Melissa Roderick

Melissa Roderick is the Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Melissa is an expert in urban school reform, high school reform, high-stakes testing, minority adolescent development, and school transitions. Her work has focused attention on the transition to high school as a critical point in students’ school careers and her new work examines the transition to college among Chicago Public School (CPS) students. In prior work, she led a multi-year evaluation of Chicago's initiative to end social promotion and has conducted research on school dropout, grade retention, and the effects of summer programs. Melissa is an expert in mixing qualitative and quantitative methods in evaluation. Her new study focuses on understanding the relationship between students' high school careers and preparation, their college selection choices and their post-secondary outcomes through linked quantitative and qualitative research. In this joint project with CPS, Melissa is assisting CPS in tracking successive cohorts of Chicago students and building new indicators through analysis of high school transcripts and surveys of students and teachers to assess the preparation of CPS graduates for college. She is concurrently leading a qualitative study that is following over 100 juniors from three Chicago high schools from the eleventh grade to two years after graduation and examining differences in the educational demands of their classroom environments through a linked study of high school and college classrooms. From 2001 to 2003, Melissa joined the administration of CPS to establish a new Department of Planning and Development. At the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, Melissa is the faculty director of a new program in community schools and youth development. She is a founding board member and currently serves as the chair of the board of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School.

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CCSR: A New Model for the Role of Research in Supporting Urban School Reform CCSR

A New Model for the Role of Research in Supporting Urban School Reform

Model Paper Feb 2009
Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago Barriers to College Attainment

Lessons from Chicago

Article Jan 2009
From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College From High School to the Future

Potholes on the Road to College

Report Mar 2008
CCSR's 2007 AVID Reports for Chicago Public Schools CCSR's 2007 AVID Reports for Chicago Public Schools Report Jan 2008
Sample Individual School Reports: Results about Postsecondary Preparation Sample Individual School Reports

Results about Postsecondary Preparation

Report Apr 2006
From High School to the Future: A First Look at Chicago Public School Graduates' College Enrollment, College Preparation, and Graduation from Four-Year Colleges From High School to the Future

A First Look at Chicago Public School Graduates' College Enrollment, College Preparation, and Graduation from Four-Year Colleges

Report Apr 2006
Getting It the Second Time Around: Student Classroom Experience in Chicago's Summer Bridge Program Getting It the Second Time Around

Student Classroom Experience in Chicago's Summer Bridge Program

Article May 2005
Ending Social Promotion: The Effects of Retention Ending Social Promotion

The Effects of Retention

Report Apr 2004
Ending Social Promotion: The Response of Teachers and Students Ending Social Promotion

The Response of Teachers and Students

Report Feb 2004
Ending Social Promotion: Results from Summer Bridge Ending Social Promotion

Results from Summer Bridge

Report Feb 2003
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