Elaine Allensworth is the Lewis-Sebring Director of the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, where she has conducted research on educational policy and practice for the last 20 years. She works with policymakers and practitioners to bridge research and practice, providing advice to researchers across the country about conducting research-practice partnerships, and serving on panels, policy commissions, and working groups at the local, state and national level. She is recognized as an expert in the areas of students’ educational attainment, school leadership and school improvement. Her research on the factors that predict whether students will drop out of high school has shifted the conversation from factors that schools cannot control to factors that schools can influence; school districts across the country have adopted early warning indicator systems based on her freshman ontrack research. Dr. Allensworth has been the principal investigator on research grants from funders such as the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has received a number of awards from the American Educational Research Association for outstanding publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, and was once a high school Spanish and science teacher.