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Transformative and Affirming… a Message from the Director


Those are the two words that sum up and describe my experience at the Leadership Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s ReDesign Lab. Although the experience for our team of 4 — which in addition to myself included ROC the Future Chair, Ajamu Kitwana, and Conveners Simeon Banister from the Community Foundation, and Jerome Underwood from Action for a Better Community — might be expressed in different ways by each of us, I’m sure we’d agree that these two words appropriately describe what we walked away with. Continue reading

A Strategy for High School Graduation

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The ROC the Future High School Graduation Outcome Team is looking forward to working directly with Wilson Commencement Academy and Edison Tech High School, the two schools recently selected to launch Strategy Teams to implement interventions to impact and improve the 9th grade experience for students. Continue reading

An Impactful two-day Training with GRQC

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A team of over 15 members from the High School Graduation and Early Grade Literacy Outcome Teams participated in the Quality for Leaders training hosted by GRQC. This two-day professional development program focuses on performance improvement principles and tools to inform process and improve decision making. Continue reading

2018 StriveTogether Convening in Seattle, WA


Under the theme of Go Far, Go Together, ROC the Future joined 70 cradle to career sites from across the nation who make up the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network, in Seattle, Washington, to learn and share strategies to support better outcomes for kids. The 2018 Cradle to Career Network Convening held in October was the biggest yet, bringing together more than 500 people uniting to work toward equity and committed to going farther together. Continue reading

6th Annual State of Our Children Address – Sold-out!


Thanks to all who were able to attend our sold-out 6th Annual State of Our Children Address and Report Card Release, at the R. Thomas R. Flynn Campus Center on the Brighton MCC Campus. We hope you found this year’s event informative, engaging and beneficial as each of us play a critical role in the improvement of outcomes for Rochester’s children.

This year represented a significant change to our normal State of the Children format, by adding breakout sessions, and eliminating the key leaders panel.  It is our hope that as we move forward to advance improvement for kids, we provide more depth and background on our work, and share ways that the community can lend support to it.  We hope this was well communicated and felt. Continue reading

Purchase Your Tickets and Tables for State of Our Children

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Register now for the 6th Annual State of Our Children Address. This year’s event will be the most robust and engaging yet. A key feature of the event will be the addition of customized breakout sessions around our three priority areas: School Readiness, Early Grade Literacy, and High School Graduation. These breakouts will provide opportunities to delve into data, discuss progress around outcomes, and learn how to get involved.  Continue reading

School Modernization Community Outreach Forums


The Rochester Schools Modernization Program is planning its third phase. As the largest public works project in Rochester’s history, it affects parents, students, and the entire Rochester community. Learn more about what’s in store for Phase 3 at one of two remaining public meetings:

October 22nd – Franklin Campus Auditorium, 950 Norton Street

November 19th – Jefferson Campus Auditorium, 1 Edgerton Park

All meetings are from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and children are welcome to attend!

There are many reasons to attend! Continue reading

Volunteer for FAFSA Fest

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FAFSA Fest Volunteers Needed!

Since 2014, Rochester Education Foundation, which leads our College Access CAN, has hosted FAFSA Fest events throughout the city to help high school seniors and their families file the FAFSA. This form is essential to receiving financial aid for college, yet the complex nature of the form often makes it an obstacle for students. REF hopes to help students overcome that by providing one-on-one assistance at FAFSA Fest events. Continue reading

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