December 11, 2014
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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 that Auburn Superintendent Kip Herren was recently named Superintendent of the Year. Congratulations to Dr. Herren! In addition, we continue our highlights of our Deep Dive projects with a look at the work that has been taking place in White Center.  
Auburn's Kip Herren Named Superintendent of the Year
The Washington Association of School Administrators has named Auburn School District Superintendent and Race to the Top Executive Committee member Kip Herren as the Washington State Superintendent of the Year! The award recognizes outstanding leadership of active, front-line superintendents and pays tribute to those who lead the state's public schools. As winner of the state award, Dr. Herren is among the finalists for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year award, which is to be announced in February.

Dr. Herren has worked in education for 40 years, 35 of those years in the Auburn district. He has served as the district's superintendent for seven years.

Auburn School District is consistently one of the top achieving school districts in Washington State, and recently won the Road Map Collective Impact award for closing achievement gaps. In the last several years Auburn schools have won numerous individual awards for implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), a teacher leader academy, distributed leadership, data analysis for continuous improvement, standards-based teaching, and systems innovation. The district has 15,000 students with 56 percent poverty, 25 percent Hispanic, and 2,500 English language learners from 65 different first languages. For more information, please see the accompanying press release and related coverage in the Auburn Reporter. Congratulations again to Dr. Herren! 
Deep Dive Spotlight: White Center Partnership
The Deep Dive 2 (DD2) project, the White Center Partnership, aims to accelerate achievement of students in the White Center neighborhood, focused on White Center Heights and Mount View Elementary Schools in Highline.

One of four main strategies of the White Center Partnership project is increasing the capacity of the Family Connectors Program through the White Center Community Development Association. This approach meets the whole needs of children and includes family-based bilingual/bicultural advocacy, social networking, referrals, parent trainings, and leadership opportunities in order to increase student academic outcomes and family stability. This program brings together, expands and deepens already established programs: the Family Liaison program at Highline Public Schools; the Family Support Program at Southwest Youth and Family Services; Family Connections at White Center Community Development Association; and Community Builders at King County Housing Authority.

The second strategy is facilitating alignment and communication among early learning programs, families, and schools to support kindergarten readiness. Informal and formal early learning providers are recruited and engaged to participate in professional learning activities and integrated into other Race to the Top PreK - 3rd grade alignment opportunities.

School-day interventions are also being offered after school. A school extended day teacher is coordinating alignment of curricula, adaptive technology, training, and resources to integrate school day instruction with after school programs. This is bringing together the work of school staff, families, and community-based organizations such as Southwest Youth and Family Services and Boys and Girls Club to provide a seamless continuum of activities that extends the school day for students at White Center Heights and Mount View Elementary Schools and creates a strong, cohesive learning community.

Finally, King County Housing Authority is increasing housing stability and institute rapid rehousing as a pilot in the Highline Public Schools. The model being tested and refined in this pilot will be used to scale across the Road Map region. KCHA is counseling households on the importance of not disrupting children's education by moving during the school year, exploring with them the possibility of moving to a location where the child can remain in their current classroom, or of moving during the summer. Also, KCHA is reprogramming Section 8 subsidies to provide rapid rehousing interventions to move families quickly into stable housing without disrupting their children's education, demonstrating rapid rehousing can reduce transportation costs to school districts, and help school districts develop a focus on housing rather than transportation solutions for homeless children.

For more information, please visit our Deep Dive 2 page. Congratulations to Highline for this impressive work!
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