Mission: AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) improves student achievement in chronically failing schools, primarily in Chicago, through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.
I worked at AUSL full-time (More than a year)
Fantastic training and professional development opportunities.
A turn and burn mindset, do it our way or leave. The climate and culture of the turnaround schools is heartbreaking. The students are expected to meet behavior expectations similar to the military or prison. Teachers are expected to show their worth with test scores. Classrooms are littered with anchor charts. You can nearly gauge a teacher's stress by the amount of anchor charts on the walls to get them through testing season. Very little heart or joy to be found in the classrooms. Most teachers leave within 2 years to teach at non-AUSL schools, where they are quickly given leadership positions (a testament to AUSL's great professional development opportunities).
I applied online. I interviewed at AUSL (Chicago, IL).
I taught a demo lesson and spoke to two people about my experience and ideas about teaching. They also had me role play a behavior management situation. I also worked with a group of other candidates to discuss a debatable topic in education. This part was a bit awkward. It was a good experience! I accepted the offer.
"Teaching is the hardest thing you will ever love.” Read more about resident Allison Kerr's experiences as a new teacher in the most recent resident blog post: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1HF
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