ACT Rochester and CGR have worked with ROC the Future to collect and analyze data relevant to the goals shown below. The results of that analysis are available in our report card. For details on the outcome indicators aligned with each of the four ROC the Future goals, click on the links listed below.
ROC the Future works through Collaborative Action Networks and Outcome Teams tasked with identifying appropriate measurements, indicators, and detailed action plans to improve outcomes related to our goals. ROC the Future has also hosted a number of community events to raise awareness about evidence-based practices and inspire action.
ROC the Future Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Community Events
6th Annual State of Our Children Address and Report Card Release, November 15, 2018
This year’s event was the most robust and engaging yet with 150 attendees taking part in the annual event. A key feature of the event included the addition of customized breakout sessions around our three priority areas: School Readiness, Early Grade Literacy, and High School Graduation. These breakouts provided opportunities to delve into data, discuss progress around outcomes, and ways to get involved. This year we heard from Martin Stewart, a graduate from Edison Tech High School and first-year student at MCC, who shared his experience as a Rochester City School District graduate. The keynote was given by Dr. Shaun Nelms who is the EPO Superintendent of East Upper and Lower Schools and the William and Sheila Konar Director for the Center for Urban Education Success. Dr. Nelms spoke to the different aspects of collective impact using data to help inform decision making. The event concluded with press conference featuring Ajamu Kitwana, ROC the Future Board Chair and VP/Director of Community Impact at ESL; Sandra Simon, Director of Special Projects and Education Initiatives, City of Rochester; Corinda Crossdale, Department of Human Services Commissioner, Monroe County; and Van White, RCSD Board President.
Materials from the event are available below:
Community Schools Summit, August 2, 2018
Over 100 educators gathered for the first-ever Community Schools Summit held on August 2nd at Nazareth College. The event featured Marty Blank of Coalition for Community Schools. Marty has an extensive background in community schools and offered an insightful keynote on the best ways to create and sustain a community school. He also shared the benefits of a community school and how it impacts social emotional and educational outcomes.
Much work has been done around the development of community schools in our area. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. The Rochester City School District currently has 10 community schools.
ROC the Future envisions itself as the Community-Wide Leadership table where our key roles include vision, policy and resource alignment.
Local Partnership for Campaign for Grade Level Reading, July 29, 2016
Rochester hosted a site visit with senior members of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, and of the National Association for Summer Learning, to share national learnings and discuss local progress on early childhood development, expanding summer learning, reducing chronic absence and parent engagement. Local partners include the Rochester City School District, the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association and the City of Rochester. The Rochester community was recognized with three Pacesetter Honors, for “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy. The award was received in January in recognition for achievement in three areas. School Attendance: significantly reducing the number of chronically absent children in K- 3rd grade from 37% to 30% in just one year; Summer Learning: 90% of approximately 1200 struggling readers maintained or improved their reading levels over the course of the summer, almost twice the rate for comparison students who did not attend the program; and Early Grade Reading: Last year, Rochester saw a 5% increase in the number of 2nd graders reading on grade level from Fall 2014 to Fall 2015 based on the NWEA assessment.
Social-Emotional Competence: Critical Skills for Success in School and Life, September 11, 2015
At this event, Paul LeBuffe of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, outlined the components of social-emotional learning, their importance to success in school and life, and reviewed research studies documenting the results of intentionally teaching students these skills. An overview of 213 studies assessing the impact of teaching social-emotional skills to K-12 students identified +10 percent improvements in classroom behavior and test scores and +10 percent decreases in conduct problems and emotional distress such as anxiety and depression.
Paul’s key messages include:
- We don’t have to wait for kids to exhibit achievement behavior problems that stem from weak social-emotional skills, we can assess their competencies and support them to learn needed skills.
- Often initial skill building is required for teachers and other adults in children’s lives.
- Teaching social-emotional skills improves achievement and behavior and frees up instruction time in school.
- Social-emotional skills represent half of the skills wanted by employers in a national survey.
Leadership in Urban Education Summit March 25, 2015
This Summit brought together leaders from five successful high poverty urban schools in New York state to share what works. Participants also heard from two members of the New York State Board of Regents, a state education department official, and education leaders from Nazareth. Regent Lester Young Jr. encouraged participants to be courageous enough to tackle systemic inequities. Participant Ruth Turner, director of school counseling and social work for the Rochester City School District, said the summit recharged her, “If they can do it, we can.” To experience the sharing and inspiration of the Summit, view the video here.
National League of Cities Educational Alignment for Young Children October 2014
In 2013, Rochester was one of 6 U.S. cities selected by the National League of Cities to participate in a technical assistance project to address barriers to third-grade success. The goals selected by the project team included increased family engagement; increasing developmental screening and quality education for three-year-olds; aligning curriculum, assessment, and professional development for pre-K and K-3 systems; and increasing summer learning opportunities for young children. The Project Report provides more information on results and next steps.
GradNation Summit – October 30, 2013
GradNation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to end America’s dropout crisis. GradNation goals include achieving a 90 percent graduation rate nationwide by 2020, with no high school graduating less than 80 percent of its students, and regaining America’s standing as first in the world in college completion. GradNation is an initiative of the America’s Promise Alliance.
Materials from the GradNation Summit held in Rochester on October 30, 2013 are available below:
- GradNation News Release
- GradNation Program
- A Promise Ring – 40 Developmental Assets & Introduction to Youth Development
- A Promise Ring – Power of Assets
- De Hostos Charter – New Models for Success
- Dual Enrollment – New Models for Success
- New Models for Education Success
- Parent Engagement in School
- Realizing the Potential of Learning in Middle Adolescence
- ROC the Future Overview
- Tackling the Lack of College and Career Knowledge – Making College Attainable
- Wade Norwood Keynote Remarks
- Young Women’s College Prep – New Models for Education Success
- Youth Shine When Partners Align