Academy for Urban School Leadership
|Type||School Management Organization and Teacher Preparation Program|
Donald Feinstein, Ph.D., Executive Director
Shana Hayes, Managing Director, External Affairs
Scott Macdonald, Managing Director, Strategy and OperationsJarvis Sanford, Managing Director, Managing Director, AUSL Network Schools
|Mission||AUSL creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.|
AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.
Network of Schools
AUSL manages 32 Chicago Public Schools serving over 18,000 students. AUSL schools operate within the CPS system and are built on the foundation of effective instruction, the right climate and culture, and high expectations and no excuses. Strong school leadership and highly effective teachers ensure student academic and social/emotional growth in AUSL's network of schools.
|Bradwell School of Excellence||7736 S. Burnham Ave.||South Shore||Pre K-8|
|Carter School of Excellence||5740 S. Michigan Ave.||Washington Park||Pre K-8|
|Casals School of Excellence||3501 W. Potomac Ave.||Humboldt Park||Pre K-8|
|Chalmers School of Excellence||2745 W. Roosevelt Rd.||North Lawndale||Pre K-8|
|The Chicago Academy||3400 N. Austin Ave.||Dunning||Pre K-8|
|Chicago Academy High School||3400 N. Austin Ave.||Dunning||9-12|
|Collins Academy High School||1313 S. Sacramento Dr.||North Lawndale||9-12|
|Curtis School of Excellence||32 E. 115th St.||Roseland||Pre K-8|
|Deneen School of Excellence||7240 S. Wabash Ave.||Greater Grand Crossing||Pre K-8|
|Dewey School of Excellence||5415 S. Union Ave.||New City||Pre K-8|
|Dodge Renaissance Academy||431 N. Troy Ave.||East Garfield Park||Pre K-8|
|Dulles School of Excellence||6311 S. Calumet Ave.||Greater Grand Crossing||Pre K-8|
|Dvorak School of Excellence||3615 W 16th St.||North Lawndale||Pre K-8|
|Fuller School of Excellence||4214 S. Saint Lawrence Ave.||Grand Boulevard||Pre K-8|
|Gresham School of Excellence||8524 S Green St.||Auburn Gresham||Pre K-8|
|Harvard School of Excellence||7525 S. Harvard Ave.||Greater Grand Crossing||Pre K-8|
|Herzl School of Excellence||3711 W. Douglas Blvd.||North Lawndale||Pre K-8|
|Howe School of Excellence||720 N. Lorel Ave.||Austin||Pre K-8|
|Johnson School of Excellence||1420 S. Albany Ave.||North Lawndale||Pre K-8|
|Lewis School of Excellence||1431 N. Leamington Ave.||Austin||Pre K-8|
|Marquette School of Excellence||6550 S. Richmond St.||Chicago Lawn||Pre K-8|
|McNair School of Excellence||4820 W Walton St.||Austin||Pre K-8|
|Morton School of Excellence||431 N. Troy Ave.||East Garfield Park||Pre K-8|
|National Teachers Academy||55 W. Cermak Rd.||Near South Side||Pre K-8|
|O'Keeffe School of Excellence||6940 S. Merrill Ave.||South Shore||Pre K-8|
|Orr Academy High School||730 N. Pulaski Ave.||Humboldt Park||9-12|
|Phillips Academy High School||244 E. Pershing Rd.||Douglas||9-12|
|Piccolo School of Excellence||1040 N. Keeler Ave.||Humboldt Park||Pre K-8|
|Sherman School of Excellence||1000 W. 52nd St.||New City||Pre K-8|
|Solorio Academy High School||5400 S. St. Louis St.||Gage Park||9-12|
|Stagg School of Excellence||7424 S. Morgan St.||Englewood||Pre K-8|
|Tarkington School of Excellence||3330 W. 71st St.||Chicago Lawn||Pre K-8|
Chicago Teacher Residency Program
The centerpiece of AUSL's efforts is the Chicago Teacher Residency program, a year-long urban teacher training program in Chicago's Public Schools. This intensive 12-month, full-time, paid training program combines teacher preparation, licensure, and a Master's degree to give Residents the tools they need to dramatically improve student achievement in Chicago’s public schools.
Residents work four days a week in the classroom of an experienced Mentor teacher, at an AUSL teacher training CPS school and receive intensive and individualized coaching, guidance and opportunities for practice that shape them into a confident, capable, and reflective teachers ready for the special challenges of their own classroom in a CPS school. Residents also earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and a full Illinois Initial teaching certification in just one year. If already certified to teach, residents earn a Master of Education in Urban Education.
Steady, positive improvements in academic achievement, student engagement, and parent satisfaction are hallmarks of all AUSL-managed CPS schools.
- U.S.News & World Report Education ranked Chicago Academy High School in the top ten best public high schools in the city of Chicago.
- Morton School of Excellence has maintained Level 1 status since school year 2010-11. In 2012, Morton School of Excellence surpassed the district ISAT average, the first turnaround school to achieve this milestone.
- In 2013, Phillips Academy High School achieved Level 1 status for the first time in its history.
- Every year since 2008, AUSL turnaround elementary schools, on average, have surpassed the district's growth on ISAT gains.
The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research and American Institutes for Research in 2012 released a summary from their independent research evaluating the effect of reform including AUSL turnarounds. The study concluded the following:
- Four years after intervention, the gap in test scores between reformed elementary/middle schools and the school system average closed by almost half in reading and by two-thirds in mathematics.
- The teacher workforce after intervention across all models was more likely to be white, younger, and less experienced, and were more likely to have provisional certification than teachers who were at those schools before the intervention.
- Without intervention, the comparison neighborhood schools saw minimal to no increases in average test scores.
- Furthermore, these significant results were achieved serving the same students as before intervention.
- Transformation of an elementary school is a process, not an event. The gains seen in the fourth year vs. the comparison schools are higher than those seen in the first year.
- High schools that underwent reform did not show significant improvements in absences or ninth grade on-track-to-graduate rates over matched comparison schools, but recent high school efforts look more promising than earlier ones.
Most of AUSL turnarounds score below CPS averages on the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state benchmarks on standardized testing. Those schools that beat district averages have been accused of pushing out their lowest-performing students or those with discipline problems to artificially inflate their test scores.
- "About AUSL" http://auslchicago.org/about
- "AUSL Schools" http://auslchicago.org/schools
- "Chicago Teacher Residency" http://auslchicago.org/residency
- "Illinois High Schools" http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/illinois/rankings?name=&schooltypepublic=y&schooltypemagnet=y&state=il&county=Chicago&schooltypecharter=y
- "2013 Elementary School Performance Policy Report" http://schoolreports.cps.edu/PerformancePolicyReport/Performance_Policy_2013_schlid_ES_610257.pdf
- "2013 High School Performance Policy Report" http://schoolreports.cps.edu/PerformancePolicyReport/Performance_Policy_2013_schlid_HS_609727.pdf
- "AUSL School Results" http://auslchicago.org/schools/results
- "Turning Around Low-Performing Schools in Chicago" February 2012 http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/publications/turning-around-low-performing-schools-chicago
- "School reform organization gets average grades" http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-06/news/ct-met-cps-turnaround-20120206_1_turnaround-schools-urban-school-leadership-ausl
- "The History of AUSL" http://auslchicago.org/about