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.
Nishi Shah is a Freshman Success Coach with the Network for College Success. Prior to this role, Nishi taught high school science in Chicago Public Schools for twelve years. During that time, she served as a freshman teacher lead, teacher collaborative team lead, as well as an instructional leadership team member. She was able to provide organizational leadership and support to all teachers working with freshmen to ensure student achievement goals were met. Nishi also led the transformation of the curriculum at her previous school by promoting the WestEd Reading Apprenticeship Framework, implementing inquiry-based learning, and working with students to develop collaboration skills. She believes students’ social, emotional, and academic needs should be at the center of creating an equitable school.
Nishi received her Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University in Secondary Science Education. She also holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Type 75 Administration and Supervision Endorsement from National Louis University
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.