August 7, 2013
Issue No.6
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
8/9 Project 8 Info Session #1

8/26 Project 1 RFP Due

8/28 Project 8 Collaboration Session

9/9 Project 8 Letters of Intent Due

9/11 Project 8 Info Session #2
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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant

In 2012, seven King County, Washington, school districts joined forces and won $40 million in federal Race to the Top funds. The participating school districts are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The districts dubbed themselves The Road Map District Consortium, a reference to their participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort in South Seattle and South King County to drive major educational improvement with a focus on personalized learning.

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We recently held our Road Map Region Race to the Top PreK-3rd Kickoff Event, elected new Executive Committee members, and released the Project 8 College and Career Readiness Investment Fund RFP. We are excited as we continue to build momentum; please continue to pass along this e-newsletter to interested friends and colleagues! 
PreK-3rd Grade District Teams Kickoff Work!  

On August 1st, we held a kickoff event for PreK-3rd Grade district leadership teams. The goal was to galvanize the seven district teams to develop a shared understanding of the importance of early learning investments and how we want to shape this work. Teams included a variety of participants, including teachers, principals, early learning administrators and community-based organizations.


Nationally recognized PreK-3rd Grade consultant and University of Washington Research Assistant Professor Kristie Kauerz shared shared advice on how to use the Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches, which Kauerz coauthored with Julia Coffman. The event also provided some time and space for district teams to plan. Testimonials of community involvement in PreK-3 efforts may be found here.   

Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee Elects New Members   

Three new Education Association representatives joined the Road Map Race to the Top Executive Committee on August 2nd. As outlined in the grant application, the Road Map District Consortium is overseen by a nine-person Executive Committee. This group is comprised of three school district leaders, two at-large community members and three Education Association members to represent union leadership. The three new Executive Committee members are:  Jason Brown (Federal Way); Dianne Jordan (Auburn); and Jonathan Knapp (Seattle). We thank outgoing Committee members Connie Compton (Kent), Stacie Hawkins (Highline) and Phyllis Silling (Renton) for their service.  


Project 8 Investment Fund RFP Released  

The Project 8: College and Career Readiness Investment Fund RFP has been posted. Project 8 creates an investment fund that Road Map Region Race to the Top districts may access to strengthen course rigor and increase the variety of college and career readiness courses available to their students. Examples may include training teachers to offer more AP courses, providing an IB program, expanding high-quality career certificate programs, dual language programs, or development of applied STEM learning opportunities. 


We have finalized the schedule of information and collaboration sessions for Project 8, which will take place on the following dates and times:  August 9th from 1-3 PM (Information Session at Educare at White Center); August 28th from 9-11 AM (Collaboration Session at PSESD); and September 11th from 10 AM-Noon (Information Session at PSESD).

Please visit the Race to the Top Website!
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