February 20, 2014
Issue No.19
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
2/20 Executive Committee Meeting

2/25 Highline Community Tutors RFP Due

2/25 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

3/10 White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 2)

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

Dear  ,

We are excited to announce that $1 million has been awarded for school-community partnerships by the Road Map Region Race to the Top Executive Committee! We are also happy to congratulate the White Center Community Development Association on its upcoming Annual Community Summit on March 1st. Finally, we wish to remind those interested to register for the upcoming Literacy Design Collaborative.    
$1 Million Awarded for Community-School Partnerships
The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant recently issued preliminary awards of $1 million in Investment Funds for Deep Dive 3: Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships to districts participating in the consortium.

A total of $2 million will be awarded through Deep Dive 3: Community-School Partnerships in two disbursements. The first distribution of these funds totaled $1 million and includes the following preliminary awards:
  • Auburn School District: North Auburn Parent and Community Partnership, $ 445,722
  • Renton School District: Literacy, Kindergarten Readiness & Family Engagement $ 298,498
  • Seattle Public Schools: Literacy and Math Through Academic & Arts Support, $312,111
The Deep Dive 3 Investment fund to establish community-school partnerships is one of the stand-out investment funds in the RTT-D grant proposal. This fund is unique as it is intended to impact student outcomes and reduce the achievement gap through innovative and replicable partnerships between schools and community-based organizations. For more information on Deep Dive 3 and related activities, please visit our Foundational Elements page.

White Center Community Summit to be Held on March 1st
The White Center Community Development Association is excited to announce that its Annual Community Summit will be on Saturday, March 1st, 2014. The focus of this year's summit is "White Center: Past, Present and Future". Each workshop, presentation and speaker will aim to share stories about White Center with a look toward the future. Neighbors, community organizations and White Center supporters are invited to attend this important event to address neighborhood needs/issues, learn about resources for families and to hear about the history of the White Center community. Those who attend the event will receive a White Center t-shirt, lunch and the opportunity to have a family photo taken professionally. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register please see the White Center Community Development Association.

The White Center Partnership is the focus of Race to the Top's Deep Dive 2. The project utilizes an in-depth, 24/7 school and community partnership approach to improve student achievement in the White Center neighborhood of Highline Public Schools. For more information, please visit our Start Strong page.

Reminder: 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 23rd & 24th and October 10th. This opportunity will help address how to transition to the new ELA Common Core standards across the subject areas. For more information and to register, please see the registration 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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