November 20, 2014
Issue No.37
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Upcoming Events & Key Dates
11/25  White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 2)

12/3  Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

12/11  Executive Committee 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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A technical assistance team has recently been chosen to support our Deep Dive work, and we are excited to share the great work that has been taking place in Auburn as a result of the Deep Dive 3 Investment Fund. In upcoming newsletters, we will be spotlighting each of the other Deep Dive projects. In addition, Renton's IB Program, which has received funding through Race to the Top's Project 8 Investment Fund, was recently featured in the Renton Reporter. Congratulations to Renton!

Deep Dive 3 Projects Supported by Technical Assistance Team
One of the most critical pieces of our region's Race to the Top grant is our commitment to partner with schools, community-based organizations (CBOs) and families. To support stronger partnerships, the Race to the Top team recently collaborated with the Road Map Project Community Network Steering Committee to design technical assistance to partners and districts.

The team appointed Emerging Design Consulting and the Equity in Education Coalition to provide technical assistance to school districts and their partnering community-based organizations (CBOs). These organizations will play an important role in supporting the development of authentic partnerships as a part of Round 2 of the DD3 Investment Fund. Thank you to the Design Team members!

Design Team Members:
Hamdi Abdul, Somali Youth and Family Club
Bilan Aden, Somali Youth and Family Club
Lupita Ayon, Para Los Ninos
Laurie Bohm, White Center Community Development Association
Carlina Brown-Banks, Community Center for Education Results
Courtney Cameron, Seattle Housing Authority
David Daw, South King County Council of Human Services
JoAnne Fabian, Tukwila School District
Trise Moore-Mallannex, Federal Way Public Schools
Deborah Northern, Puget Sound ESD
Anthony Shoecraft, Community Center for Education Results
Paula Steinke, Child Care Resources

Deep Dive 3 Spotlight: Auburn
The Deep Dive 3 (DD3) Investment Fund supports additional models of community-school partnerships. These partnerships aim to raise student achievement by allowing intensive student-level interventions, both in school and out. Through learning how to create and sustain effective partnerships, the aim is to increase our knowledge across the Road Map Region of how to scale and replicate successful community-school partnership models which support students in the opportunity gap.

One of the projects awarded funding in round 1 of the DD3 Investment Fund, the North Auburn Parent and Community Partnership for Kids (NAPCP), is the first of the DD3 projects we will be spotlighting in coming weeks. Auburn's project provides wrap-around support for children who attend Dick Scobee Elementary School as well as live in the Burndale Homes community.  The three main goals of the project are to:  1) decrease achievement gaps in reading and mathematics among K-5 English Language Learners (ELL) and low income students; 2) increase Kindergarten readiness among Pre-K ELL and low income students; and 3) increase family engagement among parents and families of Pre-K ELL and low income students.

A coordination of eight community-based organizations provides strategic and individualized supports to selected students and families who are, or will be, attending Dick Scobee Elementary. NAPCP supports students and families through out-of-school-time learning, extended day academic support, and social/emotional events. Other services that also support families and students include counseling, parent classes and regular family engagement events, as well as health and wellness programs including the YMCA and the Auburn Food Bank. These interventions and supports foster connections and services that enhance wellbeing and learning for students and families, and serve to promote regional learning about what it takes to implement a successful community-school partnership approach for student success.

For more information, please visit our Deep Dive 3 page. Congratulations to Auburn and all our Deep Dive 3 partners for undertaking this important work!

Renton IB Program Takes Root with Support from Race to the Top
Renton High School's International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme was recently featured in the Renton Reporter. IB is a college preparation program  that expects participating juniors and seniors to demonstrate college-level work. Renton High School received funding through Race to the Top's Project 8 (College and Career Readiness Investment Fund). The IB program is debuting to juniors at Renton High this year.

While at many schools IB classes are viewed as only suitable for a small percentage of students, at Renton IB has been largely incorporated into the general curriculum. Students who receive free or reduced lunch are charged reduced IB registration and exam fees. The article notes that more than 90 percent of the 52 Renton High students pursuing the full IB diploma receive free or reduced lunch.

For additional information on Renton's IB program, please see the full article and our Race to the Top Project 8 page. Congratulations to Renton!

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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