Jenny Nagaoka is the deputy director of the UChicago Consortium, where she has conducted research for over 20 years. Her research interests focus on policy and practice in urban education reform, particularly developing school environments and instructional practices that promote college readiness and success, and developing indicators of high school graduation and college readiness. She has co-authored numerous journal articles and reports, including studies of college readiness, non-cognitive factors, the transition from high school to postsecondary education, and authentic intellectual instruction.
She is a senior advisor to the To&Through Project, a project that provides educators, policymakers, and families with research, data, and training on the milestones that matter most for college success. She is the lead author of Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework which draws on research and practice evidence to build a coherent framework of the foundational factors for young adult success and investigates their development from early childhood through young adulthood and how they can be supported through developmental experiences and relationships.