In March 2001 CCSR convened a group of national and Chicago-area education researchers to discuss recent and current research on high school reform efforts in Chicago. In keeping with CCSR's commitment to enhancing understanding of the factors which affect student learning outcomes, members and representatives of a number of organizations with an interest in high school reform and education research—including teachers, principals, community organizations, advocacy groups, and the Chicago Public Schools—were also invited to attend the conference.
CCSR commissioned written summaries of the formal oral presentations made at the conference. These summaries, reviewed and approved by the speakers, provide an interim record of the findings they presented. This conference was made possible by the support of the Chicago Community Trust.