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Admissions Coordinator

AUSL Chicago, IL

AUSL seeks an Admissions Coordinator to be part of the team that will process almost 2,000 applications to yield 200+ high-quality teacher trainees… AUSL

14 days ago

Social Media Coordinator, Digital Recruiting

AUSL Chicago, IL

AUSL seeks a Social Media Coordinator to foster engagement, interactivity, and community with our candidates, staff, and friends. Through their work… AUSL

14 days ago

Resident Teacher (K-12)

AUSL Chicago, IL

AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency: Learn. Teach. Inspire. AUSL seeks talented, committed individuals who passionately believe that all students deserve… AUSL

30+ days ago

Drama Teacher

AUSL Chicago, IL

Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time drama teachers who are highly qualified to teach at an AUSL managed Chicago Public School… Glassdoor

30+ days ago


AUSL Chicago, IL

Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time Diverse Learners teachers who are highly qualified to teach at AUSL managed Chicago Public… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Director of Professional Learning & Support

AUSL Chicago, IL

AUSL is seeing a Director of Professional Learning & Support to drive AUSLs ambitious goal of helping all students achieve college and career… Glassdoor

15 days ago

School Clerk I

AUSL Chicago, IL

Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time School Clerks I who are professional and poised in clerical work, and use sound judgment in… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Science Teacher

AUSL Chicago, IL

Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time Middle & High School Science teachers who are highly qualified to teach at AUSL managed… Glassdoor

12 days ago

Math Interventionist

AUSL Chicago, IL

Our turnaround schools are seeking experienced full-time Math Interventionists who are highly qualified to teach at AUSL managed Chicago Public… Glassdoor

13 days ago

Recruiter, Chicago Teacher Residency

AUSL Chicago, IL

• End Results: • Generating qualified applications for the Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) in your assigned territory, resulting in the program… Glassdoor

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    Mission vs. Reality

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    Former Employee - Resident and Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Resident and Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AUSL full-time


    -If you are fortunate and get placed with a decent mentor and/or administration, you will learn a lot and probably love your job.
    -You get thorough training on Doug Lemov teaching techniques (popular teaching strategies in urban schools).
    -Discounted Master's degree and a decent stipend during the residency year.


    I am someone who has worked with urban youth prior to this experience and loved it. I was quite certain that teaching was my calling. During my years with AUSL I loved my students and put in 110% in hopes that my kids would have learned and become better people in the year they have spent with me. I loved my kids and was passionate about education, but have decided to leave. Here are my reasons:

    -AUSL is growing faster than they can handle. The schools they have supposedly "turned around" with an exorbitant amount of additional funds usually revert back to pre-turnaround condition by the third year. They take effective teachers and administration from "successful" schools and have them sent to schools that have been newly added to the network. Four out of five times, this teacher/admin drain have disastrous effects on the school the following year. A school that might have been calm, in less than one year's time, can become one where fights spontaneously break out multiple times a day from 8th grade down to K.

    -If you are a critical thinker, this place is not for you. For most principals, their idea of an ideal teacher is a yes man/woman with great classroom management. They are even OK with teachers using mild corporal as long as they follow the principal in all decisions and can manage a class. My friends in the network and I have been accused of being insubordinate, "uncoachable," negative, etc, for simply voicing the "wrong" opinion. If that happens often enough, they will find a way to get rid of you regardless of your skill in teaching or dedication to the kids. In the end, the principals are in charge of the teacher reviews, and let's just say those things are pretty subjective.

    -Test scores trump all in AUSL. You will be asked to do reading passages with multiple choice questions even if over half of your kids cannot read. You will be asked to fill out an analysis sheets on your "data" of mostly random guesses. You will be asked to focus on the students in the third quartile to get the most "bang for your buck" on test score gains. You may be asked to ignore the "lowest" students because they are so far from grade level.

    -Students with special needs are not getting what they need in most AUSL schools. The paraprofessionals that have been hired with money that was specifically allotted for these students are often not in the special ed classroom or assisting students with needs. Often they are used as an extra support for behavior in the hallways, a sub, or recess and lunch staff. Basically, most AUSL schools are in gross violation of laws made to protect students with special needs.

    AUSL has its priorities in the wrong places. They care more about their image than the growth and well being of their students and staff. I used to love teaching, but I am now on a indefinite hiatus due to my traumatic experience with AUSL. I leave AUSL unsatisfied, disillusioned, and in debt. Please let this serve as a cautionary tale for passionate individuals hoping to work for AUSL. If you want to keep teaching and love what you do, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop growing. Fix the schools you have. If you really want to know how a school is doing, do NOT have the principals choose the teachers who will speak during collegial visits. The voices of a random group of teachers will give you a more accurate picture of the state of the school. Donald Feinstein, I believe you are sincere about the kids and the mission of AUSL. I too believe in the mission of AUSL, but sadly, the reality is far from it.

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