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

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

Aug 20, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Patrick Milton

Patrick Milton presented on Chicago Public School's "LEARN. PLAN. SUCCEED. Progress Reports", which provide personalized overviews of potential college options and each student’s level of competitiveness based on available academic metrics. Patrick is the Executive Director of the Office of School Counseling & Postsecondary Advising at Chicago Public Schools.

Jul 12, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Megan Lane

Megan Lane shared analysis on current teacher retention measures and trends in CPS, along with plans for building an "on-track indicator" to predict teacher attrition to inform recruiting and school match. Megan is a Strategic Data Project Fellow at Chicago Public Schools.

Jun 25, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jon Furr and Charlie Rosemond

Jon Furr and Charlie Rosemond presented the initial public version of the Illinois Postsecondary Profiles, a new online resource for information and data describing higher education institutions across Illinois.  Jon is the Executive Director of Education Systems Center and Charlie is the Data and Outcomes Manager. 

May 28, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Quinton Keith

Quinton Keith presented the Network for College Success’ Tableau data portal for the organization’s 17 CPS partner schools. Que is the Director of Data and Continuous Improvement for NCS.

Apr 30, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Monica Bhatt

Monica Bhatt presented the methodology CPS and the Urban Ed Lab recently used to set realistic, data-driven goals across the district, networks, and schools, employing an equity-focused approach to improvement. Monica is the Research Director with the Crime and Ed Labs. 

Mar 19, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Steven Shewfelt and Emily Cibelli

Steven Shewfelt and Emily Cibelli presented new developments to Ingenuity’s artlook platform. Steve is the Director of Research and Data, Tom is the Manager of Data Strategy and Products, and Emily is a Senior Data Analyst. 

Feb 26, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Matt Niksch

Matt Niksch presented Noble Charter School’s data systems for college access and success, including the use of Python, Jupyter Notebooks, Google Docs, Github, AWS, and JIRA. Matt is the Chief College Officer at Noble Charter School. See Matt's blog.

Jan 22, 2019

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jeff Broom and Bridget Lee

Jeff Broom and Bridget Lee presented a working draft of Chicago Public Schools’ new School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). Jeff is the Director of School Quality Measurement and Research and Bridgette is the Manager of Performance Policy for CPS. 

Dec 12, 2018

To&Through Data Collaborative: Blenda Chiu

Blenda Chiu presented Bottom Line Chicago’s use of financial aid data to improve student supports. Blenda is the Director of Programs for Bottom Line Chicago.

Oct 16, 2017

2018 To&Through Convening

The To&Through Project's 2018 Convening brought together more than 220 K-12 and higher education, nonprofit, and civic leaders for a rich series of discussions centered on research and data on what fosters students' high school and post-secondary attainment and featured a keynote address from former U.S. Secretary of Education and Education Trust President and CEO, John B. King, Jr.