The Greater Rochester Afterschool Leadership Summit brought together education, afterschool, business, philanthropy, community based, elected, and municipal leaders in the community to learn and discuss the value of an afterschool system as part of an interconnected system of services for youth. The purpose of the summit was to support social and emotional learning, academic success, and the development of 21st century skills to promote readiness for college, career, and life. Continue reading
News 8 has partnered with the Rochester Education Foundation to provide in-kind media sponsorship of FAFSA Fest events. On January 31st News 8 hosted a call-in show on financial aid with experts who answered questions from parents, students and community members on the financial aid process. They received a total of 83 calls.
The remaining dates to receive free help with FASFA are:
February 11th at Frederick Douglas R-Center
February 21st at Maplewood Library
March 4th at Franklin High School
Excitement is brewing here at ROC the Future for this new and exciting early education tool that is currently helping schools and communities across the nation deepen and scale their parent engagement efforts. We know that parent engagement is essential to educational success for Rochester’s children. That’s why we’ve partnered with ReadyRosie to get high quality early childhood educational tools directly into the hands of parents and caregivers of 0-5 year olds. Continue reading
On January 30th, the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA), the City of Rochester and ROC the Future will host an Afterschool Leadership Summit. Community leaders will discuss the value of an afterschool system as part of an interconnected system of services for youth that supports social and emotional learning, academic success, and the development of 21st century skills to promote readiness for college, career, and life. The summit will also feature presentations and interactive sessions with national experts and afterschool champions from other leading cities, along with key voices from the local community, to collectively inform the region’s strategic priorities for youth moving forward. Registration for the summit is full. Stay tuned for a recap of the summit in our next newsletter.
This year students will have seven opportunities to complete and submit their college financial aid forms. This comes as a result of generous sponsors, volunteers and supporters. Research shows that students who apply for and receive financial aid persist in college at greater rates than students who don’t. That’s why the College Access Network CAN, chaired by the Rochester Education Foundation, leads the work to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA), and encourages Rochester students to go to college. Last year more than 350 students participated and the College Access CAN expects the number to increase this year. There has been a 25 percent increase in city students filing their FAFSA forms early, when the most financial aid is available. This is significant because students who file early in January, February or March on average receive more funding from federal, state and college sources compared to those who file later in the year. This year’s FASFA Fest kicks off today at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. More on the FASFA Fest can be found here.
National Family Engagement Day Empowers Parents To Take An Active Role In Their Children’s Education
Family engagement is critical to the success of Rochester’s children. It is a shared responsibility among families, schools, and communities in which schools and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways, and families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development which we know is key to their success. Continue reading
As a community we’ve often come together to support promising educational programs. But over the past 5 years, ROC the Future instead, works to identify the most important outcomes for children, and to commit to finding the best ways to drive improvement in those outcomes.
As a StriveTogether partner, ROC the Future is currently in Strive’s 3rd gateway, as a “Sustaining” network. This means that as a community we’ve met a set of quality benchmarks within Strive’s “Cradle to Career” framework that helps us to think about, and work towards improved student outcomes, not programs. Using the StriveTogether Framework as a guide helps us commit to, and follow over the long-term, strategies to improve population-level outcomes, from cradle-to-career. Continue reading
Chronic absence has a direct impact on students’ ability to succeed in school. Just being absent for 2 days of school each month, adds up to an entire month missed by the end of the school year. Chronic absenteeism is a major challenge, but the Rochester City School District is taking major steps to improve school attendance for the 2016-17 school year, including: Continue reading
More than 2,000 parents and students attended the “Start Strong” event hosted by the Rochester City School District and WDKX at Frontier Field. Parents and students received valuable information during the community resource fair which included vendors from Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Rochester Regional Health System, IBERO, Center for Disability Rights and Urban League of Rochester, NY. More than 1,700 book bags were distributed to students to help start the school year off strong.
On Friday, August 12th ROC the Future held its annual Conveners’ Retreat at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. Convener’s heard “creative reports” from the Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) and Convener Committees, and approved Governance resolutions to add 3 new Convener member organizations, and adjustments to the By-Laws. Continue reading