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Seventh Proof Point Community Named

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StriveTogether announced its seventh Cradle to Career Network member, Seeding Success in Shelby County, Tenn., as a proof point community. Reaching proof point recognizes communitywide efforts to change systems and improve outcomes for children. Seeding Success has demonstrated a strong commitment to using data in decision-making, building the capabilities of its partners and supporting a culture of shared accountability.

Read how systems are changing in Shelby County here.

SAVE THE DATE 6th Annual State of Our Children Address & Report Card Release

State of Our Children Save-the-Date

DATE: Thursday, November 15th

TIME: 7:45am-11:00am

LOCATION: MCC Brighton Campus- Thomas Flynn Center, Monroe A&B

Save the Date for ROC the Future’s State of Our Children annual event. This year’s address is designed to equip event attendees with data, stories and tools to bring about practice change within their organizations and the broader community. The event will help attendees:

  • Digest and understand the current data, and how it’s relevant to their own work
  • Learn success stories from other communities and organizations
  • Share ideas and learn from peers about practical tips for bringing about true practice change at their organization

Stay tuned for more event details. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Lewis at Jessica@thechildrensagenda.org.

Teen Empowerment Awards

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Congratulations to Rosemary Rivera and Ajamu Kitwana for receiving the Peacemaker in Action Award and Champion for Youth Leadership Award, respectively, at the 2018 Teen Empowerment Community Luncheon.  Continue reading

2018 Cradle to Career Network Convening

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Join StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network members from across the country for the ninth annual Cradle to Career Network Convening! This year’s theme is Go Far, Go Together: Uniting in Pursuit of Equity for Every Child. Come learn, share and network with others doing similar work and facing similar challenges in improving educational outcomes and changing systems. Attendees at last year’s national convening gained concrete tools and ideas about accelerating progress in their local communities. This year’s event will also feature Dr. Jill Biden as closing keynote speaker. Continue reading

Get ahead of Summer Slide with ReadyRosie


Development of the third Outcome Team focused on Early Grade Reading is underway. Mayor Lovely A. Warren is leading this team in addition to Patty Uttaro (Rochester Public Library Director), Danielle Lyman-Torres (Commissioner of Recreation & Youth Services), Henry Fitts, (Director for the Office of Innovation), and Karen Fahy (Executive Director of ELA Integrated Literacy). This group is tasked with ensuring students are reading on grade level and supporting students being developmentally on track by 3rd grade. With summer right around the corner, the team is looking at ways to better engage parents to help beat summer slide among students up to third grade. Continue reading

ROC On Awards

ROC On Awards

Congratulations to the Greater Rochester Quality Council (GRQC), St. John Fisher College (SJFC) and the Farash Foundation on being recipients of the first-ever ROC On Awards! The ROC On Awards recognize Convener member organizations for their work as collective impact champions and support of ROC the Future (RTF). Continue reading

Progress on the High School Graduation Outcome Team

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On April 20th, ROC the Future convened its third Outcome Team meeting around high school graduation. This work is being led by Linus Guillory, RCSD Deputy Superintendent, Hank Rubin, Vice President of Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Rosemary Rivera of the School-Climate Task Force. We are making a conscious effort to be more clear and deliberate about how we’re talking about and using data. We are proud to announce the members of our newly formed Data Advisory Team for this Outcome Team: Continue reading

Update on the New Outcomes Framework

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In December 2017, Conveners adopted a new framework for ROC the Future. This framework is organized around three priority areas – School Readiness, High School Graduation and Early Grade Reading. Efforts toward improving school readiness are being led by the Children’s Institute through our School Readiness CAN, which has been renamed the School Readiness Outcome Team. In the new framework, Outcome Teams will lead efforts to identify contributing factors for each of the outcomes, identify which factors are most important, and assess which are being addressed by existing organizations and identify gaps. Newly developed Strategy Teams will create gap closure plans, implement actions and track metrics for implementation, and review progress to maintain gains. Continue reading

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