The To&Through Project’s events are intended for a diverse cross-section of education leaders and partners from the K-12, higher education, nonprofit, and civic communities. Presenters and panelists come together to share new research findings as well as share ideas and strategies for helping Chicago’s under-resourced students succeed in high school and college. The To&Through Project also hosts monthly Data Collaboratives designed to elevate and promote dialogue around new and emerging work focused on applying data to youth development efforts. You can watch recordings of our previous events on YouTube.

Upcoming Events

Feb 9, 2023

Annual Update on the Educational Attainment of CPS Students

On February 9th, 2023 at Noon CST, the To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium will share their newest report on the 2021 Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Students. Researchers will provide a picture of educational attainment during the 2020-2021 school year for students of different race/ethnicity groups, students who began as English Learners, and students with disabilities. Presenters include Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of the UChicago Consortium on School Research, and Shelby Mahaffie, Research Analyst II at the To&Through Project.

Feb 21, 2023

To&Through Data Collaborative: Praxis Institute

Fausto Lopez and Joshua Prudowsky will present on the Praxis Institute's evaluation of 2022 One Summer Chicago an enrichment youth programming, where nearly 25,000 Chicago youth participated with in-person programming for the first time in two years. Their presentation will focus on Praxis Institute's efforts to democratize evaluation for nearly 100 community-based organizations, their continuous quality improvement process, and lessons learned. Fausto is the Co-Founder of the Praxis Institute and Josh serves as the Director of Program Development & Impact.

Feb 28, 2023

Building Your Data Story: To&Through Tool Workshop

The To&Through Project’s Milestone Tools provide the public with access to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) data on students’ rates of attainment for key milestones on their pathways to and through college. With lenses that allow users to explore CPS student data from the Elementary School, High School, and Community Area perspectives, these tools provide powerful resources for local educators, leaders, and community members to explore educational equity across Chicago and leverage data to strengthen efforts to improve educational experiences for the students they serve.

Mar 21, 2023

To&Through Data Collaborative: Cristo Rey Network

Stephanie Arias and Bianca Paiz will present the Cristo Rey Network's national college decision making framework and seek input on their data tracker, containing over ten thousand award letters and college decisions from across 38 high schools in 24 states. Stephanie is the Vice President of College Initiatives and Bianca is the Director of College Initiatives for the Cristo Rey Network.

Apr 18, 2023

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jenny Zuluaga CPS Alumni Support Initiative

Jenny Zuluaga will present on the CPS Alumni Support Initiative that ensures CPS graduates connect and persist in their postsecondary pathways of choice and aims to grow the CPS alumni champion community. Jenny is the Director of Alumni Persistence and Success, in the Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising (OSCPA) at Chicago Public Schools.

Past Events

Jan 31, 2023

(Update) To&Through Data Collaborative: Matt Muench - P33

Matt Muench will present on the TechChicago Equity Index, Chicagoland's first effort to understand the full picture of what it will take to make Chicago the most inclusive tech city in the country. Matt is the Chief Impact Officer at P33.

Jan 26, 2023

Data Spotlight - Cultivate: Exploring Student Mindsets Through Survey

Join us for a presentation on the Cultivate Survey with Camille Farrington, Director of the Equitable Learning & Development Group at the UChicago Consortium, and Elliot Ransom, Co-CEO of UChicago Impact, as they share a new survey being used across CPS called Cultivate. The Cultivate Survey builds on research showing that classroom learning conditions influence students’ mindsets about themselves as learners and the strategies they use to meet academic demands.

Dec 13, 2022

To&Through Data Collaborative: The To&Through Project

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

Dec 6, 2022

The Case for Making Chicago’s Selective High Schools and Colleges Less Selective

Join us for a thought-provoking look at studies on selectivity in high school and colleges 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.

Dec 1, 2022

Centering Equity in Organizational Change

Join us for an online panel discussion featuring Rito Martinez, Co-Director of the Truth, Healing, and Equity Fellowship (T.H.E. Fellowship) and Jacquelyn Lemon, CEO of NewRoot Learning Institute. 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.

Nov 15, 2022

To&Through Data Collaborative: Inclusive Economy Lab and Moneythink

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.

Nov 10, 2022

Practice Spotlight: How Meaningful Work Can Improve Middle Grades Outcomes

The To&Through Middle Grades Network (MGN) works to create educational environments where middle schools thrive. Join us to learn about how our 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.

Oct 25, 2022

Research & Tool Release: Elementary On-Track

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. The research can help elementary educators identify and support students early in their educational journeys by organizing their efforts to improve students’ outcomes.

Oct 18, 2022

To&Through Data Collaborative: City Colleges of Chicago

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.

Oct 13, 2022

Research Spotlight: College Coaching & the Transition to College

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 with Dr. Bridgette Davis. Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy.