Freshman Success Research, Data, and Practice: Lessons from Chicago
Join the UChicago Network for College Success and Schoolzilla on Monday, September 23rd at 11am Pacific Time for a webinar on the fundamental lessons from research, data, and practice in the Chicago Public Schools that has fueled a 30 percentage point increase in freshman on-track rates over the course of a decade.
The webinar will cover:
- Research that establishes the relationships between freshman course performance, high school graduation, and college readiness
- How the nature of the on-track indicator is an example of a high-quality early warning indicator for high school practice
- An approach for establishing freshman success teams in high schools as a means of driving collective accountability towards improved freshman course performance
About Our Guest Speakers
Eliza Moeller is the Director of Research and Continuous Improvement with the Network for College Success as well as a Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium. In an ongoing effort to make research live in schools, Eliza works with NCS data strategists and Consortium researchers to bridge the gap between research and practice by creating individual school reports on important research-based indicators, like freshman On-Track and college match; supporting school leaders’ and practitioners’ professional learning; and helping people at all levels of the school system learn how to incorporate data-driven decision making into their practice.
Prior to her work at NCS, Eliza directed qualitative analysis for the Consortium’s postsecondary studies. Eliza is an author on several Consortium research reports, including Potholes on the Road to College. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
LaKisha Pittman is the Impact Manager with the Network for College Success. As a veteran educator and teacher leader with sixteen years of urban teaching and leadership experience, LaKisha uses her expertise to coach, consult and support school administrators and teacher teams to improve learning for all students. Prior to joining NCS, LaKisha served as a 9-12 Senior Literacy Manager for Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Teaching and Learning. She provided research-based instructional expertise and support to schools to facilitate and track progress on curriculum and assessment development. LaKisha also served as a high school English and Reading teacher, Instructional Coach, and an Associate Lead of Professional Development and Content Team Lead.
Prior to relocating to Chicago, LaKisha taught both high school and middle school in Michigan and Mississippi. She is a highly motivated, dynamic and dedicated teacher leader.
About the Network for College Success
The Network for College Success envisions the transformation of public high schools in the United States to communities of powerful learning for students and educators. We imagine schools in which all students excel academically and develop the agency, integrated identity, and competencies necessary to have successful lives as adults. We work to cultivate postsecondary readiness and success for all students by translating research into practice and supporting high school leaders to organize their schools for improvement and innovation.