The To&Through Project’s convenings bring together and break down silos among a diverse cross-section of education leaders and partners from the K-12, higher education, nonprofit, and civic communities. Participants come together to learn, share ideas, and strategize about how to help Chicago’s most at-risk 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.

Upcoming Events

Apr 20, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: MAPSCorps

Nia Abdullah and Jessie Gotsdiner will present MAPSCorps’s community asset data collected by high school and college students across Chicago. Nia is the Executive Director of MAPSCorps (Meaningful, Active, Productive, Science in Service to Communities) and Jessie is the Director of Operations.

Apr 27, 2021

2020 College Enrollment & Retention of CPS Graduates During the Pandemic

On April 27 at 12:00 PM (CST), the To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium will share findings from a new report examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates’ immediate college enrollment and retention rates during the fall of 2020.

Apr 28, 2021

Supporting College Enrollment & Retention During the Pandemic

On April 28 at 1:00 PM (CST), join the To&Through Project and the Partnership for College Completion for a deeper look at the practices and policies that led some higher education institutions to see increases in 2020 enrollment and/or retention for CPS graduates. The panel will include leaders from Northern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.

May 18, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: City Colleges of Chicago

Declan McDonnell will present data on efforts to incentivize enrollment at City Colleges of Chicago. Declan is a Data Strategist at the City Colleges of Chicago.

May 19, 2021

Understanding Chicago Public Schools Graduates' College Pathways

On May 12 at 12:00 PM (CST), the To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium will share findings from a new report on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates’ pathways through college. 

May 20, 2021

Student Perspectives on Supporting Their College Pathways

CPS students experience thousands of different college pathways. What are their perspectives on the supports needed to make it to and through? Join us on May 20 at 12:00 PM (CST) for a discussion with CPS graduates about their experiences with college transfers and leaves.

May 26, 2021

To&Through Middle Grades Network Practice Spotlight: Leveraging Student Voice

At this To&Through Middle Grades Network (MGN) Practice Spotlight, leaders from Florence Nightingale Elementary School will present their process for creating a Student Voice Committee to improve students’ sense of belonging.

Jun 22, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: Chicago State University

Dr. Jane Stout will present on data-informed efforts to better understand successful student pathways at Chicago State University. Dr. Stout is the Assistant Director of Data Analytics at Chicago State University.

Past Events

Mar 23, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jazmin Fermin

Jazmin Fermin will share features of the user-centered data dashboard designed for the Network for College Success partner schools. Additionally, she will cover the value of telling stories with data and the importance of building systems/tools with the end-user in mind. Jazmin is the Data Strategist at the Network for College Success.

Mar 16, 2021

To&Through Research Spotlight: Linking SEL to Long-Term Success

John Q. Easton and Shanette Porter will join us to share emerging research on the relationship between social emotional development, long-term outcomes, and the impact of schools.

Mar 2, 2021

The Education Debt for Young Black Men of Chicago Public Schools

Join us for an online panel discussion featuring Dr. Maurice Swinney, Chief Equity Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS); Dr. Shawn Jackson, President of Truman College; and Dr. Kyle Westbrook, Executive Director of the Partnership for College Completion. The panel discussion will center on the K-12 and higher education experiences of Black male students from CPS.

Feb 23, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: To&Through Project Team

Alex Usher and Shelby Mahaffie will share an early look at the To&Through Project’s thinking about National Student Clearinghouse data on 2020 college enrollment. Alex Usher is the Associate Director of Data and Research and Shelby Mahaffie is a Research Analyst II for the To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium.

Feb 9, 2021

Introduction to the Postsecondary Attainment Index

The To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium will share the purpose behind the new Postsecondary Attainment Index and demonstrate for non-profits and school districts how to calculate their own PAI.

Jan 26, 2021

To&Through Data Spotlight: Emily Oster on National COVID-19 School Response

Professor Emily Oster will join us to share the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard that tracks COVID-19 rates in schools across the country. She will also demonstrate Stats iQ, a new statistical analysis tool tied to the dashboard.

Jan 19, 2021

Annual Update: The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public School Students

The To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium will share the newest report on the Educational Attainment of Chicago Public School Students along with new updates to the To&Through Online Tool. For the first time, the report and the Tool include outcomes from 2-year colleges and a new Postsecondary Attainment Index.

Jan 12, 2021

To&Through Data Collaborative: Moon Lee

Moon Lee will share the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ new Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) data system developed specifically for remote learning. Moon is the Chief Data and Innovation Officer at the Noble Network of Charter Schools.

Dec 15, 2020

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jessica Cañas & Michael Johnson

Jessica Cañas and Michael Johnson will present on emerging community-based research efforts in Little Village and Englewood. Jessica is the Postsecondary Manager for Enlace Chicago, and Michael is the EQLP Project Manager for Teamwork Englewood.

Nov 17, 2020

To&Through Data Collaborative: Cason Brunt

Cason Brunt will share a curriculum overview, metrics, and outcomes associated with the Empowered Leader Experience, a brand new high-impact leadership development experience offered to college-aged Chicago Scholars. Cason Brunt is the Director of College Success and Postsecondary Leadership Development at Chicago Scholars.