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Data Points: 10 High Schools and Communities Increasing College Access

As we enter a new school year, the To&Through Project team wanted to shine light on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools and communities greatly increasing college access for their CPS graduates, as demonstrated by the data on our To&Through Milestones Tool. Stay tuned for future lists focused on high school graduation and college completion.

Read the full Data Points article on Medium and don't hesitate to shout out folks you know who are contributing to these successes and others across the district.The high schools listed include Amundsen, Juarez, Kennedy, Senn, and Taft, and the community areas listed include Brighton Park, Hermosa, Lower West Side, South Lawndale, and West Town.


To&Through Middle Grades Network Schools Convene for Three-Day Summer Institute

The To&Through Middle Grades Network (MGN) convened school leaders, teachers, and counselors across the network's two cohorts for our annual Summer Institute at the beginning of August. In addition to building community among MGN educators, the institute launched their planning for the upcoming academic year.

Using the To&Through Project's forthcoming Grades Monitoring Tool, school teams explored their own and others' data to understand which students might be in need of the most support. School teams then reviewed data on students' experiences that they collected this past spring and developed problems of practice around which they will center their change ideas this fall.

Educators also heard from keynote speakers Chris BalmeErica Hodgin, and Camille Farrington, who shared various ways to center students in the work. To take this focus on student voice to the next level, schools in our second cohort will participate in the new MGN Student Fellowship. The fellowship harnesses the voices and leadership of students from each MGN school to inform their school and the network's overall efforts around improving students' sense of belonging and co-designing middle school environments where they and their peers can thrive. We are excited to further elevate students in this way and look forward to the distinct impact it will have on the change ideas that school teams test during their MGN journey.

New To&Through Team Members


Naomi Wilfred is joining our team this September as a To&Through Middle Grades Network Coach. During her recent tenure with CPS, Wilfred gained experience teaching and creating curricula for almost every elementary grade level and in all subject areas. As a teacher, her classroom was a space dedicated to antiracism and the learning of our history. Wilfred also served on schools' culture and climate teams, Instructional Leadership Teams, and most recently, as an education consultant. A graduate of the Surge Fellowship and Abolition Design Lab, Wilfred will continue this work to foster healing, identity-centered, and joyful learning experiences through the MGN.

Suleyman Rahameto is our newest Research Analyst. Suleyman studied economics, statistics, and data science at St. Olaf College and graduated this past spring. Born and raised on Chicago's North Side, Suleyman is passionate about giving back to the many communities that raised him and fellow CPS students throughout the years, particularly Chicago’s communities of color, of immigrants, and of refugees.

Upcoming Events

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.

On Tuesday, September 20 at 2 PM (CST), Dr. Janice K. Jackson and Michele Howard will present and seek feedback on Hope Chicago's two-generation, debt-free college scholarship and support program for Chicago Public Schools students. Register for this Data Collaborative.

On Tuesday, October 18 at 2 PM (CST), leaders from City Colleges of Chicago will present on the implementation of 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. Register for this Data Collaborative.

On Tuesday, November 15 at 2 PM (CST), 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. Register for this Data Collaborative.

What We're Reading & Listening To
Coming Soon

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay updated on our research and resource releases. This fall, we are releasing...

  • the To&Through Elementary Milestones Tool,
  • an accompanying research brief on elementary on-track indicators, and
  • a student story series elevating CPS graduates' lived experiences in college during the pandemic and their pushes for the system.
Stay tuned!

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