February 5, 2014
Issue No.18
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
2/6 Road Map Project Parent Engagement Event

2/10 White Center Education Initiative Meeting

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

2/15 Highline Community Tutors RFP Due

2/20 Executive Committee Meeting

2/25 Deep Dive 1: Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting
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 pleased to share information in this issue about the upcoming SAT School Day funded by Race to the Top, as well as a Road Map Parent Engagement Event on February 6th. In addition, Highline has released an RFP for Community Tutors, and was recently featured in the Seattle Times Education Lab blog for its work on reducing school suspensions. Congratulations Highline!

Race to the Top Supports In-School SAT across Road Map Region
SAT School Day is a unique and exciting opportunity for students across the Road Map Region to take the SAT for free, during the school day, at their own school in a familiar setting. Funded through Race to the Top's Project 7 (Adopt the College Board College & Career Readiness Pathway), this opportunity ensures that every student who wants to will have the opportunity to apply to a four year college if they choose to do so in their senior year.

Juniors at Rainier Beach, Interagency Academy, Cleveland, Franklin, South Lake and Chief Sealth Int'l in Seattle will take the SAT on February 26th, and Juniors in Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District and Tukwila School District will take the SAT on April 16th.

More information about the SAT and College Readiness Pathway may be found here, including flyers for families in ten different languages commonly spoken throughout the region.

Road Map Parent Engagement Event on February 6th
The Road Map Project and The Seattle Times' Education Lab are sponsoring a free event on Thursday February 6th featuring Joanna Brown, Education Director of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a nationally recognized parent engagement organization in Chicago.

Joanna Brown will be joined by Shirley Reyes, a Logan Square Neighborhood Association alumni and parent leader in Chicago, as well as local and community and parent leaders, for a panel discussion.

The event will take place at the Foster High School Performing Arts Center in Tukwila from 6 - 8 pm.

For information about translation and child care, and to RSVP, please contact Carlina Brown-Banks at 206-838-6624 or cbbanks@ccedresults.org. Please feel free to share the flier!

Highline's Reduced Suspensions Featured in Education Lab Blog   
Highline Public Schools was recently featured in the Seattle Times Education Lab blog for its progress in reducing school suspensions and expulsions. Highline has set a goal of ending expulsions and out-of-school suspensions by 2015, except in cases of student or school safety.

The work at Cascade Middle School was highlighted in particular. At Cascade, just three students were suspended from September through November this school year, compared with 41 the year before. Congratulations Highline!

Highline Community Tutors RFP
As a part of the Race to the Top Deep Dive 2 project, Highline Public Schools has issued a Request for Proposal for Community Tutors for School Extended Day Programs. Highline is looking for community members and parents, and interns working through community partner organizations to provide tutoring for students as a part of the after school programs at White Center Heights and Mt. View Elementary. Tutors will provide small group or individual support to students in the after school homework club and academic program from 4:00-5:00 pm for at least two and up to four days per week, depending on program needs.

Proposals should be submitted to Alan Spicciatti at Highline Schools by February 15, 2014. Proposals will be reviewed by the White Center team and the organization will be selected by February 28, 2014. For more information on the selection process, please see the Request for Proposal.

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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