May 15, 2014
Issue No.25
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
5/15 Executive Committee Meeting

5/19 White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 2)

5/20 Project 3B Information Session

5/22 Project 3B Optional Letters of Intent Due

5/23 RFP Issued for Deep Dive 3: Community-School Partnerships

5/27 CCR Standards and System Implications (OSPI Webinar)

5/27 Instructional Tools and Grade-Band Specific Foci (OSPI Webinar)

5/28 Project 8 Proposals Due

5/28 Washington Science Standards and the Transition to NGSS (OSPI Webinar)

5/29 Instructional Tools and Resources (OSPI Webinar)

5/29 Deep Dive 3 Information Session #1

6/3 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

6/3 Deep Dive 3 Information Session #2

6/12 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 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 excited to report that the first Race to the Top Convening with district partners was a great success! In addition, this spring's Education Results Network meeting was very well attended and had a special focus on Race to the Top. We are also happy to share that the RFP has been released for Round 2 of the Project 3B Investment Fund for PreK-3rd Grade Strategies and Systems. Finally, nominations are being sought for a District Management Leader vacancy on the Executive Committee.   
Story1Race to the Top District Convening a Huge Success!
We recently held our first Race to the Top convening for district partners. The event provided an opportunity for districts to get together and share their experiences in implementing the first year of the Race to the Top grant. Superintendents participated in a panel discussion that highlighted both challenges and successes in working to close the opportunity gap in schools. Districts also shared rapid-fire "Ignite" presentations that highlighted success and learnings. District staff then participated in break-out sessions to discuss specific strategies for closing gaps and engage in shared learning across districts.

If you are interested in learning more about the day's activities, please see our video of the Superintendents' discussion. In addition, we have posted the "Ignite" presentations that were shared on the day.

Story2Education Results Network (ERN) Highlights Race to the Top Success
Thank you to everyone who attended the Road Map Project's Education Results Network (ERN) meeting on May 8 sponsored by the Community Center for Education Results! About 200 people were in attendance and received updates from cradle to college, including on parent engagement, Race to the Top, the College Bound Scholarship, summer reading and more. After the meeting, attendees had the opportunity to dive deeper into topics at discussion tables, and a special Race to the Top briefing for elected officials was offered. 

ERN meetings are open to anyone who wants to improve education in the South Seattle/South King County region and participate in the Road Map Project. The next ERN meeting is:

Thursday, September 25 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Puget Sound Educational Service District
800 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98057

Project 3B RFP Issued
The RFP has been issued for the second round of the Project 3B Investment Fund, PreK-3rd Grade Strategies and Systems at the District/Community Level. The RFP may be found on our Doing Business page.

Project 3B focuses on the region's high-need elementary schools and provides project-specific funding in line with establishing a strong region-wide PreK-3rd Grade system, and ensuring that students are Kindergarten ready.

An information session will be held on May 20, optional Letters of Intent are due on May 22, and proposals are due on July 23.

Story3Nominations Open For Race to the Top Executive Committee Vacancy
Nominations are now open to fill a single vacancy on the nine-member Race to the Top (RTT-D) - Road Map Consortium Executive Committee. The nomination period is open until May 23 at 5 p.m.  

In the original RTT-D grant application, the Consortium committed to establishing an Executive Committee as its governance structure to oversee implementation.  The Consortium established the Committee in February 2013.  There is now one vacancy for one of the three District Management Leader positions.  

Nominating the nine-member Executive Committee is the responsibility of the grant's signatories and key community partners. Road Map Region Superintendents, School Board Presidents, and Education Association Presidents will vote on the nominees to select the representatives to serve on the Executive Committee. Nominations will be sought until May 23, followed by a voting period from May 28 to June 3. The new Committee member will be announced by June 9.

If you are interested in nominating a District Management Leader Representative to serve on the Executive Committee, please visit the simple online application.

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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