August 19, 2015
Issue No. 50
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
8/19, 8/20 Community-School Partnerships Listening Sessions

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

9/10 Executive Committee Meeting
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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're excited to share about the Kindergarten readiness activities that Race to the Top has been supporting in our region this summer! In addition, a redesigned Community-School Partnerships Investment Fund process is preparing for a new round of investments by engaging in community listening sessions. 
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Kindergarten Students Start Strong!

We are excited to be a part of getting students ready for Kindergarten this fall! Race to the Top is supporting a number of activities to ensure Kindergarten readiness through its PreK-3rd Grade Systems projects:
  • Play and Learn Groups offered in multiple languages in Highline, Seattle and Tukwila;
  • Jumpstart programming in Highline, Seattle and Kent;
  • Ready for K programming during the school year in Kent;
  • Ready, Set, Student Success program in Renton;
  • Kindergarten Readiness Kits distributed to all incoming families upon registration in Highline and Seattle;
  • Kindergarten Round Up in Kent (a chance in the spring for incoming families to tour their school, ride the bus, meet their teacher/principal); and
  • Kindergarten registration events in which interpreters are available.
Kindergarten readiness has been a special focus over the last year. A Universal Kindergarten Registration Campaign kicked off this year across all seven Road Map districts aimed at encouraging families to register their incoming Kindergarten students beginning as soon as the Tuesday after MLK Monday. (Registering in winter or spring allows families to get connected to various high-quality early learning opportunities they can engage in before Kindergarten to ensure they enter the school year ready for success.) All seven districts offer some type of programming for kids and families such as Play & Learn groups, Jumpstart, and Ready for K!, all of which can increase school readiness for kids and strengthen parent-to-parent and school-to-family relationships.

To learn more or find information on kindergarten registration in your area, visit Road Map Region's Race to the Top website. Thanks to everyone for helping these new students get off to a great start!
Community-School Partnerships Listening Sessions
The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships invests in innovative and replicable partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) to support intensive student-level interventions that bridge in-school and out-of-school time, in specific geographic areas. So far, Race to the Top has invested $3,842,457 in six Community-School Partnerships.

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships will invest up to $750,000 more in partnerships over the next two years.  Through our investments so far, we have received feedback on ways we can improve the investment fund process from our community partners, Race the Top's external evaluators and regional partners. In response, this last round of investments is being redesigned as follows:
  • CBOs and other youth and family serving organizations may be lead applicants to the investment fund in partnership with schools/districts;
  • CBOs may contract directly with Puget Sound Educational Service District to receive RTT funds for approved projects; and
  • Technical assistance to prospective community-school partner applicants to build intentional partnerships fostering stronger relationship-building between partners.
As a part of this re-design process, we are holding two community listening sessions to gather information and feedback to incorporate in the investment fund process, on Wednesday August 19th and Thursday August 20th. Areas where we would like feedback include implications and impact of the proposed timeline, process, needs of CBOs and schools/districts, and how best the Puget Sound ESD can support this work. These listening sessions are open to everyone including CBOs, school and district staff, and parents.

Following the community listening sessions, the investment fund process will be widely announced in mid-September, and multiple information sessions will be offered. For further questions, please contact Matthew Gulbranson, School-Community Investment Fund Lead at mgulbranson@psesd.org or 425-917-7878.
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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