He was an associate provost at the University of Chicago overseeing prekindergarten-12th grade education initiatives, the chief education officer for Acero Schools, deputy superintendent of instruction for North Chicago Unit District 187, and held leadership positions at the Academy for Urban School Leadership
. Pollack also taught in traditional and nontraditional settings for 10 years.
Leaving CPS nearly a decade ago, Lopez became a professor of education at National Louis and studied Duncan's school turnaround program and the Academy for Urban School Leadership
, among other reform efforts within CPS.
These initiatives are Reconstitution (seven high schools), School Closure and Restart (six elementary schools and two high schools), placement into the School Turnaround Specialist Program (STSP) model (four elementary schools), placement into the Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL) model (ten elementary schools and two high schools), and placement into the CPS Office of School Improvement (OSI) model (two elementary schools and three high schools).
The Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL) is an urban teacher residency (UTR) that connects a large urban school district, Chicago Public Schools, with a private corporation (AUSL) and a university, National University, in a unique public-private partnership.
The Boston Teacher Residency, the Boettcher Teacher Program in Denver, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL) in Chicago are trailblazers for teacher residency programs.
Using a very specific turnaround model, my organization, the Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL), has had success in transforming some of Chicago's poorest-performing schools.
Many of those early Chicago turnarounds are still district-run; however, the force behind several other successes, including Dodge's renaissance, is Academy for Urban School Leadership
Citing as examples the Boston Teacher Residency program and Chicago's Academy for Urban School Leadership
, Kathleen Fulton, director of Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, an initiative of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, compares the arrangement to a medical residency.
This report examines two UTR programs, the Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL) in Chicago and the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR).
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $10.3 million to the Chicago Public Schools' Academy for Urban School Leadership
(AUSL) (see Innovator, May 23, 2005), which manages the district's "turnaround" schools as well as a teaching academy geared to the specific needs of the city's schools and teachers.
The board also handles its purchasing and other financial transactions, but it is governed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership
under contract with the board.
Shana Hayes is currently the Managing Director for AUSL in Chicago, The Academy for Urban School Leadership
, where she has worked since 2011.