Session 2 of StriveTogether Leadership Program Set for Miami, Florida

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The five member team, affectionately known as ROC Northstars, comprised of Amy Schiavi, Chief of Superintendent’s Receivership Schools, Dr. Karen Fahy, Executive Director of ELA/Integrated Literacy, Jackie Campbell, ROC the Future Director, Luis Perez, Director of Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association, and Dr. Tolley Reeves, Assistant Director of Rochester Public Library participated in the first leadership program session in Austin, Texas in early February. Continue reading

ROC the Future Welcomes Facilitation Consultant Morris Moore

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Morris Moore is the President and Co-founder of The Penuel Foundation in Rochester, NY. He is a strategist and organizational excellence consultant who works with CEOs, executives and stakeholders to exceed the needs of customers and clients. Having completed over 200 projects across multiple industries (Aerospace, Manufacturing, Distribution, Pharmaceutical, Hospitality, Government), he specializes in creating cohesive business operating systems that are customer focused and data driven.  Continue reading

2019 StriveTogether Network Offerings


2019 is the first year StriveTogether is working towards the Network’s new bold goal: 24 cradle-to-career partnerships will achieve systems transformation by 2023. In December, StriveTogether launched an overview of the 2019 offerings that are designed to help partnerships build the civic infrastructure needed to improve outcomes and close disparity gaps. Continue reading

Efforts to Break the School to Prison Pipeline Are Working

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In collaboration with key community partners Citizen Action of New York, Alliance for Quality Education, Teen Empowerment, the Community Task Force on School Climate, and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, The Children’s Agenda released “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: How School Climate Supports Academic Success”, an analysis of the past five years, following the introduction of two substantial disciplinary reform efforts. Continue reading

ROC the Future Receives Nearly $75K from StriveTogether Accelerator Fund

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ROC the Future received nearly $75,000 from StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids. This award is part of the Cradle to Career Community Challenge grant, which will award up to $7 million in new grants over 3 years to strengthen the systems that shape opportunity for children.  ROC the Future will use its grant award to support the Early Grade Literacy Outcome Team to implement strategies to ensure all students are reading on grade level and developing advanced literacies in reading, writing, critical thinking skills and oral proficiencies.  Continue reading

DemocracyReady NY Coalition Launch

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A new statewide group working to secure the right of all New York students to a quality P-12 education that prepares them for effective civic participation, announced its launch in February. Continue reading

SummerLeap is Hiring

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The Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA) is a regional nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. If you have summer availability and are looking for part-time work apply to be a Classroom Liaison/Observer today!

A Message from the Director

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Collective Engagement for Our Collective Future

It would be no exaggeration to say that 2018 was a stellar year for ROC the Future: we expanded our staffing by hiring Tanishia Johnson as our Manager of Family and Community Engagement, and received 2 significant grants that will help us build our capacity to improve the work of the alliance.  We launched our new Outcomes Frameworkby establishing two new Outcome Teams to focus on our prioritized outcomes (Early Grade Literacy and High School Graduation); and partnered with the Rochester City School District to support their Community Schools expansion framework.  Continue reading

Welcome our New Director of Research & Analytics

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The Children’s Agenda is pleased to welcome Stephanie Townsend, PhD, as the Director of Research and Analytics for ROC the Future. Before joining ROC the Future, Stephanie worked for 12 years as a consultant to community based and educational organizations. Continue reading