EDUCATION

Impact Statement

Impact Statement

The Change We Want To See

Our pre-K through 12 schools and students are the pride of our community and are nationally recognized for excellence. All education and training programs are dynamic, provide accessible paths to fulfilling careers, and are highly valued by our citizens and employers.

Strategies

Strategies

How We Make It Happen

Supporting Students and Families: Our community overcomes barriers to learning by aligning support for the benefit of every student

Partnering for Success: Our business and civic organizations engage in partnerships with our schools for the success of all

All Are Ready: Students, educators, and families are ready to fulfill their responsibilities

Projects

Projects

Teams Working Towards This Vision

The NIU Engineering @ RVC program was an idea that came out of Transform Rockford’s visioning sessions back in 2014. The goal being that Rock Valley College (RVC) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) offered a program for students to earn an Associate degree in engineering from RVC and earn a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from NIU at the RVC campus in Rockford. The program is now a reality. Local residents are benefiting from the convenience and affordability of the program. And businesses are benefiting from the local talent that is emerging from the program.

The Neighborhood Achievement Homes team & Transform Rockford is currently designing, developing and implementing a collective impact framework on how we can dramatically improve educational outcomes and career readiness for youth in the Constance B Lane Elementary School neighborhood zone. The goal is to achieve cradle to career education, community wellness, supportive, context sensitive infrastructure, and mixed income housing with the goal of serving as a model for similar initiatives applied at other schools in the Rockford region.

The Ready to Learn initiative is a partnership between Transform Rockford, Alignment Rockford, Rockford Public Schools, and Chicago-based Erikson Institute in an effort to capture data about the preparedness of our region’s kindergartens. The ultimate goal: identify what’s working, what’s not and how to align resources accordingly, all the way down to the neighborhood level. Based on Erikson’s internationally recognized Early Development Instrument (EDI), a survey, filled out by our local kindergarten teachers, measures a student’s physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, communication skills, and language and cognitive development. Erikson then overlays student data with the neighborhood they live in with the goal of understanding where neighborhood assets are, or lack thereof. More than 40 local organizations and businesses are involved in the project. Results from the EDI exercise will be announced to the public this summer. Stay tuned for more information & ways we, as a community, can help our students enter the classroom, ready to learn!

Rockford Promise is a non-profit location-based scholarship program that offers full-tuition scholarships to deserving graduates of Rockford Public School District 205. Modeled after Promise programs around the nation, the goal is to increase educational attainment in our community while providing a powerful economic incentive for residents and businesses to locate in the Rockford region.

Outcomes

Outcomes

How We Measure Success