ROC the Future
Collaborative Action Networks (CAN)
ROC the Future is an alliance of over 50 leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners dedicated to ensuring that all children receive the opportunities and support they need to succeed in school and throughout life. ROC the Future promotes community collaboration, alignment, and the focused use of resources to improve the academic achievement of Rochester’s children.
The first focus of ROC the Future is third-grade literacy, building on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, which prioritizes three areas: 1) school readiness, 2) attendance, and 3) expanded learning opportunities.
Convener organizations are listed below. More than 30 additional partners participate in 1 or more of our collaborative action networks.
Action for a Better Community
The Bonadio Group
Center for Governmental Research*
The Children’s Agenda*
The Children's Institute*
City of Rochester
Greater Rochester Quality Council*
Healthy Baby Network
Ibero American Action League
Monroe Community College
Rochester Area Community Foundation*
Rochester Business Alliance
Rochester City School Board
Rochester City School District
Rochester Education Foundation
Rochester Public Library
The United Way
*Provides backbone staff support
ROC the Future’s collaborative action networks work to improve report card indicators. To join one of our collaborative action networks contact the network facilitator:
Perinatal Network – Sherita Bullock Sherita@healthy-baby.net
School Readiness Network – Dirk Hightower firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance Initiative Network– Jerome Underwood Jerome.email@example.com
Expanding Learning Opportunities Network/GRASA – Mairead Hartmann MHartmann@racf.org
College Access Network – Pat Braus firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on ROC the Future go to rocthefuture.org
ROC The Future is part of StriveTogether, a national network of communities supporting the success of every child from cradle to career by focusing on a locally defined common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities, and mobilizing resources for backbone functions to increase equity and achieve collective impact.