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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

February Data Collaborative - Kids First Chicago

Jose Pacas, Chris Poulos, and Micaelan Valesky will present key data insights that supported an in-depth report series of parent-led recommendations to help stem Chicago’s Enrollment Crisis. Jose, Chris, and Micaelan are part of the Data Science and Research team at Kids First Chicago.

Exploring College Success for Black Graduates of Chicago Public Schools

On February 20th, 2024, join us for a virtual presentation and discussion focused on the success of Black college graduates in Chicago Public Schools and the opportunities to strengthen college pathways and outcomes for Black CPS graduates. Following a presentation of data and existing research by Dominique McKoy of the To&Through Project, attendees will be invited to a post-presentation discussion to reflect on the implications and collective opportunities to improve our supports for Black CPS students and alumni.

March Data Collaborative - Noble Schools Network

JY Sun (Senior Director of College Analytics & Insights), Sarah MacCallum (Senior Director of College Counseling), and Claire Goodrich (Senior Director of Data) will present on how the Noble Schools network uses their college counseling framework in practice as well as associated KPIs and data systems they utilize to track progress.

Inquiry and Action Workshop: To&Through Milestones Tool

This 90-minute in-person workshop will allow participants to explore the To&Through Milestone Tool and learn how the data can be used to inform the support efforts of Chicago Public Schools students on their paths to high school and college completion. Participants will be able to work side by side with To&Through Tool Experts to explore the Milestones Tool, learn helpful navigation strategies, and practice sharing findings that can inform their work to support CPS students.

April Data Collaborative - High Jump

Nate Pietrini & Ariana Pozos will share findings and implications from High Jump's 2023 research initiative focused on using "empathy interviews" to gain deep insights into the daily experiences of economically disadvantaged children of color attending selective enrollment high schools in Chicago.

May Data Collaborative - The People’s Music School

Natalie Butler and Marc Wilson will present on The People's Music School's use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis to deepen student impact over a long-term journey with the school.  The People's Music School is one of the nation's only and largest free music schools, partnering with CPS schools to provide high quality after-school music programming in Chicago's historically underserved communities. Natalie is their Dean of Learning & Teaching and Marc is the Chief of Strategy and Partnerships.

Past Events

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.

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

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

The Education Debt for Young Black Men of Chicago Public Schools

This panel discussion featured 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 centered on the K-12 and higher education experiences of Black male students from CPS.

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.

Introduction to the Postsecondary Attainment Index

The To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium shared the purpose behind the new Postsecondary Attainment Index and demonstrated for non-profits and school districts how to calculate their own PAI using the PAI Calculator Tool.

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.

Annual Update: The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public School Students

The To&Through Project and UChicago Consortium shared 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.

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.

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.

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.