June 4, 2015
Issue No. 47
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Upcoming Events & Key Dates
6/9 White Center Education Initiative Meeting (Deep Dive 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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We led a very successful Deep Dive convening with project teams tackling equitable partnerships! In addition, Race to the Top Counselor Assistants have led a large number of students on UW campus visits, and the work of the Road Map Region ELL Work Group has been featured in Kappan. The U.S. Department of Education highlighted our leading indicators work. Finally, Puget Sound ESD is collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to develop a regional communication message about educational racial equity, and would love to receive your feedback and participation. 
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Race to the Top!

Deep Dive Convening a Great Success

Deep Dive project teams came together on Friday May 22 to tackle equitable partnerships, sustainability and joint learning. The convening was very successful, and will continue to build momentum through shared learning.

The Race to the Top "Deep Dive" projects utilize a school and community partnership approach to improve student achievement. The Deep Dive 3 Investment Fund aims to raise student achievement by supporting models of community-school partnerships that are of regional significance. Projects are expected to produce examples, lessons learned, and scalable models. For more information on lessons learned, please visit our website.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the convening! For more information on related projects funded through Race to the Top, please see our Deep Dive page.
UW CCRAs Bring Middle Schoolers to Campus
As part of the Project 6 support for University of Washington College and Career Readiness Assistants (CCRAs), a large number of middle schoolers have been able to go on campus visits. The CCRAs are crucial to facilitating these visits, and kids have really benefited from them! All middle schoolers in Renton and Auburn have gone or are going this spring, as have several schools in other districts.

The CCRAs have done a great job of planning an age appropriate and engaging day for them. Students report being greatly impacted in terms of their thoughts about higher education, and a significant number of students who had never thought seriously about going to college before the campus visits now are. Thanks to the CCRAs, the participating students, and everyone who has supported their work!
U.S. Department of Education Highlights Road Map Race to the Top 
We are pleased to announce the release of a brief that highlights the work of the Road Map Region Race to the Top-District grant, with special focus on Leading Indicators. "Ahead of the Curve: How Race to the Top-District Grantees Use Leading Indicators to Promote, Support, & Sustain Personalized Learning", builds on a three-part webinar series on the use of leading indicators to support personalized learning initiatives. The brief provides concrete and practical guidance on how to create and use leading indicators as an integral part of a continuous improvement process, and includes a overview of what leading indicators are and why they matter, and a process for developing high-quality indicators.
Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) grantee examples are highlighted to demonstrate ways districts can effectively use leading indicators to monitor and measure progress toward their personalized learning outcomes at the student, educator, and system  levels. For more information, please see the full article.
Road Map ELL Work Featured in Kappan
The work of the Road Map Project English Language Learner (ELL) Work group was recently featured in Kappan, giving an overview of recent efforts to support ELL students to succeed academically.

The Work Group, which focuses on identifying high pay-off strategies for ELLs, developed the Road Map ELL Action Plan and the Implementation Tool Kit in 2013. The purpose of the Action Plan is to identify key systems-level change strategies for ELLs. Together, the Action Plan and implementation Tool Kit articulate comprehensive action steps for creating a stronger and more equitable education system for ELLs.

A cornerstone of the efforts of the ELL Work Group is that educational success will only be actualized for all students through a focus on equity and the strengths that students bring to their education as opposed to the deficits. For more information, please see the full article.
Educational Racial Equity Messaging Survey
The PSESD Equity in Education program is developing a regional communication message about achieving educational racial equity as part of work with the Building Capacity for Equity in the Road Map School Districts grant, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We believe that a common message will assist educators in developing the most effective strategies to eliminate racial disparity in education in our region.

PSESD is collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to develop a regional communication message about educational racial equity within the South King County and Road Map school district region. We believe it's important to receive your feedback and participation. Our goal is to ensure the development and delivery of a regional key message is collective and fully inclusive. Please take a few minutes to fill-out the survey. We appreciate your support and participation!

Survey for Families/Students

Survey for District Partners
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