October 30, 2013
Issue No.12
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
11/1 Deadline for Nominations for Road Map Project Awards Program

11/8 Executive Committee Meeting

11/8 Final Day to Have Questions about Project 3B RFP Answered Online 

Puget Sound Equity Summit 

11/12 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting  

11/18 White Center Education Initiative 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 had a productive October! Work on Race to the Top's Project 4, to expand the effective use of digital STEM tools, has been building steam. In addition, DiscoverU day was a huge success and received great reviews from the most important participants -- the students!   
DiscoverU a Great Success!
Wednesday, October 16, was DiscoverU, a special day for the region's students. The day built great excitement around college and career exploration across Seattle and South King County. As part of this regional event sponsored by the Road Map Project, students of all ages were encouraged to think about their interests and reflect on their futures.

Feedback from students was fantastic, with 275 schools in the Road Map Region engaging in a range of activities to build a college-going culture across the region. Staff across these schools wore their college gear and shared stories about their education and career pathways. Students in elementary, middle and high schools engaged in a 10-15 minute college and career exploration activity during the school day. In addition, community-based organizations also participated in DiscoverU and carrying the message into after-school programming. For additional information about reaction to the day's activities, please click here

For information on related work by the counselor assistants made possible by funds from Race to the Top's Project 6, click the video below. 


DiscoverU Global Connections High School 
DiscoverU Global Connections High School
As part of Race to the Top's Project 7, thousands of students participated in the College Board assessments -- PSAT, SAT and ReadiStep -- on October 16 as part of DiscoverU day.
In a recent piece in the Tukwila Reporter Columnist, Tukwila School District Supertintendant Dr. Nancy Coogan highlighted the importance of such testing being made available to all the students at Foster High School in Tukwila. She noted that not only is completing the SAT a significant step toward college enrollment, but that the testing "inherently asks each high school student to imagine their future - and not only that, to imagine a future in which college is within their reach". For the full article, click here. For more information on Project 7 and other Stay Strong projects, please click here.

STEM Work in Road Map Region Builds Through October
In support of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology designated October Connected Educator Month. Throughout the month, educators across the country have had opportunities to participate in online events, build personal learning networks, and earn digital badges by demonstrating technology skills. (For more information, please click here.)

This emphasis on the national level has complemented recent work on Race to the Top's Project 4. We will release an RFP by October 31, with online information sessions for potential bidders scheduled for November 4 and the application window closing for screening to begin on December 2. For more information on Project 4 and other STEM Strong activities, please click here.


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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