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Katy Haun and Earl Wilsey talk Expo on the morning news

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September 4, 2018

This year, Alignment Rockford will host its 7th Annual Academy Expo on October 24th. The Expo is an event that provides an opportunity for all Rockford Public Schools’ 9th graders to engage with area businesses to explore potential career opportunities and helps forge a relevant link between student curriculum and future careers. The event also helps students to make an Academy selection in January for their freshman year. 

Katy – Alignment Rockford Operations Manager, and Earl Wilsey – Academy Expo Team Co-lead, VP or Schmeling Construction, were on Eyewitness News this morning to talk about the Expo and publicly ask businesses to sign up as an Industry Expert. 

As an Industry Expert you will meet with 9th grade Rockford Public School students represent and discuss your career with them. This will help 9th grade students make an informed decision on their College and Career Academy selection for 10th grade. 

If your business is interested in signing up as an Industry Expert, please click the button below! 

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Building a System of Change

Alignment Rockford’s strategy for success is built on the following elements.

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.

Mission
Alignment Rockford’s 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.

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.

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