The To&Through Project’s mission is to close the aspiration-attainment gap with research, data, and resources designed to give every student who aspires to earn a college degree the opportunity and support to do so.

Chicago—with the right research, data, and resources—has moved thousands more students to and through high school and college. As a nation, we can move millions.

Arne Duncan
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective; Former U.S. Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools

In Chicago and across the country, the vast majority of high school students aspire to earn a post-secondary degree or credential, yet less than one in three succeed. Helping more students make it to and through high school and college is critical, not only because it will result in more students realizing their college aspirations, but also because research tells us that earning a post-secondary degree or credential is linked to higher earnings.

Our Mission

In collaboration with educators, policymakers, and communities, the To&Through Project aims to significantly increase high school and post-secondary completion for under-resourced students of color in Chicago and around the country by providing education stakeholders with research-based data on students’ educational experiences and facilitating dialogue on its implications for adult practice.

Our Approach

Data can provide educators with powerful windows into the educational experiences of marginalized young people, but data alone cannot change their outcomes. Transforming adult systems, practices, and mindsets requires deep dialogue about how to use data to create more equitable experiences and outcomes for all students.

A Collaborative Model for Change: Data and Dialogue

Data and Dialogue

In collaboration with educators, policymakers, and communities, the To&Through Project aims to significantly increase the percentage of under-resourced students of color in Chicago and across the country who graduate from high school and earn a post-secondary degree or credential.

Our Work

Data

We conduct research and publish data on what matters for the attainment of Chicago Public Schools students (in collaboration with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research).

We design data tools and resources for education stakeholders that make data meaningful and actionable, including the publicly available To&Through Online Tool.

Dialogue

We convene leaders for Data Collaboratives and convenings to foster conversation about what matters most for students' high school and post-secondary success.

We facilitate a network of middle grades educators committed to building more equitable and supportive educational environments that promote the success of middle grades students in high school and beyond.

 

Our Team

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Jennifer Ciok
Middle Grades Network Coach of the To&Through Middle Grades Network,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
Ashley Leonard
Ashley Leonard
Associate Director of the To&Through Middle Grades Network,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
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Shelby Mahaffie
Research Analyst II,
UChicago Consortium on School Research
Thomas Massion
Research Analyst,
UChicago Consortium on School Research
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Dominique McKoy
Associate Director of the To&Through Project,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
May Malone
May Malone
Senior Public Engagement Strategist,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
Roy McKenzie
Research Assistant, The To&Through Project
UChicago Consortium Jenny Nagaoka
Jenny Nagaoka
Deputy Director, UChicago Consortium on School Research; Senior Advisor to the To&Through Project,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
Alex Seeskin
Alex Seeskin
Director, The To&Through Project; Chief Strategy Officer,
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
Paulina Torres-Orejuela
Research Analyst,
UChicago Consortium on School Research
Alexandra Usher
Associate Director for Data Research, The To&Through Project; Senior Research Analyst,
UChicago Consortium on School Research
Mercedes Wentworth-Nice
Research Assistant, The To&Through Project

Our Supporters

The To&Through Project is made possible by the collaboration of many school leaders and community partners throughout Chicago as well as the generous financial support of organizations and individuals. We would like to thank all who have been and continue to be part of our work, and recognize all of our supporters that have contributed $30K or more to fund The To&Through Project as well as the members of the To&Through Project’s Advisory Group for their guidance and support.

Crankstart Foundation
The Crown Family Foundation
Finnegan Family Foundation
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
McDougal Family Foundation
Neubauer Family Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation

Our Partners

Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools’ mission is to provide a high quality public education for every child, in every neighborhood, that prepares each for success in college, career, and civic life. The To&Through Project works with schools and departments across Chicago Public Schools.

Network for College Success

The UChicago Network for College Success (NCS) works to cultivate postsecondary readiness and success for all students by translating research into practice and supporting high school leaders to organize their schools for improvement and innovation. The To&Through Project works with NCS and its partner schools to inform upcoming research and data, and to co-construct projects on data-use and communication of practice.

Philadelphia Academies Inc.

Philadelphia Academies Inc. (PAI) uses 50 plus years of programming expertise and best practices to support career-connected learning in partner schools across Philadelphia. The To&Through Project partners with PAI in their work to support the 9th Grade Success Network in Philadelphia, a group of schools collaborating on improving support for 9th grade students. 

Revolution Impact

Revolution Impact (RI) advises social sector and educational organizations and leaders to solve growth strategy, data, operational, and organizational challenges. We work closely with RI to build data tools and provide professional learning to improve student attainment in the School District of Philadelphia.

School District of Philadelphia

The School District of Philadelphia seeks to deliver on the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public school education and ensure all children graduate from high school ready to succeed, fully engaged as a citizen of our world. The To&Through Project works with the School District of Philadelphia to build data tools and deliver professional learning that support high schools across the district in their efforts to improve freshmen success.

UChicago Consortium on School Research

The UChicago Consortium on School Research conducts research of high technical quality that can inform and assess policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The To&Through Project partners with the UChicago Consortium to conduct research and publish data on the educational attainment of CPS students, and to produce materials designed to spotlight key insights from research and data.

 

The To&Through Advisory Group:

 

Aide Acosta
Noble Network of Charter Schools
Daniel Anello
Kids First Chicago
Sarah Berghorst
OneGoal
Chris Broughton
Bottom Line Chicago
Matt Bruce
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
Jessica Canas
Enlace Chicago
Jason Cascarino
Cascarino Ventures
Duane Davis
University of Chicago
Catherine Deutsch
Braven
Aarti Dhupelia
National Louis University
Sue Farruggia
University of Illinois at Chicago
Jon Furr
Education Systems Center
Kevin Gallick
Washington High School
Veronica Herrero
City Colleges of Chicago
Amy Huang
Chicago Public Schools
Dominique Jordan-Turner
Chicago Scholars
Chris Kelly
Phoenix Pact Fund
Pranav Kothari
Revolution Impact
Gerald Morrow
Dunbar Vocational Career Academy
Kristen Perry
Chicago Public Schools
Nate Pietrini
High Jump
Paige Ponder
One Million Degrees
Tamara Prather
Surge Institute
Barrington Price
Dominican University
Stephen Raudenbush
University of Chicago
Shaz Rasul
University of Chicago
Maurice Swinney
Chicago Public Schools
Will Torres
University of Chicago Charter School
AJ Watson
Becoming a Man (B.A.M.)
Kyle Westbrook
Partnership for College Completion