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About Us

Welcome to Alignment Rockford! Alignment Rockford is a public school support organization.
We employ a process to design and pilot tactical solutions in areas
of greatest strategic need for Rockford Public Schools.

Vision

Alignment Rockford envisions all students graduating from high school with marketable employment skills or enrolling in post-secondary education. They are eager to live, work, learn, create, and play in the Rockford Region as contributing adults.

Collective Impact

Collective impact is a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

Operational Principles

Enable children to succeed
Align with the school district’s strategic priorities
Design solutions focusing on high-yield challenges
Solve complex problems
Work of serving public schools is generational

Process

All Alignment teams form in response to a request made by RPS205. All teams are chaired by a school district administrator and vice chaired by a community leader. Each team follows the same process cycle, and each phase is comprised of multiple steps. Click here to view the Alignment Process. 

“A stronger economy means a better quality of life for everyone. Rockford Public Schools and hundreds of community volunteers are ALL IN for success. Together, we’re changing the future, and we need you.”
The Mission

The Mission

Welcome to Alignment Rockford! Alignment Rockford is a public school support organization.
We employ a process to design and pilot tactical solutions in areas
of greatest strategic need for Rockford Public Schools.

WHO WE ARE

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.

WHAT WE SEE

Alignment Rockford envisions all students graduating from high school with marketable employment skills and enrolling in post-secondary education and training. They are eager to live, work, learn, create, and play in the Rockford Region as contributing adults.

COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Collective impact is a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

PRINCIPLES

  • Focus on those with the greatest need first
  • Target academics and the whole child
  • Comprehensive and multifaceted approach

PURPOSE

  • Enable children to succeed
  • Align with the school district’s strategic priorities
  • Design solutions focusing on high-yield challenges
  • Solve complex problems
  • Work of serving public schools is multi-generational

A Big Thank You!

Supporting Partners

“Alignment Rockford’s support continues to grow, and we’re making significant improvements in Rockford Public Schools. That’s no coincidence. Alignment Rockford is helping RPS 205 realize its vision to be the first choice for all families.”

~Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent, Rockford Public Schools

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ALL IN

ALL IN

Alignment Rockford (AR) teams explore and implement best practices to change the way we “do” public school in Rockford. AR teams are focused on aligning existing resources to improve student achievement and raise graduation rates. This collaborative, strategic process ensures we have the workforce to support our community’s future needs. A stronger economy means a better quality of life for everyone.

Meet The Faces

Meet The Faces

We are making positive changes in the school system, which means
we are making positive changes in the lives of our students
- Chad Moe

Lives We've Touched

“This experience helped to reaffirm my mind about choosing my future career, while at the same time it help me to open my eyes to new exciting careers.”

Quotes from

RPS 205 students

“I have a better understanding with my tutor because he has easier ways of helping me do my math.”

Quotes from

RPS 205 students

“I liked being able to look into other careers that I never thought would interest me. It changed my mind about a lot of decisions.”

Quotes from

RPS 205 students

“I love that I could ask questions about the career path I was interested in, and they could answer based on their experiences.”

Quotes from

RPS 205 students

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Volunteers are needed to support our work to align community
resources to the greatest strategic needs of the schools.

  • 1

    Make Donation

    Alignment Rockford is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Illinois corporation. We are funded in part by the Rockford Public Schools, Winnebago County, corporate and private contributions, and grants.

    DONATE
  • 2

    Become a Volunteer

    There are many ways to get involved with Alignment Rockford! Volunteers are needed to support our work to align community resources to the greatest strategic needs of the schools.

    VOLUNTEER
  • 3

    Discover A-Teams

    The work of Alignment Rockford is organized and conducted by Alignment teams, or A-Teams. These specialized teams are lead by community members and District 205 management who bring a diversity of expertise and a passion for public education.

    LEARN MORE
Contact Us

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in Alignment Rockford

Email

admin@alignmentrockford.com

Address

815 N. Church Street Suite 201
Rockford, Illinois 61103

Phone

(779) 774-4389

What is an ITP™?

