January 22, 2014
Issue No.17
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1/23 Executive Committee Meeting

2/13 Commitment 3: Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Task Force Meeting

2/20 Executive Committee Meeting

2/25 Deep Dive 1: Read To Succeed Work Team 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 are excited to announce preliminary grants made to districts for PreK - 3rd grade systems! In addition, we are pleased to share news that the Road Map ELL Work Group has completed the first version of its Action Plan. Finally, congratulations to Kent School district, whose innovative iGrad program was recently featured in the Seattle Times!

$1.2 Million in PreK - 3rd Grade Systems Grants Awarded to Districts
The Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee recently approved preliminary awards of $1.2 million in Investment Funds for Project 3B (PreK - 3rd Grade Systems) to districts participating in the consortium. Congratulations to the districts for their hard work in achieving this accomplishment!

The Project 3B investment fund allows districts to strengthen the regional PreK-3rd Grade System. Projects:  align with the district's PreK-3 system-building action plan; identify measures of kindergarten readiness, early literacy or early math skills; improve the instructional core and build leadership capacity; involve authentic community partnerships; and implement culturally competent strategies designed to meet the needs of students of color, special education, immigrant students and English Language Learners.

In line with this focus, the Race to the Top PreK-3rd Grade Team recently presented the first in a series of spotlight videos which are being created in an effort to share forward thinking and replicable initiatives across the Road Map Region.  The first of these videos highlights Meadow Crest, a progressive early learning school in Renton School District that houses Head Start, ECEAP and Inclusive Preschools within the same building. Meadow Crest's alignment efforts are moving far beyond a common location to include curriculum, calendar, hiring processes and combining classes across programs.

For more information on the current round of awards, please click here. For more information on Project 3B and related projects, please visit the Start Strong page on our website.

Road Map ELL Work Group Completes Action Plan
The Road Map Project ELL Work Group is very excited to announce that it has completed the first version of its Action Plan. This was truly a product of collective action, as it was created by representatives from school districts, community based organizations, research institutions, early learning, higher education, and state education departments.  

The ELL Work Group has moved into their implementation phase, using the implementation toolkit they created as part of the action plan to guide and inform their next steps. The group looks forward to collaborating to bring the strategies within their plan into action. For more information please see the Action Plan.

Kent's iGrad Program Featured in Seattle Times  
Kent School District was recently featured in a Seattle Times article highlighting the success of its iGrad program. iGrad is a partnership between the Kent School District and Green River Community College. The program helps students earn credentials necessary for high school graduation or a GED, and supports them with post-secondary plans and beyond. The popular 18-month-old program now has a waiting list, and about 540 young people have been enrolled.

For more information, please see the article. High school completion and college and career readiness are also a focus of Race to the Top's Stay Strong projects. For more information, please visit our Stay Strong 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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