January 9, 2014
Issue No.16
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates

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

1/13 Commitment 3: Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Task Force Meeting

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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As we mark the beginning of 2014, we are pleased to share information about the Literacy Design Collaborative. We are also eager to congratulate Seattle Public Schools for a recent award received for their Family Connectors University. Finally, applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of participants in Fred Hutchinson's Science Education Partnership program. Best wishes for a fantastic year!

Register Now for Literacy Design Collaborative Common Core Profession Development
Road Map/Race to the Top teachers of grades 4-12, instructional coaches, and administrators are invited to register now for the summer Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) cohort which will be held June 23 & 24 and Oct 10. This opportunity will help address how to transition to the new ELA Common Core standards across the subject areas.

The LDC is grant funded, so there is no cost for registration. Teachers will leave the June session with a module that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for literacy, which they will be expected to teach in September and return with student work to analyze in mid-October.
LDC offers a teachers a planning framework that helps:  engage students in reading, comprehending, analyzing, interpreting, and responding to complex texts in all disciplines; hardwire assignments to the literacy Common Core standards across content areas; promotes collaboration between teachers, students, and administration; personalize learning; and ensures that all students can be college and career ready.

For more information on how the LDC supports Common Core, click here. Please feel free to contact Michelle Lewis, Puget Sound ESD Director of School Improvement - Literacy, if you have any questions.

Seattle Public Schools' Family Connectors University Receives National Award
Seattle Public Schools was recently awarded the 2013 Partnership District Award for family and community engagement by Johns Hopkins University, in part for the district's Family Connectors University program.  

The Family Connectors University is a ten-week training program, provided in partnership with Seattle University, and is designed to provide families with skills and knowledge to strengthen meaningful school-family partnerships in Seattle Public Schools. For two hours every week, parents from schools throughout the district attend a class taught by expert facilitators. Upon completion of the program, the parents-called Family Connectors-are able to teach the same classes to other parents at their own schools on a volunteer basis.

Objectives of the program include increasing parents' access and understanding of school and district policies, and building the capacity of families to work as equal partners in the education of their children.

For more information on the award, please click here. For information on participating in the program, please click here.

Applications Open for Fred Hutchinson's Science Education Partnership program 
Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of participants in the Science Education Partnership program.

The Science Education Partnership is a professional development program for secondary school science teachers in Washington State sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The program aims to establish long-term partnerships between teachers and the life sciences research community. Through workshops and a science mentor program, teachers learn laboratory research and current topics and techniques in biology, and scientists hone their teaching skills and learn more about how science is taught in middle and high school classrooms. The mentorship program is unique in that the partner scientists are directly involved in setting up the partnerships. Each spring, each participating scientist selects a teacher to work with from the applicant pool and the two work together to design a research experience that is mutually satisfying and tailored to the individual interests of the teacher.

  • keep a laboratory notebook, prepare a curriculum project, and participate in program evaluation;
  • are usually responsible for any lodging and food expenses, as well as transportation to and from Seattle;
  • have districts who have committed one day of release time, or equivalent, as evidence of support for their application;
  • receive a $500 stipend for their training;
  • may earn 5 hours of graduate level credit (at low cost) through the UW Department of Genome Sciences, or 50 clock hours through WSTA, upon completion of all program requirements; and
  • receive ongoing access to kits, resources, technical support, and surplus lab supplies.

For more information, please see the Science Education Partnership website. To apply, 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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