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Alignment Rockford's mission is to coordinate community resources in order to raise student achievement, improve the health and happiness of our children, and advance the economic and social well-being of our community.

In 2009, Rockford Illinois adopted the practices of Alignment Nashville and formed Alignment Rockford. The Alignment Rockford model has proven to be extremely valuable in their community.  Since its inception, Alignment Rockford has already made an indelible mark on public education. Perhaps the most fundamental accomplishment is the dramatic rise in community awareness of education's challenges and opportunities, and the resulting engagement in the Alignment process of fostering real change.

In 2012, the Rockford public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to transform all of Rockford's high schools into career and thematic academies. Motivated by interactions with Ford Next Generation Learning, Alignment Nashville, and participation in The Academies of Nashville Study Visits, Rockford, Illinois is transforming its high schools into the College & Career Academies of Rockford. Rockford's four comprehensive high schools are establishing academies with multiple pathways in each academy. Academy students now have the opportunity to participate in dual enrollment courses where they earn college credit in high school, and to earn industry-recognized credentials to certify career readiness. Pathways within each academy vary from school to school, based on employment needs and the interests of students and families. By fall 2014 all Rockford Public Schools high schools – with a total enrollment of about 5,000 students – will be wall-to-wall academies.

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

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