Nicole Williams Beechum

Nicole Williams Beechum is a Senior Research Analyst on the Noncognitive Team at the UChicago Consortium on School Research. Nicole’s initial work at the UChicago Consortium focused on the transitions to high school and post-secondary opportunities, including projects on college match among Chicago Public Schools graduates, the International Baccalaureate Programme in CPS, and Freshman OnTrack. With her current team, Nicole is co-organizing a national network focused on equity for historically marginalized students, the Building Equitable Learning Environments (BELE) network. Nicole’s dissertation work also explores the factors that lead to success for Black boys during their freshman year of high school. Her research interests include teacher-student relationships and how classroom environments contribute to student success, academically and developmentally. Nicole was in the second cohort of the Surge Institute’s fellowship designed to empower leaders of color in the field of education. Outside of work, Nicole is an avid reader and people watcher; and likely, the only person still listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on a regular basis.

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The Network for College Success: A Capacity-Building Model for School Improvement The Network for College Success

A Capacity-Building Model for School Improvement

Model Paper Nov 2016
Preventable Failure: Improvements in Long-Term Outcomes When High Schools Focused on the Ninth Grade Year: Research Summary Preventable Failure

Improvements in Long-Term Outcomes When High Schools Focused on the Ninth Grade Year

Report Apr 2014
Readiness for College: The Role of Noncognitive Factors and Context Readiness for College

The Role of Noncognitive Factors and Context

Article Nov 2013
Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners

The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance

Literature Review Jun 2012
Working to My Potential: The Postsecondary Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Working to My Potential

The Postsecondary Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Report Mar 2012
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