Road Map Consortium Race to the Top District Grant
May 28, 2013
Issue No.1
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It is with much excitement that we launch the first e-newsletter of the Race to the Top District Grant for the Road Map Consortium! We will use this forum to keep everyone well-informed about grant projects, share updates, and solicit feedback on implementation. Please share this e-newsletter with others and click "Join Our Mailing List" to the left!

How We Got Here

Last fall, seven school districts in King County (Auburn, Highline, Seattle, Tukwila, Federal Way, Kent and Renton) teamed up with hundreds of partners to apply for the Race to the Top District grant (RTT-D). We were declared a winner of a $40 million grant in December, and are now moving into the implementation phase. The Puget Sound Educational Service District was the lead applicant and is responsible for overall project management of the grant.


Soon after winning the grant, stakeholders from across the community were invited to nominate individuals to be part of an Executive Committee for the RTT-D grant. The Executive Committee has important key roles, the first being overall grant implementation and making sure that we are staying on track. The second larger piece is managing our investment fund projects, which allow districts to create proposals to access resources to support certain pieces of work.  Finally, the Executive Committee will monitor the overall performance of the grant and recommend mid-course corrections when they are needed.


For more information click the links below to be redirected to the RTT-D video updates:

Executive Committee Position Filled- 
Vu Le
Vu Le has been elected as the second Community Partner representative on the Race to the Top Executive Committee.

RTT Exec. Committee Vu Le is the Executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), which provides academic, leadership, and community engagement programs for low-income immigrant and refugee youth and families, Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese. Vu also chairs the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), a collaboration of schools, community-based organizations, educators, and other stakeholders working to improve schools in Southeast Seattle. 

He served on the City of Seattle's Families and Education Levy Advisory Committee. Vu graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Psychology and Social Work.

To learn more about the Executive Committee click here.
Region Featured in Prominent National Education Newspaper 
School community partnerships in White Center and Kent East Hill were highlighted in a recent article in Education Week. Our unique approach to community partnerships was one of the many reasons that our region was awarded the highest possible grant of $40 million. 


Click Here to Read the Article  



Higher Poverty in America's Suburbs than Cities

As outlined in a recent Seattle Times article, findings from a study conducted by the Brookings Institute indicate America's suburbs have higher concentrations of poverty than the cities. This trend is occurring for the first time in history and has lasted over a decade so far. In the analysis, the South King County region was noted as "'one of the most eye-opening places.'"
Stay Tuned!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read the first Race to the Top Grant e-newsletter! The next e-newsletter will be released in June.

Questions or Ideas for future e-newsletter topics?