Session 2 of StriveTogether Leadership Program Set for Miami, Florida

STLP Austin

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. The first session, “Launching an Accelerated Journey Towards Population-Level Results” brought five Accelerator Grant cohort community teams together to learn processes and share projects over two days. Teams learned strategies and tools to apply to their cradle-to-career projects, and had time to discuss their successes, challenges and ideas with other teams.

The cohort teams began the process by aligning for action, where they worked to understand that achieving better results requires aligned contributions from multiple stakeholders. The teams put results at the center by identifying the aligned contributions in all levels of leadership to achieve results.  To focus the work, they drafted SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) targets connected to target populations and drafted a target factor analysis. Teams then shared their work and provided targeted feedback to each other. As part of the reflective work, individuals shared how their formative experiences can shape their approach to disparities and how it can impact their work. Teams worked together to determine individual and team action steps to take to advance results. After returning, Roc Northstars members shared the process with the Early Grade Literacy Outcome Team, who worked collaboratively on factor analysis. The team looks forward to the second leadership session in early March in Miami so they can share the tools and strategies with the larger ROC the Future Outcome Teams.