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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

To&Through Data Collaborative: 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.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Western Illinois University

Justin Schuch will present on Western Illinois University's use of student data to inform their student support and retention strategies via their Connections Mapping Program. The approach brings together multiple data sets from throughout the institution focused on decisions students make during the early part of the semester. Justin is the Executive Director of Retention Initiatives at Western Illinois University.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Chicago Scholars

Derrick Fleming and Alberto Morales will present how Chicago Scholars is working to improve male scholars' college graduation rates by building on their college access, success, and leadership development model and leveraging the expertise of other youth mentoring nonprofits. Derrick is the Managing Director of Strategic Engagement for Chicago Scholars and Alberto is the Founder of Morales Consulting.

Past Events

To&Through Data Collaborative: Barrington Price

Barrington Price will present on Dominican University's use of student & faculty survey data informing their first-year student retention strategy. Barrington is the Vice President for Student Success and Engagement at Dominican University

To&Through Data Collaborative: Poverty Lab and To&Through Project

The University of Chicago's Poverty Lab and the To&Through Team will host a community discussion about using data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to understand students’ postsecondary trajectories and outcomes. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to share how each other are navigating decision rules, data quality, and limitations of this data.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Alex Seeskin, Alex Usher & Shelby Mahaffie

Alex Seeskin, Alex Usher and Shelby Mahaffie will present work on the development of a Sophomore OnTrack indicator. Alex S. is the Director of the To&Through Project (T&TP), Alex U. is the Associate Director of Data & Research at T&TP, and Shelby Mahaffie is a Research Analyst at T&TP.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Jen Wenner

Jen Wenner presented High Jump’s research-based system for using focus groups as tools for problem identification, progress monitoring and summative evaluation. Jen is the Director of Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement at High Jump.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Dom McKoy and Alex Usher

Dom McKoy and Alex Usher presented an early look at a new version of the To&Through Community Areas Tool that tracks CPS high school and college attainment by Chicago neighborhoods. 

To&Through Data Collaborative: Kirat Doshi

Kirat Doshi presented on work around the "My Options" tool, a project to provide OneGoal Fellows with real-time feedback around the development of their college lists. Kirat Doshi is the Managing Director of Analytics at OneGoal.

To&Through Data Collaborative: Nate Flint

Nate Flint presented National Louis University's undergraduate coaching/advising/career milestones, and the data dashboard used to manage them. Nate is the Manager of Undergraduate Analytics at National Louis University. 

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.

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.

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.