e-Newsletter
May 21, 2015
Issue No. 46
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
5/22 P8 Letters of Intent Due

5/26 P1 Round 3.1 Information Session 1/2

6/3 P1 Round 3.1 Information Session 2/2

6/11 Executive Committee Meeting

6/26 P8 Proposals Due
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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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Nominations are open for two positions on the nine-member Race to the Top Executive Committee! We welcome nominations for the two positions-Community Partner, and District Management. In addition, we were very pleased to host a recent site visit from the US Department of Education! Also, the Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) has been formed to increase college-ready resources for Seattle and South King County students. Finally, the STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute is taking place this July 27-30.  
Nominations Open for Race to the Top Executive Committee
Nominations are open for two positions on the nine-member Race to the Top Executive Committee! We welcome your nominations for the two positions-Community Partner, and District Management. The nomination period will be open until May 29 at 5PM. 

Responsibilities of Executive Committee members include
representing the Road Map region as a whole rather than any single district or community, providing grant oversight and implementation, and approving Investment Fund proposals and disbursements.

The Executive Committee meets regularly, usually once per month. Executive Committee members are expected to
be knowledgeable regarding the RTTT grant and its proposed scope of work and commitments, willing to devote adequate time to the responsibilities of the Executive Committee,
and able to give objective consideration and use sound judgment and skill in evaluating proposals submitted for Investment fund projects.

For more information and instructions to nominate someone, please see the Selection Process document.
US Department of Education Visit to Road Map Region
The Assistant Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement in Washington, DC, Nadya Dabby, recently had the opportunity to visit us. It was great to share some of the fantastic work that we are engaged in thanks to Race to the Top!

She was particularly interested in how we are personalizing learning for all students, and how promising practices are being scaled across the region. She visited classrooms in Highline's Midway Elementary to observe blended learning in action, and the Tyee Educational Campus to meet the College and Career Readiness Assistants from the University of Washington Dream Project. Finally, Ms. Dabby visited Seattle's Teacher Residency Program at Madrona K-8. 

She was very impressed with the high-quality learning taking place in our region. Thank you to all our partners engaged in this crucial work!
Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) Formed
Under the leadership of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) the work of Seattle College Access Network (SCAN) and South King County College Access Network (SK-CAN) have united together as Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) to mobilize and unite cross sector member institutions to increase college-ready resources for Seattle and South King County students. 

The goal is to increase PSCCN's capacity and effectiveness to provide students and families with resources to prepare for college, enroll in college, and earn postsecondary credentials. Together, Puget Sound ESD and the Puget Sound College and Career Network are committed to mobilize around system gaps to improve postsecondary access and success.

As the transitional work to consolidate and strengthen efforts continues, PSCCN is already planning events for the 2015-16 school year to support students and families in Seattle and South King County to be college- and career-ready. This fall PSCCN will launch its own website and social media campaign to reach students and families.

For more information about PSCCN please visit http://www.psesd.org/services/learning-and-teaching/psccn/
STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute this July 27 - 30
The STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute is taking place this July 27th - 30th.

TAF provides professional development and training for teachers and schools that want to integrate STEM into their instruction. Teachers are prepared to provide each student deep practical and theoretical STEM knowledge through a project-based instructional framework.

The 4-day Teacher Institute will expose teachers to practices and information resources that have won TAF Academy national awards for excellence and innovation. The first three days of the conference will take place at the Bethaday Community Learning Space in White Center, while Day 4 will be onsite at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on South Lake Union.

For more information, please see  www.techaccess.org/Educators. 
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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