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New Residents Begin the CTR Year with an Informative and Community-Building Orientation

“I am learning from the best,” new resident David Armstrong reflected, “from educators who not only understand the ins-and-outs of CPS culture, but passionate educators who have the experience to back it all up.” The incoming cohort of 89 residents recently completed their five-day orientation for the Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR). The CTR team welcomed the residents with community building and foundational information to prepare for the year ahead.The orientation sessions covered the CTR’s values, teaching frameworks, and tools to be an effective educator. Chi Blasingame joined the...

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New Class of Teacher Residents Gather for Program Kick-Off

Chicago Teacher Residency's 2024 class gathered for the first time to connect before embarking on a new chapter in their careers. Residents met colleagues teaching across several subject areas, learning each others’ motivations and journeys to becoming teachers. Some join the cohort with experience in education as counselors or substitute teachers while others come from industries such as scientific research and airline service. With varied backgrounds, many residents shared their interest in advancing and establishing their careers through Chicago Teacher Residency’s training and...

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AUSL’s LiberatED Way Hosts Second Annual Leaders LinkUp – The Unconference

AUSL’s LiberatED Way brought more than 80 school leaders from across the country to Chicago for their second annual LiberatED Leaders LinkUp (L3). The three-day event began with a sunset cruise along the Chicago River for the leaders to connect over dinner and views of the city. The workshops and discussions continued at The Metropolitan, lifestyle and business club on the 67th floor of Willis Tower. Taking on the style of an Unconference, the LiberatED Way team developed the sessions based on input from the attendees. The L3 Unconference centered Gen Z, the trailblazing generation of...

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Advisory Services Molly Leger publishes article in Edutopia, prepares for LiberatED Leaders LinkUp conference

AUSL’s  Molly Leger, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives co-authored a piece on equity-centered leadership that was published in Edutopia in January. The "5 Ways to Implement Equity-Centered Leadership Practices" article was based on her research and experience supporting the LiberatED Way. Molly also presented on the power of student-centered graduate portraits in galvanizing school communities at the recent AERA conference in Chicago. "Molly has continued to serve as an important thought leader to help us both amplify and enhance our LiberatED Way powered by AUSL work,” Martin...

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Associates Board meets to discuss leading educational transformations

Terrill Wilkins was a high school history teacher before he moved to the Midwest to pursue a legal career. “I loved working with and coaching my students, and supporting them towards their academic and postsecondary goals,” Wilkins said. “Teachers are the foundation of a student’s educational journey and AUSL’s CTR is at the frontlines of ensuring Chicago’s students have equitable opportunities to achieve postsecondary success.” Wilkins joined AUSL’s Associates Board in 2013 and has become a champion of AUSL and teachers in Chicago. In March, the Co-Chair of the Associates Board hosted an...

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CTR Partnership School Job Fair

More than 50 Chicago Teacher Residency residents participated in the Partnership School Job Fair in March. The job fair brought in 20 schools to speak with graduating CTR residents. Some residents left the networking event with job offers in hand.  “It was a wonderful job fair, residents looked sharp and the schools brought their swag,” Kate Peterson, Director of the CTR said. “There was conversation, laughter and excitement. Many residents expressed their enjoyment in meeting school teams they hadn’t previously considered in their job search.” Carina Pruitt, Associate Director of the CTR...

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AUSL Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Last week, AUSL celebrated Teachers Appreciation Week at several Chicago Teacher Residency Partnership and network schools. Dr. Annise Lewis, AUSL Chief of Schools, and Deputy Chief of Schools Tosha Jackson visited several schools to meet with teachers and school leaders to convey their gratitude for the overwhelming commitment school staff provide to their schools, students, and communities. Donald Feinstein, Ph.D., AUSL Executive Director, stated, “Teachers can change lives by instilling knowledge, confidence, self-worth, and patience. AUSL celebrates the alumni of our Chicago Teacher...

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Chicago’s Need for Special Education Teachers

If you're considering a career as a teacher, you might find the most rewarding opportunities in special education. Over the past decade, Chicago and the nation have experienced a severe shortage of special education teachers. Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. In 2019–20, the number of students ages 3–21 who received special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was 7.3 million, or 14 percent of all public-school students. Data shows that black and brown...

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The Academy for Urban School Leadership to hold its Twentieth Anniversary Annual Fundraiser on November 3, 2021

Philanthropists Mike and Robin Zafirovski and Corporate Champion Greg Case, CEO of Aon, Honored for Their Support of Equity in Education CHICAGO, November 1, 2021 -- The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), an education equity-focused nonprofit, is holding its annual fundraiser to celebrate its twentieth anniversary on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, at 5:30 PM at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E Delaware Place Chicago, IL. Revenue raised from the event will fund incremental supports for AUSL’s Chicago Teacher Residency which provides educator training and professional development for...

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