How parents can help improve low-performing schools

Many parents of public school children take it as an article of faith that their involvement in public education is a good thing. The assumption is that not only will getting involved have a positive impact on our own children, but it will be beneficial for the school in general. But when it comes to the public school system, it turns out that idea isn’t as simple as you might think.

The College-to-Career Transition

In partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, the UChicago Consortium is using available administrative datasets and data from surveys of college alumni to understand what the college-to-career transition looks like for graduates of Chicago area two-year and four-year institutions, particularly for first-generation, Pell eligible college students. 

Asset framing

Disaggregation sounds like a complicated word with no place in real-world conversations about improving education. But it’s actually an important tool that allows educators to understand how different groups of students fare in schools. Each of the strategies mentioned in our last blog – that allowed Chicago educators to dive deeper into data and pull out student strengths through their commitment to asset framing – were made possible by disaggregation.

‘The Make-or-Break Year’ offers ed reformers sobering lessons on how real school change happens

“If we have to remove dead weight, we will remove dead weight.” That’s what the assistant principal of Chicago’s Orr High School told me in 1998, when I asked him how he dealt with no-show students. What he meant was, they’d be dropped from the school rolls and handed a list of alternative schools to call.

Portfolio school governance creates unstable charter sector with too many school closures

In an important brief from the National Education Policy Center, William Mathis and Kevin Welner define “portfolio school reform”—a school district governance theory which originated at the Center on Reinventing Public Education: “A key, unifying element is the call for many neighborhood schools to be transformed into privately managed charter schools… The operational theory behind portfolio districts is based on a stock market metaphor—the stock portfolio under the control of a portfolio manager.

Senior Research Analyst (Quantitative)

The UChicago Consortium seeks a Senior Research Analyst to conduct quantitative research that will inform policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools. The UChicago Consortium is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in teaching and learning, elementary education, or post-secondary education and experience with mixed methods studies.  A Senior Research Analyst has experience successfully conducting and completing independent quantitative research while demonstrating good communication and project administration skills.

High tech and common sense

We are well into the high-pressure digital age and the interconnected global economy, and those realities have affected education and how students learn.

However, some non-technological strategies still prevail as young people navigate their ways out of high school and college and into the workforce...

Silvana Freire

As a Research Analyst for a study of the landscape of computer science education in Chicago, Silvana will conduct quantitative research to analyze students' access, enrollment, and performance in computer science classes and to understand the short-term influence of computer science course-taking. Before joining the UChicago Consortium, Silvana worked as a Research Assistant at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, while she was getting her MA degree in international education policy analysis.

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