Impact through innovation

Pioneering the in-district innovation zone

Since becoming the nation’s first urban teacher residency program in 2001 and the nation’s first in-district innovation zone in 2006, we have worked in partnership with the Chicago Public School System to transform the city’s lowest-performing schools.

AUSL has trained 1,444 high-quality teachers, transformed 31 schools in Chicago, and impacted 50,000 students across 8 cities and 65 schools nationwide.

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Our innovation framework

Create highly-effective teachers and leaders

We develop, place, and advance high-quality teachers and future leaders by providing targeted and scaffold-ed pathways

Transform school climate and culture

We ensure previously underperforming schools are safe, supportive, and diverse learning environments that enable each child to thrive academically and socially

Support the “whole child”

We build and sustain Pre-K through 12 academic, social-emotional, and extracurricular supports to enrich all aspects of student learning.

Lead with data

We implement, nurture, and refine the data systems and culture to enhance how we serve our students.

Manage for continuous improvement

We evolve the leadership structure and relationships necessary to help the underserved populations succeed within large urban school systems

AUSL innovates

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