Tch of the Week: Marquette’s Jesus Duran

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Have you ever visited a room and felt a special energy that made you want to stay all day?

Anyone who enters Jesus Duran’s first grade bilingual room at Marquette School of Excellence will feel that energy.

Jesus maximizes every moment with his students through his strong organization, explicit directions and tight transitions. His quiet, calm, but energetic presence creates a family environment that is safe for students to take risks and try new things.

His career has impacted students all over the world, working in Mexico as a teacher and principal, Cicero as a bilingual coach and now here at Marquette. Read more

Learn + Earn: Two AUSL Fishman Prize Winners Advocate and Celebrate

What would you do with $25,000?

As a hard working AUSL teacher, you deserve to reward yourself for all that you do for your students and school on a daily basis. One way to do this is to apply for the TNTP Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. This summer fellowship provides an opportunity to elevate your teaching practice by providing you with a platform to share your voice. Read more

Anytime Anywhere Debriefs: Using TchAUSL to save time and get things done

One of the greatest strengths of the Chicago Teacher Residency Program is the knowledge our mentor teachers share with their resident teachers. One of the greatest challenges? Not enough time!

A teacher’s to-do list is never-ending. Our mentors carry the entire workload of a teacher with the added responsibilities of mentoring two resident teachers. We are always looking for ways to maximize the time mentors and residents have together to expedite teacher development.

If only we could extend the day by a few extra hours and our residents could continue their rich conversations late into the night, possibly while relaxing on their couch at home. Many resident teachers state that they wish they had more time to receive feedback from their mentors on their teaching, watch their mentors teach, and ask questions about what they see. Thankfully this is possible with TchAUSL! Read more