July 7, 2015
Issue No. 48
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
8/13 Executive Committee Meeting

8/27 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

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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 welcome new members to the Race to the Top-District Executive Committee! In addition, we recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from Seattle's Cleveland High School for a week of job shadowing at Puget Sound ESD. There is a new website repository that highlights what we've learned about Community Partnerships. Finally, some great new materials are available to help us all prepare for DiscoverU later this year.   
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Race to the Top! 

New Executive Committee Members Elected

An election was recently held to fill vacancies on the Race to the Top Executive Committee. We are excited to welcome four new Executive Committee members:
*    Hamdi Abdulle, Executive Director, Somali Youth & Family Club (entire Road Map region)
*    Cindy Lewis, Past President, Tukwila Education Association
*    Sue McCabe, President, Highline Education Association
*    Ann Minckler, Assistant Director, Grants & Special Projects, Kent School District

Congratulations to the new Committee members. We thank the departing members (Jason Brown, Kip Herren, Jonathan Knapp and Vu Le) for their contributions!
Cleveland High School Students Visit Puget Sound ESD
Twelve high school juniors from Seattle's Cleveland High School recently spent a week with more than 50 staff members at Puget Sound ESD. They were participating in the school's first Job Shadow Week, supported by Race to the Top Project 8. Students were bused to PSESD where each day they were greeted by staff members who shared the work that they do, the path each took to this point in their careers and some advice as these young people explore their own futures. Students also spent time each day with specific departments learning more about the work of the agency, such as:  the agency's mission of becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization; the technology requirements to support agency staff; and participating in a simulated investigation with the Risk Management team. They also spent time reflecting on what the job shadow experience meant to them.

Thank you to everyone who supported the experiences of these students as they spent the week with us learning about all the different skills in use and jobs offered in education! 
Check Out Our New Community Partnerships Website Repository
We have begun a website repository where we can begin to highlight, capture and share our learning about community-school partnerships. It's located on the Community Partnerships tab on the Race to the Top website. Check it out to find resources on best practices and the tools our Deep Dive partners have created!
DiscoverU is Back!
DiscoverU is taking place October 12th-16th, 2015! DiscoverU is an exciting week for students across Seattle and South King County to explore college and career options. Students of all ages, pre-K through college, will have the opportunity to think about how education can help them reach their dreams. During this week, students will learn about educators' college and career paths, see staff proudly sporting their college gear, and participate in fun activities that encourage them to explore their futures. To learn more about DiscoverU, visit http://roadmaptocollege.org/discoveru/.

Participation in DiscoverU over the last two years has been fantastic, and we are looking forward to seeing DiscoverU grow even bigger this year. In the meantime, here is how you can prepare for DiscoverU:
1. Mark your calendars and spread the word. Attached is a DiscoverU save-the-date flyer. Make sure you add DiscoverU to your organization or institution's calendars and share the save-the-date.
2. Take the DiscoverU Pledge! This year, there is an online pledge for DiscoverU. Now you can pledge your school, organization or individual participation online and see who else is participating. To take the pledge, visit http://roadmaptocollege.org/discoveru/discoveru-pledge/.
3. Sign-up for the DiscoverU Newsletter. The DiscoverU newsletter will share information, resources, and highlight participating organizations in the weeks leading up to DiscoverU. You can join the listserv by taking the DiscoverU pledge or adding your email to the listserv here http://roadmaptocollege.org/discoveru/.
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!
Stay Tuned!
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