Each Alignment Rockford Alignment Team is charged with developing a Tactical Plan that engages a wide range of community organizations in an effort to improve outcomes for Rockford’s children and youth. Once the Tactical Plan is developed, the Alignment Team then issues an Invitation to Participate™ or ITP™, which describes resources that are needed from the community. Community organizations are asked to respond to the ITP if they would like to be part of the collaboration. ITP™ responses are reviewed by teams during bi-weekly or monthly meetings. 

Once your organization is registered, take a few minutes to review the ITP™ listings below. If your organization would like to participate in one or more of these collaborative initiatives, please follow the instructions included in the ITP™ and submit your response. You will be contacted by either AR staff or an A-Team member once the Alignment Team has reviewed your response.

Submission Requirements

  • Organizations who submit a proposal in response to an ITP™ must agree to the following statements of intent and conditions:
  • This will be a collaborative effort. To achieve the goals of AR, organizations will need to work together to provide services.
  • While there are currently no financial resources to support the effort in the short-term, AR intends to seek significant resources to support successful models for collaboration and delivery.
  • Your organization may need to redirect resources, personnel and otherwise, to participate in the initiative.
  • Alignment Rockford has a small staff and is also supported by leadership from RPS205. These resources will be used where feasible to support your efforts.
  • Your organization agrees to report resources contributed to committee work quarterly, using AR forms and processes.
  • Your organization will be asked to provide process and output information (i.e. services actually provided, number of students served, student demographics, sites, etc.) on an annual basis.

Open ITPs™

We don’t have any open ITPs right now! Come back later or sign up for our emails to get ITP alerts! To read more on the Academy Expo, click here

The Capstone initiative is underway! Students are currently working on their capstone projects. If you’d like to be involved in the discussion panel at the end of the capstone projects, click here. To learn more about the Capstone Initiative, click here.  

Our Connected Families team is a subcommittee of the Healthy Starts Team that works to provide resources for families with children from 0-5 years. The Single Point of Entry tactic is in its second phase. The team is looking for people who might be interested in hosting a kiosk for a website that families can find the contact information for resources they need in the Rockford area. If you are interested in registering as a site host, click here. For more information on the SPOE initiative, click here

The Curriculum Design Team seeks community members to assist RPS 205 in developing real-world, relevant learning experiences to enhance the curriculum. This pilot is specifically seeking community partners to share perspective in how Rockford makes a living in both past and present, and how the community is working to improve Rockford. The goal of the pilot is to create integrated learning experiences connecting math and literacy skills, benefiting roughly 1,800 3rd grade students. If you are interested in registering to be involved with Curriculum Design, click here. To learn more about the initiative, click here

Our Job Shadow Team asked industry partners in the Rockford area to provide a 4-hour job shadow experience for East High School Students. Currently in it’s pilot phase, there are 2 dates left! If you’d like to host a job shadow for the next date, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the Job Shadow Initiative, click here.

Our Stay-N-Play Team is a subcommittee of the Healthy Starts Team that works to provide resources for families with children from 0-5 years. Like Connected Families, the Stay-N-Play initiative is in its second phase of implementation. Right now, providers are working with families from The Grove and Fairgrounds housing facilities to provide playtime sessions that encourage parent/child interaction. If you are interested in hosting a play session at one or both locations, please register here. If you’d like to know more about Phase II of the Stay-N-Play Pilot, click here

Why Get Involved?

Benefits to Participating Organizations

Participation in the Alignment Rockford Collaborative Process for Community Engagement provides organizations with the following benefits:

  • Improvements in outcomes for all Rockford Public Schools’ children, particularly those who need additional support to realize their potential.
  • Opportunities to contribute in areas in which you have specific skills and capacities.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and for building individual agency capacity.
  • Data and measurable results to support outcome reporting to funding agencies.
  • The opportunity to be a partner with a city-wide initiative to redesign, elevate, and increase the effectiveness of the delivery of services to Rockford Public Schools’ children.
  • The ability to work directly with Rockford Public Schools (RPS), and to establish a strong relationship with key administrators and teachers.
  • The opportunity to receive matching funds through grant requests by AR to foundations and other sources of support.
  • Your organization’s contribution of resources to the work of AR will enhance your potential to be a recipient of related funding.