Upcoming Events

Community of Practice

July 27, 2022

2:00pm ET

In this GRAD Partnership event, we establish our Community of Practice (COP) for all of those who are implementing, improving, and innovating on-track and early warning systems in K-12 schools and districts. This COP is meant to be a forum for sharing practical evidence-based practices and research and learning from our common dilemmas to make on-track work a normal part of schooling.

Join the Community of Practice discussion to learn and shape what comes next – for our work and our Community.

Speakers: TBD

GRAD Partner Hosts: Bob Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and Kelly McMahon, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Past Events

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

The GRAD Partnership