary School students. AUSL, its teachers and staff congratulate our students on their accomplishments throughout Elementary School and wish our students well on their journey through High School. Their commitment to excellence in education, especially during a second semester disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest fighting for the Black Lives Matter movement is exceptional. We congratulation them on finishing another year, and to our 8th graders,...

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Developing a ‘North Star’ for Middle School Graduates

Developing a ‘North Star’ for Middle School Graduates Success Bound at AUSL It’s your first day of high school. The halls are crowded and loud, and the scene overwhelms you. For comfort, you opt for your 8th-grade bookbag, a sign of more familiar times. After 1st-period, you realize this bag is missing your mandatory history book. You rush down three flights of stairs, across the crowded hallways, and finally make it to your locker. You can’t remember your combination. The bell rings. You now have a tardy, and this is your first week.  This scenario might sound familiar to you. The...

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AUSL Teachers and Graduates of Chicago Teacher Residency address the Chicago Board of Education Meeting

On Wednesday, April 22nd Dray Patterson an instructional math coach at the Marquette School of Excellence, and Jessica Kimbrough a Diverse Learners teacher and mentor at Dvorak School of Excellence spoke at the Chicago Board of Education Board meeting. Both are graduates of the Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) and teach in AUSL network schools. Jessica began her teaching career through the CTR, AUSL’s teacher training program, and has served as a Diverse Learners Teacher at Dvorak School of Excellence for over six years. In Jessica’s address to the CPS Board, she described her commitment...

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Collins Academy High School “Our Chance Now” Lab Grand Opening

The Collins Academy held the grand opening for their “Our Chance Now” Lab, a new computer and robotics laboratory donated by Chance the Rapper’s foundation Social Works. Collins Academy received $100,000 for their new computer science program which included repurposing space and adding a Mac, robotics, gaming, and digital computer labs. The “Our Chance Now” Lab includes a Design Media lab outfitted with Mac computers, robotics and 3D printer areas, a networking computer lab, a gaming center, and an instructional area. The Lab allows the Collins Academy to provide a robust Career and...

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