April 16, 2014
Issue No.23
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
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

5/2 Project 8 Optional Letters of Intent Due

5/8 Education Results Network (ERN) Meeting (Special Race to the Top Update)

5/8 Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Task Force Meeting

5/12 Project 3B Information Session

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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 some exciting items with you in this newsletter! The next in a series of communications has been released highlighting progress made in the first year of Race to the Top implementation. Also, the RFP has been issued for the second round of Project 8: College and Career Readiness Investment Fund. 

STEM Strong Work Takes Root, School and Community Partnerships Strengthened 
We have released the second and third of four press releases aimed to celebrate the first year implementation of the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant. The press releases showcase work in STEM and Community-School Partnerships.

As part of the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant, resources are being allocated to accelerate progress in collaborative work in strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. The STEM Strong initiatives, supported by an investment of $7 million of federal Race to the Top District resources, include teacher and principal training in math and science, the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, supporting students to take Algebra or higher by the 8th grade, digital STEM online learning tools, and a shared career awareness and exploration system. 

The Road Map Region Race to the Top is also investing $4 million in Community-School Partnerships for districts and their partners participating in the South King County consortium. The Race to the Top grant initially supported two intensive school and community partnership projects at approximately $1 million each: the Kent East Hill Partnership in the Kent school district and the White Center Partnership in the Highline school district. An additional $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 included awards to Auburn School District, Renton School District and Seattle Public Schools.

For more detailed information on STEM Strong work at the district level, such as Kent's teacher training in STEM, Renton's teacher training in math Common Core standards, and the Technology Access Foundation Academy in Federal Way, please see our News pageYou will also find additional information on specific Community-School Partnerships: Seattle Public Schools' Literacy and Math through Academic Support partnership; Auburn's North Auburn Parent and Community Partnership for Kids (NAPCP); and Renton's work on extended learning opportunities.

Project 8 RFP Issued
The RFP has been issued for the second round of Project 8: College and Career Readiness Investment Fund, and may be found on our Project 8 page.

Project 8 creates an investment fund that RTT-D districts may access to strengthen course rigor and increase the variety of college and career ready courses available to better prepare their students for college and career.

An information session will be held on April 24th, optional Letters of Intent are due on May 2nd, and proposals are due on May 28th.

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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