e-Newsletter
April 3, 2014
Issue No.22
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
4/2 Project 8 Information Session #1

4/3 Project 8 RFP Issued

4/10 Commitment 3: Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Task Force Meeting

4/14 Deep Dive 3 Technical Workgroup Meeting

4/17 Executive Committee Meeting

4/17 Road Map Project Results Roundtable (Kent)

4/18 Project 1 Proposals Due

4/21 White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 2)

4/22 Road Map Project Results Roundtable (Renton)

4/22 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

4/23 Race to the Top District Convening

4/24 Project 8 Information Session #2

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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 over four years. 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 happy to share a number of developments with you in this newsletter. The first in a series of communications has been released highlighting progress made in the first year of Race to the Top implementation. A Field Guide has been developed in support of Race to the Top's Project 5: Create a Regional System for Career Awareness and Exploration. The Road Map Project is sponsoring two Results Roundtables this month. Finally, Pre-K Play and Learn Groups have been launched in Highline.

Road Map Region's Race to the Top 'Start Strong' Off to a Fast Start
We have released the first of four press releases aimed to celebrate the first year implementation of the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant.  The first press release showcases the work of districts, staff and students on PreK-3rd Grade Strategies across our seven districts. The Road Map Region Race to the Top grant is investing $6.2 million in building a strong Preschool through Third Grade System. In addition to intensive coaching support from Puget Sound ESD to help each district create a Preschool Through Third Grade Action Plan, $4 million will be awarded through Project 3B (PreK-3rd Grade Systems) in three disbursements to support district plans. The first distribution of these funds totaled $1.2 million. 

For more detailed information on the work in specific districts, including Auburn's focus on building community partnerships, Highline's Pre-K Play and Learn programs, and Tukwila's efforts to align Pre-K initiatives, please see the press release on our News page.


Project 5 Field Guide Developed
A Field Guide has been developed by Technology Access Foundation in support of Race to the Top's Project 5: Create a Regional System for Career Awareness and Exploration. The Field Guide aids students in deepening their knowledge of potential careers and work-based learning experiences during their K-12 educational experience.

The regional system for career awareness and exploration will include opportunities for students to explore careers through the use of online tools and will provide ways for students, their teachers, parents and other adult supporters to connect with engaging work-based learning experiences. The Guide is an implementation resource for piloting a regional system in fall 2014.

For more information,  please see the Field Guide on the Project 5 page.


Road Map Project Results Roundtables
The Road Map Project is sponsoring two Results Roundtables this month: in Kent on April 17th, and in Renton on April 22nd. The events will provide an opportunity to learn from community leaders and experts about the importance of education data, and what it means to the success of schoolchildren. Dinner and child care will be available; pre-registration is highly recommended.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E Smith Street
Kent, WA 98030
(Registration opens at 5:45pm; Conversation begins at 6:15pm)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Renton Community Center
1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA 98057
(Registration opens at 5:45pm; Conversation begins at 6:15pm)

For more information on pre-registration, please see the Road Map Project's Upcoming Events.


Pre-K Play and Learn Groups Launched in Highline 
Highline Pre-K Play and Learn Groups have begun! These are free preschool groups for incoming registered Highline kindergarteners, and their parents or caregiver, to help prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond. The goal of the groups is to help better prepare incoming kindergarteners for success in school, and to provide strategies parents and caregivers can use at home to promote school readiness.Children must attend with an adult. Groups began the week of March 17, 2014 and will continue through June 12th.

The Pre-K Play and Learn Groups are supported by Race to the Top's Project 3B: Investment Fund for PreK-3rd Grade Strategies and Systems at the District/Community Level. For additional information on Project 3B, please click here. For additional information on the Play and Learn Groups, 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!

Stay Tuned!
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