Upcoming Events

Community of Practice (COP): The Role of Educator Mindsets in Student Success Systems

Feb. 15, 2023

2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Camille Farrington, Managing Director and Senior Research Associate, at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, is a national expert on developing academic mindsets and the measurement of psychosocial factors in academic settings.

Join us to hear more about Camille Farrington’s research and advice for working with educators drawing on the science of learning and development in K-12 settings.


Learning From and With CT Rise

Mar. 15, 2023
2:00 – 3:00pm ET

Centering Educators’ Experiences and Learning from their Stories

Apr. 12, 2022
2:00 – 3:00pm ET

Past Events

COP: Actionable Data: OneGoal’s Postsecondary Leadership Network
Jan. 11, 2023

OneGoal has a motto, “Many paths. One goal: Graduation. Period.” OneGoal works to close the degree divide.

In this session, we learned more about OneGoal’s work with Postsecondary Leadership Network. John Boumgarden, Postsecondary Leadership Coach, and Andy Schmitz, Managing Director of Secondary Partnerships at OneGoal, shared some of the innovative ways that they are using data and evidence to broaden access to postsecondary pathways.

Resources from COP:

~ Jamboard
~ Postsecondary Data & Root Cause Analysis

COP: GRAD Partnership Definition of High Quality Student Success Systems
Dec. 14, 2022

What kinds of indicators and early warning systems do we need today to help us restore, revitalize and deliver on the promise of public education?

In this session, Robert Balfanz, Research Professor at the Center for the Social Organization of Schools and Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Everyone Graduates Center, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, Executive Director of Rural Schools Collaborative, and Susan Schroth, Interim Program Director Shasta College, shared the GRAD Partnership’s definition of Student Success Systems that will be instrumental in making sure schools meet today’s needs while empowering educators and helping students seize success in school and beyond.

COP: How a City Learned to Graduate More Students: Looking at the Case of Chicago Public Schools
Nov. 30, 2022

In 1987, Secretary of Education William Bennet called Chicago public schools the worst in the nation due to dismal graduation rates. Over the next twenty years, the city used research and evidence to transform and change student outcomes.

In this session, Janice Jackson, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and current CEO of Hope Chicago, and Tony Bryk, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and founder of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, will share the lessons from Chicago’s on-track journey.

COP: Integrating the measurement and monitoring of students’ perspectives in on-track work
Oct. 26, 2022

We need research innovations that offer practical solutions, especially today when we know we need to pay attention to students’ experiences and avoid creating extra work for teachers.

The Project for Education that Scales (PERTS) has been working to create evidence-based measures that center students’ classroom experiences in order to catalyze engagement and learning – while being easy for educators to use such measures. During the session we heard from Sarah Gripsolver, Director of Research at PERTS.


The Power of Small Wins

By Teresa M. Amabile & Steven J. Kramer, Harvard Business Review

Measure Learning Environments, Not Just Students, to Support Learning and Development

By David Paunesku & Camille A. Farrington

Teaching Adolescents To Become Learners

The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

Increasing Equity in College Student Experience: Findings from a National Collaborative

Student Experience Project

COP: Fostering Systemic Resiliency for Students, Staff, and Schools
Sept. 21, 2022

During the 75-minute community meeting we heard from Megan Reder-Schopp, Director of Research, and Dr. Anu Sharma, Senior Research Scientist, for the BARR Center on how student success systems provide schools with a shared lens, belief system, and vocabulary to prioritize relationships and use of data to empower all individuals within the system and help cultivate a positive school climate, which provides the environment for all children and adults to develop resilience.


Building Assets and Reducing Risks (BARR) I3 Scale-Up Evaluation
Studies and Reports

BARR Center

COP: Seeing & Understanding Students with Data
Aug. 31, 2022

The focus of this session was understanding the importance of not looking just at one data point to evaluate students, but being able to see a 360-degree view of students by looking at a variety of data points.

During the 75-minute community meeting we heard from Elizabeth Kirby, Superintendent Cleveland Height-University Heights City School District, on how they use data to understand student experiences, which includes broadening our understanding of data and the value of drawing from multiple sources.


Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
Network for College Success


The 8 Steps for Leading Change


Freshman On-Track Toolkit

Network for College Success

COP: School Connectedness & Student Success
July 27, 2022

This meeting of the Community of Practice was focused on  school connectedness and student success.

We heard from Bob Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center and research professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education, who shared research on the effects of the pandemic on school connectedness, and invited attendees to engage with others to surface expertise, strategies, and best practices.


School Connectedness

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC Report

School Responses to COVID

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Who Created Maslow’s Iconic Pyramid?

Scientific American

The Importance of Strong Relationships

The Education Trust and MDRC

Secondary Student Attendance Survey

Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS)

Change Idea: Create Pro-Social Activities

Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins School of Education

Change Idea: Build a Sense of Belonging and Engagement

Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins School of Education

Change Idea: 1 to 1 Relationships

Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins School of Education

National Partnership for Student Success


Design for Belonging

Susie Wise

COVID Relief Playbook


What Teachers Say Is the Biggest Barrier to Learning Recovery

Education Week

COP: Centering Students in Student Success Systems
June 22, 2022

This meeting of the Community of Practice was focused on centering students. We heard from educators who have been using student input to improve on-track systems in schools. As we seek to transform or re-imagine how we build the classrooms and schools students need, drawing on student data is one way to tap into students’ brilliance, cultural wealth, and intellectual potential to inform what becomes our new normal.

Speakers included Sarah Howard, Senior Director of the Partner Network at The Network for College Success at the University of Chicago, and Gina Pascual, Senior Improvement Coach for CORE Districts.


More high schoolers are off track to graduate. Here’s how schools can help.


Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC Report

Graduation rates dip across U.S. as pandemic stalls progress


Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

UChicago Consortium on School Research

Network for College Success Equity Stance

Network for College Success

The Developmental Relationships Framework

Search Institute

Elevate: a data-driven professional learning program that elevates student voice


GRAD Partnership Launch
May 17, 2022

Panelists Carla Gay, Executive Director, Innovation and Partnership, Gresham-Barlow School District, Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth Kirby, Superintendent, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, University Heights, Ohio, and Robert BalfanzDirector, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins School of Education hosted an enriching discussion about the successful use of student success systems to help students graduate ready for their next steps.

Resources Shared

EWS 2.0 Resources

Pathways to Adult Success

Boston Public Schools Report

Report finds high GPA, MassCore curriculum, and attendance are predictors of success after graduation.

School Connectedness and Mental Health

Centers fro Disease Control and Prevention

Measure Learning Environments, Not Just Students, to Support Learning and Development

by David Paunesku & Camille A. Farrington

5 Essentials

UChicago Impact

ESSER Guidance for School Staffing, Spending, and Scheduling

Education Resource Strategies