The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) selects mid-career professionals and recent college graduates to participate in a national model for urban teacher preparation. AUSL partners with National-Louis University (NLU) to deliver a redesigned Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a curriculum in which practice and theory are woven, thereby providing a powerful integration between the 10-month Teaching Residency and the 12 months of graduate level coursework. NLU professors deliver a unique curriculum that directly addresses the needs of urban school children. When AUSL was founded seven years ago, it was the first teacher training academy in the nation to partner directly with a school district to recruit, train, and place certified, highly-qualified and well-educated teachers. Today, AUSL is supported through a unique public-private partnership and serves as a model program for teacher training throughout the United States. It was the first Urban Teacher Residency Program (UTR). UTRs in Boston and Denver followed the AUSL model. As the NLU liaison to AUSL I have first-hand knowledge and complete access to all constituents. At this time I am compiling our stories into a book to celebrate and share the success of the program, now in its seventh year. I am examining the inner workings of the NLU/AUSL program through the candid stories of the many constituents. This method of qualitative written reflection is evoking provocative narrative. Such phenomenological, qualitative inquiry produces a high level of knowledge based on the lived experiences of those providing the rich narratives. The written reflection of the varied constituents involved provides an array of theoretical, practical, and organizational perspectives to gain understanding of the complicated nature of this unique triangulated partnership. The unfettered narratives of those involved relay a wide variety of viewpoints which compose the distinct pieces to the puzzle.
|Keywords:||Urban Education, Teacher Training, Underserved Schools, Children in Poverty, Culturally Relevant Curriculum|
Associate Professor and Service-Learning Team Leader, Middle Level Program, Academy for Urban School Leadership Liaison, National-Louis University, Lincolnshire, IL, USA
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