ReadyRosie Has Officially Launched

Pictured: Larry Marx, CEO of The Children’s Agenda, Jackie Campbell, ROC the Future Alliance Director, Dr. Kendra March, Rochester City School District Deputy Superintendent, Jennifer Leonard, CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation, Jessica Lewis, ROC the Future Communications Specialist

Pictured: Larry Marx, CEO of The Children’s Agenda, Jackie Campbell, ROC the Future Alliance Director, Dr. Kendra March, Rochester City School District Deputy Superintendent, Jennifer Leonard, CEO of Rochester Area Community Foundation, Jessica Lewis, ROC the Future Communications Specialist

On Thursday, February 2nd a press conference was held at The Children’s Agenda with Mayor Lovely A. Warren, RCSD Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Dr. Kendra March, and ROC the Future Alliance Director Jackie Campbell to announce the partnership to provide ReadyRosie to city parents with children ages 0-5. Continue reading

Quality Afterschool Time Matters

Pictured: Antwan Williams, Director of Youth System Services, RochesterWorks!, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Senior Program Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester, Marisol Ramos-Lopez, Commissioner, Department of Recreation and Youth Services, Kendra March, Deputy Superintendent, Rochester City School District

Pictured: Antwan Williams, Director of Youth System Services, RochesterWorks!, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Senior Program Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester, Marisol Ramos-Lopez, Commissioner, Department of Recreation and Youth Services, Kendra March, Deputy Superintendent, Rochester City School District

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 Partners with FASFA Fest

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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

Check out news coverage here from News 8 and TWCNews.

 

Get Ready for Rosie!

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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

Greater Rochester Afterschool Leadership Summit

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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.

FASFA Fest Numbers Expected to Rise

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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

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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

ROC the Future:  Using Data to Improve Outcomes

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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

Knocking on Doors to Remind Parents That Every Minute Matters

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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

Start Strong Back to School Rally

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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.