December 18, 2013
Issue No.15
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates

12/18 OSPI CCR Webinar - English Language Arts

12/19 Executive Committee Meeting

12/19 OSPI CCR Webinar - Next Generation Science Standards

12/20 Deep Dive 3 Proposals Due

1/8 OSPI CCR Webinar - District/Building Leadership

1/13 White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 2)

1/14 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

1/23 Executive Committee Meeting

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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 some exciting news as we near winter break! A common Kindergarten registration date was recently agreed to by all seven Road Map region districts for the first time ever! In addition, Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas from Kent has been named the Washington State Superintendent of the Year. Finally, a recent blog by Trise Moore of Federal Way was featured in the Seattle Times and highlighted some important facets of parent engagement.

Common Kindergarten Registration Start Date Announced
We are happy to announce that all seven Road Map Districts have agreed to participate in a common Kindergarten registration start date in January, along with a coordinated outreach campaign! This is the first of many exciting collaboration efforts across the region to align PreK-3rd grade work, which is supported by Race to the Top.
While each district will continue to have unique events and procedures for enrollment, the joint outreach campaign about registration for Kindergarten being open is expected to result in a number of benefits:  earlier registration dates allow for districts to engage families earlier and connect with early learning providers as partners; common dates can be easily shared with pediatricians, early learning providers and other community-based organizations to assist with culturally and linguistically responsive communication; and shared dates allow for leveraging of resources and a consistent message to families.

For additional information about PreK-3rd grade activities, please see our Start Strong page.

Dr. Edward Lee Vargas from Kent Named Washington State's Superintendent of the Year
Superintendent Dr. Edward Lee Vargas of the Kent School District was recently named the 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA). This honor recognizes the outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents who lead our public schools.

Vargas served as superintendent in several large urban school districts in California, New Mexico, and Texas before becoming superintendent of the Kent School District in 2009. For more information, please see the associated press release on the WASA website. Congratulations, Dr. Vargas!

Parent Engagement a Featured Topic on Seattle Times' Education Lab 
Trise Moore, Family & Community Partnership Director for Federal Way Public Schools, was recently a featured contributor to the Seattle Times' Education Lab blog.
Education Lab is a yearlong project to spark conversations about education solutions in the region.

The need for meaningful parent involvment in schools was stressed in the piece, and several ways forward were suggested, including: community organizations and leaders helping school staff engage a culturally diverse student population; parents connecting with their child's teacher before problems become apparent; and teachers using positive and proactive efforts early in the school year to engage parents. For the full piece, please visit Education Lab.

Parent engagement is an important focus of Race to the Top's Deep Dive 3 Investment Fund to Develop Additional Community-School Partnerships. This Investment Fund is used to allow districts to create intensive school and community partnerships to turn around academic performance in high needs schools. For more information about Deep Dive 3, please visit our Deep Dive 3 page.

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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