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The To&Through Project is excited to offer a series of virtual opportunities this fall to learn about our latest research and new data tool—which provide a new lens for examining Elementary On-Track—as well as salient education research and practice in and outside of Chicago. We hope to see you soon!

Chicago has seen amazing increases in our high school graduation rates through ninth-grade success systems. How did this happen? What can we leverage from that work in districts nationally? Join this conversation to hear how we can spread and scale education innovations in Chicago across the country. RSVP for this panel discussion.

How are the potholes on the road to and through college changed for Chicago students who receive college coaching support? What might be some of the unintended consequences and/or possibilities of college coaching for larger structural change in equitable college access and success?

Join us as we update our understanding of the issues impacting recent CPS graduates’ post-secondary outcomes on Thursday, October 13 at 2 PM (CST) with Dr. Bridgette Davis, Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy. She will discuss the findings and implications of her soon-to-be-published research that followed 31 Chicago graduates enrolled in college success coaching programs during their transition from high school to college.

This Research Spotlight is hosted by the UChicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and the To&Through Project. RSVP for this research spotlight.

What are the long-term impacts of being on-track in elementary school? Join us for the release of our forthcoming research with the UChicago Consortium and an accompanying, publicly accessible data tool on Tuesday, October 25 at 12 PM (CST).

The research can help elementary educators identify and support students early in their educational journeys by organizing their efforts to improve students’ outcomes. The new data tool also shows the high school graduation and college enrollment outcomes of former students from each CPS elementary and middle school. RSVP for this research release webinar.

The To&Through Middle Grades Network (MGN) works to create educational environments where middle schools thrive by increasing the number of students with attendance at or above 90% and GPAs at or above 3.0 through a meaningful increase in students' sense of belonging. Join us on November 10 at 2:00 PM (CST) to learn how educators at MGN partner schools Brighton Park Elementary and Columbia Explorers Academy used a focus on meaningful work to create learning conditions that better meet the needs of their students.

Presenters will also highlight how this work connects to research around the need for curricular relevancy in the middle grades and the recently released Elementary On-Track research report from the UChicago Consortium and the To&Through Project. RSVP for this practice spotlight.

Join us for an online panel discussion featuring Jackie Lemon, Executive Director of NewRoot and Rito Martinez, Co-Director of the Truth, Healing, and Equity Fellowship (T.H.E. Fellowship). The panel discussion will focus on approaches to beginning and sustaining equity-centered change efforts in organizations that aim to better serve young people of color.

Through collaborative dialogue, these experts will explore their own journeys in leading for equity across their careers in education and other youth-serving fields, discuss common detours and challenges they have experienced in working to deconstruct white supremacy, and shed light on current opportunities and barriers facing leaders working towards sustainable change. RSVP for this panel discussion.

Join us for a thought-provoking look at studies on selectivity in high school and colleges on Tuesday, December 6 at 12 PM (CST) with University of Chicago To&Through Project Director Alex Seeskin. He will dive deep into existing research and discuss implications for school districts and higher education institutions. RSVP for this presentation.

Data Collaboratives

The To&Through Data Collaborative is a space for the presentation and discussion of new work in education data in Chicago. The group meets to hear about a new body of work and give feedback on a problem of practice or project.

Leaders from City Colleges of Chicago will present on the implementation of a population health management strategy to create a predictive analytics algorithm. This algorithm has led to intentional, proactive, and integrative retention student support practices across the City Colleges of Chicago district. Presenters include Dr. Stephanie Krah, Dr. Megan Bernard, Declan McDonell, Manny Green, and Tobias Bengelsdorf. RSVP for this Data Collaborative.

Dr. Chimare Eaglin, Portfolio Manager at the UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab, and Hannah Smith, Director of Education Partnerships at Moneythink, will present on how they are supporting financial literacy and knowledge of college affordability best practices for interns participating in the Milgrom Social Justice Fellowship. RSVP for this Data Collaborative.

The To&Through Project​ team will present on the expanded use of qualitative data and their efforts to develop qualitative resources, such as case studies, to inform Chicago practitioners' understanding of college access and success for CPS students. RSVP for this Data Collaborative.

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