June 18, 2014
Issue No.27
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
6/19 Executive Committee Meeting

7/14 Letters of Intent Due for Deep Dive 3: Community-School Partnerships

7/23 Proposals Due for Project 3B: PreK-3rd Grade Systems

7/29 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

8/22 Proposals Due for Deep Dive 3: Community-School Partnerships 
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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 very pleased to announce that Dr. Kip Herren, Auburn Superintendent, has been elected to the Race to the Top Executive Committee! In addition, Race to the Top STEM Strong programs were recently featured in a Crosscut Community Idea Lab article. Finally, educators from across the country are invited to participate in a Common Core Blogathon which will be hosted in July.    
Welcome, Dr. Kip Herren!
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kip Herren, Auburn Superintendent, has been elected to the vacant District Management Representative position for the Race to the Top Executive Committee. His position will be effective August 2014. 

A Call for Nominations was held from May 12-23, 2014, and four candidates were nominated by key leaders and community partners.  An election was held from May 28-June 3, 2014, and Dr. Herren received a majority of all votes cast by the signatories of the Race to the Top Consortium grant application (signatories include Superintendents, Board Presidents and Education Association Presidents of the seven Consortium districts).

Dr. Herren has enjoyed working in the field of education for 39 years, with 34 of those years dedicated to the Auburn School District. He has been an Auburn High School teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal and principal. He also served the district as an associate and deputy superintendent for 12 years. He is in his sixth year as superintendent of the Auburn School District.  Dr. Herren was a key leader in applying for and implementing the region's Race to the Top grant, and brings a deep regional perspective to this work.

Congratulations to Dr. Herren! 

Race to the Top STEM Strong Featured in Crosscut.com
The Race to the Top STEM Strong programs were a recent focus of Crosscut.com's Community Idea Lab!

The piece noted that the STEM Strong portion of the Race to the Top grant totals about $6.4 million, and is supporting the implementation of new math software, teacher training and expanding opportunities for students to explore STEM careers.

It is exciting to see our region's hard work recognized! Please have a look at the article for more information.

Common Core Blogathon Coming in July
Early this year, thirteen Common Core Social Media Teacher Leaders from across the region began working with Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) to accelerate implementation of the Common Core through teacher dialogue via social media. These teacher leaders blog about all things Common Core on the CORElaborate website.

In July, the blog on the CORElaborate website will be opened up for educators across the country to participate as guest bloggers. A Common Core Blogathon will be hosted, and teachers, instructional coaches, central office staff, school administrators, and educational partners from across the nation are invited to write posts about their Common Core Success Stories, including experiences with promising practices like Literacy Design Collaborative. Stories about math Common Core are welcome as well.

This is a great chance for educators to expand their professional learning network, and is a platform for teachers to share best practices and to engage with fellow educators implementing Common Core. If you are interested, you can learn more or sign up to participate at http://literacy.psesd.org/blogathon/. Weekly gift card drawings will be held for bloggers, and participants will be featured on the CORElaborate website as guest bloggers.

We hope that you will consider sharing your Common Core success story this summer!

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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