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Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Culture of Collective Impact & 3rd Grade Reading

Last fall, the Collective Impact Project team hosted the first of a series of workshops to help our community identify to apply the collective impact approach to a complex social issue.  The team partnered with Tamarack Institute to facilitate the process and help build local capacity.  Five priority areas were considered:  poverty reduction, employment & workforce development, community safety, healthy living, and education.  Utilizing a “dotmacracy” voting process, education emerged with the most votes at the October 2017 workshop.

On June 5, 2018, we held a workshop that addressed both this Collective Impact as well as how the community can use Collective impact methods to provide excellent education to all our children from cradle to career.  Utilizing the community’s transformation plan and metrics, third-grade reading emerged as the keystone outcome for ensuring every child is reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.

Rockford Public Schools District 205, Alignment Rockford, and NICNE (Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence) grade level reading and other statistics, current curriculum programs in place to improve outcomes in the classroom, and challenges related to student success.  With the help of community members and other stakeholders, Sylvia Cheuy (Tamarack Institute) facilitated conversations about collaborative governance, community innovation, and community engagement. Click Here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the workshop. To learn more about this collective impact effort, please contact Alignment Rockford at


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2018 Rockford Leadership Alliance

Rockford Leadership Alliance (RLA) is a focused, thematic leadership development program designed for business executives and high potential leaders in the Rockford region. RLA’s annual focus is oriented towards addressing critical leadership gaps identified in the Rockford business community.

The foundation for the experience is a six-session workshop series, starting in September of the year, complete with intense and intentional content, meaningful and actionable take-aways, skilled facilitators and peer learning.

Building on past topics of Trust & Organizational Health, the focus will turn to Accountability in 2018/2019. The program with kick off with a half-day workshop with Best-Selling Author Joseph Grenny and focus on his book Crucial Accountability.

To learn more and register please visit

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2018 Global Leadership Summit

You have influence and the ability to positively impact your community and world. No matter where your influence is—in your family, school, work or church—when you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins! Join 445,000+ people around the world for two days of world-class leadership training.

Experience this event in our region at:

ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY 5050 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108.

Register Today at WILLOWCREEK.COM/SUMMIT or by calling 800-570-9812


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Leadership Rockford 2018

Designed to provide a holistic understanding of the Rockford community, Leadership Rockford is an 8-month program suitable for emerging leaders, leaders new to the community, or leaders eager to become more involved in the Rockford region. Members of the class represent a wide range of backgrounds, organizations, and levels of experience. The diversity of the class forms a dynamic cross-section of personal and professional viewpoints and perspectives.

Whether a life-long resident of the community or a newcomer, Leadership Rockford provides each participant with an in-depth understanding of the local community, including its history, opportunities and successes.

The mission of Leadership Rockford is to build leadership skills and enhance awareness of business, government and civic issues through interaction and direct involvement with business and community leaders.

To learn more and register, please visit

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Check out the new Great Neighborhoods Website!

The Great Neighborhoods project engages neighborhoods to focus on the assets that they have and to begin mapping them. Every neighborhood has attributes that make it a Great Neighborhood; things that make it great, unique, and desirable. Every neighborhood also has some challenges. We want to help recognize the good, and help you work with others to make what is good even greater, and work to resolve some of the challenges. It’s part of a mutual benefit that goes beyond an individual neighborhood and makes our community even greater. We have recently launched a website dedicated to the Great Neighborhoods project and includes many useful resources including a Resource Guide and a Neighborhood Directory. Please visit the Great Neighborhoods site at