October 15, 2013
Issue No.11
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
10/15 Read to Succeed Work Team Meeting

10/15 Project 8 RFP Due

10/16 DiscoverU Day

10/18 Executive Committee Meeting

10/21-22 Bridge from School to Afterschool and Back Conference - UW

11/1 Deadline for Nominations for Road Map Project Awards Program

11/8 Executive Committee Meeting

11/18 Project 3B RFP Due 


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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 have begun an exciting time this week with DiscoverU! DiscoverU and its related events are providing a special focus on college and career exploration and readiness in our region. Details and registration instructions for the upcoming Educator Workshop, "Infectious Inquiry", have been announced. In addition, nominations are being sought for the Road Map Region Awards Program. 

DiscoverU and Race to the Top Support Region's Focus on College and Career 
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 16 is DiscoverU, a day to focus on college and career exploration across Seattle and South King County. As part of DiscoverU, students of all ages will think about their interests and reflect on their futures. This effort includes 275 schools in the seven Road Map districts. As part of DiscoverU, all school staff will wear college gear, educators will share their education or career pathway, and every student will participate in a 10-15 minute college and career exploration activity during the school day. Community organizations are also participating in DiscoverU and carrying the message into after-school programming.

Additionally, as part of Project 7 of the region's Race to the Top grant, DiscoverU day is allowing thousands of students to participate in the College Board assessments -- PSAT, SAT and ReadiStep -- for free and in school this fall, removing all barriers to admission testing. 18,914 students in Race to the Top schools will take these assessments for free on October 16, as a result of Race to the Top. 

Educator Workshop: Infectious Inquiry

Right on the heels of the welcome news regarding our state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, we are excited to announce an upcoming training opportunity at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This evening workshop on January 28th will give participants the opportunity to dive into connections between exciting advancements in global health and the content and practices in the new standards.

Offered jointly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center and Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (with sponsorship support from the Amgen Foundation), this training will provide attendees with resources, lessons plans, educator clock hours and valuable information on field trips (including access to bus funding). This free event includes dinner, conversations with global health specialists, a tour the Visitor Center and the ability to schedule spring field trips to the Seattle BioMed BioQuest program and the Visitor Center.

The workshop and related field trips are designed to support the STEM Strong and Stay Strong aims of Race to the Top. Priority registration for RoadMap region middle and high school educators will begin on November 5th. To register, visit the program calendar on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center website.

Where: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
When: Tuesday, January 28th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, reception and dinner included.
Registration:  Opens Tuesday, November 5th (limited to 60 middle- and high-school teachers)
Questions:  visitorcenterstaff@gatesfoundation.org or 206.709.3100 ext. 7100

Nominations Sought for Road Map Project Awards Program
Do you know of an effort that is working to advance equity and close the opportunity gap in the South Seattle and South King County region? Make sure it's considered in the Road Map Project Awards Program!

The Road Map Project Awards Program has a collaborative focus that makes it very different than most other award programs. Instead of honoring one individual or one organization for the work they are doing, this awards program will recognize and honor the great work being done through collaboration. By elevating great work, the program aims to encourage the adoption and spread of successful efforts across the region. Awardees will receive national and regional visibility through Road Map Project networks, as well as other potential awards.

The nomination period closes Nov. 1. To learn more, please visit www.roadmapproject.org/awards.

Please visit the Race to the Top Website!
Please remember to share the Road Map Region Race to the Top website with friends and colleagues! We regularly update content and add new resources. To access the website click here!

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