January 28, 2015
Issue No.40
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Upcoming Events & Key Dates
2/12 Executive Committee Meeting

2/13 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 excited to share an update on the great work happening in the Race to the Top Kent East Hill Partnership. Also, Equity in Education Coalition is holding its first Common Core Training on February 6 -- an opportunity for community-based organizations to get involved in Common Core.  
Deep Dive Spotlight: Kent East Hill Partnership
Deep Dive 1 (DD1), the Kent East Hill Partnership, accelerates achievement of students in Kent School District's Pine Tree and Millennium Elementary Schools. Going on its sixth year of implementation, the Kent community started this project before Race to the Top, and the grant is helping to directly connect community-based supports with school day strategies. This project supports students and families in the housing communities of Birch Creek, Valli Kee and Cascade.

Community-based organizations (CBOs), working in partnership with Kent Youth and Family Services, support students with individualized, extended school day activities focused on math and literacy. Project staff train parents and CBOs on the school's math and literacy interventions, Common Core standards, and culturally relevant instruction. Parents, school staff, and CBOs work together to share information in order to support students and their learning needs.

The Parent Academy for Student Achievement (PASA) trains families on how to navigate school systems, access student achievement information and become parent leaders within their schools. Parents deliver PASA trainings to other parents, a culturally relevant peer-to-peer model. PASA is so successful that it is spreading to other schools and districts in the Road Map Region. Already, Kent has partnered with the Renton School District to help expand PASA to Renton's Deep Dive 3 project.

For more information, please visit our Start Strong page. Congratulations to Kent and its community partners on this great work!
Equity in Education Coalition Holds Common Core Training - Feb 6
The Equity in Education Coalition (EEC) is holding its first Common Core Training on Friday, February 6 from 8:30am - noon in Tukwila. The Training will aid participants in better understanding Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and will provide an opportunity to practice CCSS skills.

The EEC is offering this training in an effort to:  create a network of community based organizations (CBOs) working with communities of color, low-income and special education; connect the CBOs with local teachers and educational professionals already working on Common Core within the school building; and train CBO staff on Common Core so that they can in turn pass the information on to the students, families and communities they serve.

This is a Focus Group and will be a free training, but limited seating is available. Please RSVP to Monica Mendoza Castrejon at the EEC. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
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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