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Rockford has been named the nation's third Model Community by Ford Next Generation Learning for having successfully launched career academies at all RPS205 high schools, featuring career pathways such as Engineering, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety and Medical & Health Sciences.   

" The College & Career Academies of Rockford are an outstanding example of how educators and community members can organize and align their resources in support of a strong plan to implement high school career academies," said Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director of Ford NGL for Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.  "Their goal of reaching "Model" status by 2016 was certainly surpassed!  Congratulations to this amazing community and their students."

As a Ford NGL Model Community, Rockford will be an example for educators in Ford NGL communities across the country, offering educational visits and workshops on how to transform their high schools and better prepare students for college, career and life.   Rockford hosted its first Ford NGL Academies of Rockford Study Visit October 19-20 with 40 people attending from five communities.  

$80,000 value in volunteer hours! 

October 15th was Alignment Rockford's fourth annual Academy Expo, a regional career exploration event for high school freshmen. The Academy Expo was designed by Alignment Rockford to serve as the introductory experience to the academy structure for Rockford Public School freshmen.  The event assists students in making an informed academy selection prior to their sophomore year. This is also an opportunity for other school districts in attendance to explore career opportunities. At the Academy Expo participating students experience career-related, hands-on demonstrations in a broad variety of careers which helps to forge a relevant link between curriculum and careers.  
Check out the Expo video below produced by Jefferson High School students: 

Each month we feature one of our Alignment Team members in our new series, Faces of Alignment Rockford
 Jessica Koltz 
 Career Services Advisor, Rasmussen College-Rockford Campus 
 Career Awareness A-Team 
Jessica, a Rockford native, has worked at Rasmussen College-Rockford Campus since 2009. Outside the academic realm, Jessica enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with her family.  

Jessica currently sits on Alignment Rockford's Career Awareness Team, Rockford Public Library Trustee, Rockford Chamber's IGNITE EDUCATE Committee, Rosie's Birthday Club's Board, and serves as an Ambassador for Rockford Health System. Previously, Jessica sat on United Way's Success by 6 Advisory Board and IGNITE's Leadership Board.

Click here to learn more about Jessica and her involvement with Alignment Rockford. 
As a Rockford native, I have seen first-hand the negative perception of education in my city. I am a graduate of Rockford East High School, a product of the public school district. It is up to me (and everyone else in the community) to support positive changes of Rockford Public Schools District #205 -Jessica Koltz

Kennedy Middle School Math Tutor Program

Alignment Rockford's College Readiness Team is seeking math tutors for 6th grade students at Kennedy Middle School. Tutors will work with students for one hour, one time per week during their regularly scheduled math class during the 2015-2016 school year. The school day takes place 8:45am to 3:45pm.Tutoring time of day will vary according to students' schedulesRead more... 

Interested in becoming a tutor ? We are always accepting new tutors. Click here or email Alignment Rockford's Community Engagement Coordinator for more information. 

Capstone Seminar Mentor
A capstone project is an opportunity for 12th grade students to identify a personal academic or professional topic for which they perceive a need for continued research and development. 

Advisors/Mentors from the community are needed to serve as experts for idea development, revision, and refinement of the selected project. Advisors/ mentors may assist students via online, telephone, or in-person mentoring with one or all of the 4 components required of the Capstone project (proposal, research, evidence, presentation). Volunteer one time only ... volunteer on-going for an entire semester ... or anywhere in between .

Click here
to read the Introductory letter from Auburn High School's Capstone teacher, Mr. John Rauh.

Click here here to read project summaries and needs from the community.

To learn more about the Capstone Seminar course, or to submit a response to the invitation to participate  click here
Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
The Healthy Starts team has developed community-wide messaging for all families with students going into kindergarten.The Ready Set Kindergarten! materials are aimed to ensure parents have a common understanding of the skills children need to be successful in kindergarten.

Services Needed from the Community:
  • Place the provided brochures and posters in a waiting area or employee break room
  • Include the information in your company newsletter (digital information provided)
  • Include the provided information in your church bulletin
  • Have brochures available for interested families to pick up
  • Display the information on your digital billboard or monitor
  • Promote the information on your social media sites
  • Provide brochures to patients or clients with young children
  • Sponsor or donate printing services
To respond to this invitation to please click here . You must be logged in to respond.
Don't have time to join a team but want an easy way to help?
Check out the list of Academy Needs by selecting:

Email Katy Haun, Alignment Rockford's Community Engagement Coordinator if you might be able  
to help with any of these needs or for additional information.        

Please pass along to anyone you know who might be able to help out!

Why Get Involved?

All goods collected will be distributed to students in Rockford Public Schools.

Click here for a complete list of collection sites 

Alignment Rockford is thankful for all of our members, volunteers, partners, and supporters - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Alignment Rockford is a collective impact organization whose mission is to align community resources in support of public school strategies to raise student achievement, improve the health and happiness of our children, and advance the economic and social well-being of our community.