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Impact of Community and Education Collaboration


As community engagement coordinator for Alignment Rockford I had the privilege of attending site visits last week with RPS205 teachers and sophomores. Until I actually attended my first visit to Larson & Darby Group with 25 East High School students interested in architecture, I wondered if I was more excited than the students would be. It soon

The Power of the Volunteer


Today we hosted a meeting for the businesses who are participating in Sophomore Site Visits. Over 55 local businesses are hosting 10th graders for an interactive tour and discussion at their place of business this spring. Alignment Rockford aligns community resources to the needs of the Rockford Public Schools. A new College and Career Readiness

Relationships vs. Authority


This morning in our College Readiness A-Team meeting, we discussed how to scale up a program that is taking place at Lincoln Middle School. Started by employees of UTAS, this mentor/tutor program focuses on working with 6th through 8th grade students to increase their math skills. Currently students are taken out of math class for

Nashville Visit to Rockford


Melissa Jaggers, Associate Executive Director of Alignment Nashville, visited Rockford today and attended our Academy Expo team meeting. Her blog, below, perfectly captures the essence of the Alignment model. Rockford Pathways A-Team meeting – Rock Valley College This morning, I was privileged to be able to attend the Alignment Rockford Academy Expo Alignment Team (A-Team)

Visits to the Hospital, Jail


On July 31 I spent the day in the hospital, and on August 7 I spent the day in jail – all to support Rockford Public School teachers! Alignment Rockford support RPS205 by designing solutions around the District’s greatest strategic needs. One question posed by the District was how do we continue to support and provide

A Note from the Executive Director: Where We are Today


“You’re the new Executive Director of Alignment Rockford? What happened to Mike Schablaske?!” “No, no,” I respond. “You’re thinking of Transform Rockford. I’m with Alignment Rockford. We focus on solution design and connecting the community to Rockford Public Schools in support of their strategic plan.” This conversation took place too often as I transitioned from

A Day in the Life


Tuesday of this week a group of RPS 205 students experienced a day in the life of a UTC Aerospace Systems employee. Alignment Rockford’s Pathways team launched a job shadow pilot program for students with the help of RPS teachers. Last week teachers went on a similar job shadow experience to shape the day for students. Students were paired

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Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert the negatives into positives!

Today we celebrate #WorldsMathsDay by looking at a positive communitywide initiative that is in full bloom! Our Ready to Learn initiative is in motion to prepare our youngest residents to be ready for kindergarten. Even though this year brought many challenges, we have found ways to convert them into positives.

If you think you are a great fit to positively impact our community as well, volunteer today!

For more information about Alignment Rockford or to get involved, contact Executive Director Anisha Grimmett at

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Teacher Appreciation 2021 ...

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