Moving Toward an Outcomes-Based Focus

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A reorientation to an outcomes-based framework is on the horizon and discussion at the annual retreat set the stage for a new and improved model for ROC the Future. Currently, ROC the Future has six Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) targeting improvement in areas impacting academic achievement. They are: Perinatal CAN, School Readiness CAN, School Attendance CAN, Expanded Learning Opportunities CAN, College Access CAN and Parent Engagement CAN. However, while we’ve made incremental improvements over the past few years, our current structure cannot support significant gains fast enough. Nor does it provide enough support for us to be consistently agile to respond to new challenges or new opportunities.

A reorientation will allow ROC the Future to achieve greater improvements in outcomes; to be intentional about using data analysis to set targets; and to better identify opportunities to bring successful strategies to scale.

Essentially, a reorientation will allow for an intentional focus on improving outcomes, rather than focusing on strategies alone.

What will this look like and how do we move from here to there?

Those questions and more were asked at the Annual Retreat, and will be discussed in greater detail in the upcoming weeks by the Outcomes Framework Task Force, one of three 30-45 day task force groups (the others are the Data Dashboard Task Force and the Backbone Staffing Task Force) in order to determine the next steps to strengthen ROC the Future in 2018 and beyond. Check future newsletter editions for updates of this important work.

There’s still time to register for the Strive Convening

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Registration for the 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening ends September 18th. Register now  using access code: StriveC2C2017.

The theme this year is Be the Change: Getting Results for Every Child. Join Cradle to Career Network communities from across the country that are working to improve educational outcomes to create systems change in their communities. We will have the opportunity to learn, share and network with others doing like work and facing similar challenges, and leave with concrete ideas and tools on how to move this work further faster in our community. The team at Strive is planning to make this event their most innovative and advanced Convening to date. They’re committed to featuring relevant content aimed at the adaptive challenges we face around improving outcomes, changing systems and eliminating disparities. A diverse team including partnership staff, Conveners, community partners and funders should attend. Continue reading

Register now for the 5th Annual State of Our Children Address

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Our community has addresses for the State of the County, State of the City, and State of the Schools. Join us for State of Our Children on Tuesday, October 17th from 7:30am to 9:30am at Hyatt Regency Downtown.

This annual address is an intergovernmental, public/private partnership on the State of Our Children, addressing the challenges and opportunities presented in ROC the Future’s report card. The address will include our action plan for moving the needle on key indicators of children’s success, cradle to career. Register today.

Volunteer for FASFA Fest

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The College Access Network is recruiting volunteers for FAFSA Fest training on Monday, September 25th from 5pm to 7 pm at the MCC Downtown campus. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers will receive training to help students and families complete the FAFSA form. Convener and CAN members are encouraged to participate. Registration forms will be available soon.

If any college financial aid groups would like to adopt an event, please contact Stuart Hencke at shencke@gmail.com.

Message from Outgoing Chair

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Monroe Community College President Anne Kress launched ROC the Future six years ago with initial support from SUNY, United Way, and the MetLife Foundation. Rochester Area Community Foundation joined ROC the Future in 2012 and I was honored to follow Anne as chair of the conveners’ table for the past 3 1/2 years.

Today, more than 60 institutions support ROC the Future by aligning their strategy, programs, people and money to meet kids’ needs as identified on our annual Report Card. Conveners volunteer personally and recruit others to knock on doors of chronically absent children and to help families complete federal financial aid forms.  Our new parent workgroup is attacking the dilemma of low attendance in Rochester’s world-quality pre-kindergartens, while launching Ready Rosie videos on mobile phones to showcase parenting techniques. Continue reading

Register for the Strive Convening

Strive Convening

Register now for the 2017 Cradle to Career Network Convening using access code: StriveC2C2017.

The theme this year is Be the Change: Getting Results for Every Child. Join Cradle to Career Network communities from across the country that are working to improve educational outcomes to create systems change in their communities. You will have the opportunity to learn, share and network with others doing like work and facing similar challenges. Leave with concrete ideas and tools on how to move this work further faster in your community. The team at Strive is planning to make this event their most innovative and advanced Convening to date. They’re committed to featuring relevant content aimed at the adaptive challenges we face around improving outcomes, changing systems and eliminating disparities. A diverse team including partnership staff, Conveners, community partners and funders should attend. Continue reading

URI Funding a Huge Victory for Kids

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The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) has secured $4.75M in two-year funding from the NYS Upstate Revitalization Initiative for expansion of early childhood supports with existing programs in the focus neighborhoods. The funding will cover an additional 115 parents and children in the trilogy of evidence-based home visitation programs, an additional 300-400 children in early learning summer programs, and 300 additional child care slots for children of low-income working families. Continue reading

ROC the Future Awarded for Excellence in Communications

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ROC the Future recently received an Excellence in Communications Award from The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for our work with the Every Minute Matters initiative and the Cold Can’t Stop Us Winter Attendance Challenge in conjunction with the Rochester City School District. ROC the Future thanks the team at Causewave Community Partners for their outstanding work and leadership on these projects. Continue reading

Community Schools for Rochester’s Children

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On May 18th ROC the Future co-sponsored a Convener conversation with Kirsten Barclay of the Farash Foundation on community schools, to increase awareness and understanding of how community schools work, and what Rochester’s recent experience has been with them.  The meeting, held at CCSI, was well attended by Conveners, and community members. Continue reading