December 4, 2013
Issue No.14
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates

12/6 Deep Dive 3 Learning Session #2

12/9 White Center Education Initiative Meeting

12/10 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Kent Deep Dive 2)

12/12 Project 6 Call for Presenters Deadline

12/13 Deep Dive 3 Final Day to Ask Questions About RFP

12/17 Project 5 Task Force Meeting

12/19 Executive Committee Meeting

12/20 Deep Dive 3 Proposals Due

Quick Links

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 are excited to share some details about some of the progress Race to the Top has made this fall! The Executive Committee awarded $1.5 million to districts for college and career readiness efforts. We have issued a Call for Presenters for counselor professional development. Finally, a series of College Goal Washington events coming this January will assist students and families in filing the FAFSA.

$1.5 Million in College and Career Readiness Grants Awarded to Districts
At its November meeting, the Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee approved preliminary awards of $1.5 million to districts for the Project 8 Investment Fund for College and Career Readiness. Congratulations to the districts for their hard work in achieving this accomplishment! Districts will use these funds to strengthen course rigor and increase the variety of college and career ready courses available to better prepare their students for college and career.

For more information on this round of awards, please click here. For more information on this Stay Strong project, please see the Project 8 page on our website.

Call for Presenters Released for Counselor Professional Development
We have released a Call for Presenters to solicit professional development for counselors as part of Race to the Top's Project 6: Create an Integrated System of Middle and High School Advising. Project 6 aims to increase college and career readiness by strengthening the region's counseling and advising system in the region's high-need high schools and feeder middle schools.

We are looking for exceptional presenters to lead professional development workshops for middle and high school guidance counselors during spring semester 2014. We seek presenters to support an intentional focus on racial equity in education.

For more information, please see the RFP on our Project 6 page, or contact Jennie Flaming, Program Manager for College and Career Readiness.

College Goal Washington Events Help Students Complete the FAFSA
In January and February, College Goal Washington events will help students and their families to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and better understand the steps needed to receive funding for college.

All events are staffed by volunteers to help students and families fill out the FAFSA and apply for other forms of financial aid. Financial aid experts will be on hand to answer questions, and some events include scholarship information. The events last from 1.5 to 5 hours. The FAFSA may be completed in as little as 30 minutes, but enough time is allowed to give students the assistance needed. The FAFSA is the single-most important application for financial aid. It is required for most scholarships, grants, and loans.

College Goal Washington is a program of Road Map to College, an annual campaign of events in Seattle and South King County to support students in navigating the college enrollment process. Lead partners include the Road Map Project, Seattle College Access Network, South King County College Access Network and many districts and schools. For more information, please click here.

College Goal Washington FAFSA Completion Events:
1/7 Kentridge High School 2-6 pm
1/7 Mount Rainier High School 4-7 pm
1/8 Tyee Educational Complex 4-7 pm
1/8 Federal Way High School 6 pm
1/9 Highline High School 2:15-7 pm
1/9 Birch Creek Youth Center 2:30-6 pm
1/9 Foster High School 5-7 pm
1/9 Chief Sealth International High School 6-7:30 pm
1/11 Auburn High School 10 am-1 pm
1/11 Seattle Public Library: Lake City Branch 1-6 pm
1/12 Tyee Educational Complex 1-4 pm
1/13 Franklin High School 2:30-6:30 pm
1/13 Thomas Jefferson High School 6-8 pm
1/14 Lindbergh High School 2:30-6:30 pm
1/15 Kentwood High School 2:30-7 pm
1/15 Renton High School 6-8 pm
1/16 Cleveland High School 2:30-6 pm
1/16 Hazen High School 2:30-6:30 pm
1/16 Auburn Riverside High School 6:30-8 pm
1/18 Auburn Mountainview High School 8:30 am-noon
1/22 Roosevelt High School 6:30-8:30 pm
1/23 West Seattle High School 6-7:30 pm
1/25 Seattle Public Library: Rainier Beach Branch 2-6 pm
1/29 New Start High School 2-5:30 pm
1/30 Kent Meridian High School 3-6 pm
2/1 Seattle Public Library: West Seattle Branch 1-6 pm
2/5 New Start High School 2-5:30 pm
2/11 Rainier Beach High School 5-8 pm

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!

Stay Tuned!
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