Building Your Data Story: To&Through Tool Workshop

The To&Through Project’s Milestone Tools provide the public with access to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) data on students’ rates of attainment for key milestones on their pathways to and through college. With lenses that allow users to explore CPS student data from the Elementary School, High School, and Community Area perspectives, these tools provide powerful resources for local educators, leaders, and community members to explore educational equity across Chicago and leverage data to strengthen efforts to improve educational experiences for the students they serve.

This 90-minute virtual workshop will allow participants to explore the To&Through Milestone Tool and learn how the data on the tool can be used to craft data stories that can help articulate equity opportunities, inform responses to the data, and communicate strategies to take action. Whether you’re familiar with the Milestones Tools and want to take your data practice to the next level or are brand new to the Tools, this session is for you.

In this session participants will:

  • Learn how to navigate the To&Through Milestone Tools and get tips and tricks to maximize your data explorations.
  • Learn about the differences and similarities between the different lenses of the To&Through Milestone Tool(Elementary School, High School, and Community Area)
  • Practice identifying questions and articulating findings using the To&Through Milestones data.
  • Use the Milestone Tool lens of their choice (Elementary, High School, or Community) to practice framing and developing “data stories” that can help to communicate strategy and inspire action.

Explore the three Milestone lenses here:


If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.