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September 17, 2015
Issue No. 52
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Upcoming Events & Key Dates
9/22 Community-School Partnerships Info Session

9/23 Community-School Partnerships Info Session

9/28 Community-School Partnerships Info Session

10/1 Community-School Partnerships Info Session

10/8 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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The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of over $1.57 million in Investment Funds for Teaching and Leading. Congratulations to the awardees! In addition, a series of information sessions begin next week for the Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships, which will invest up to $750,000 more in new partnerships over the next two years. Finally, a Road Map Rapid Resource Fund will be providing a stipend to teachers in the region who are teaching Bridge to College courses.  
Wins for Road Map
Race to the Top! 

Over $1.57 Million Awarded for Teaching and Leading


The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of $1.579 million in Investment Funds for Teaching and Leading (P1) as part of the third round of awards to districts participating in the consortium.

A total of $7.3 million will be awarded for Teaching and Leading in three disbursements.  The first distribution of these funds totaled $2.2 million and the second distribution totaled $2.9 million. This latest round totaled over $1.57 million for the following awards:
  • Auburn School District: Principal/Teacher Leadership Academy, $290,946
  • Highline Public Schools: STEM Academy, $291,609
  • Kent School District: ELL Academy,  $103,152
  • Kent School District: Improving Learning for ALL in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms, $119,632
  • Kent School District: Problem Based Learning, $107,174
  • Seattle Public Schools: Seattle Teacher Residency, $338,000
  • Tukwila School District: Tukwila STEAM Academy, $329,266
For information on related activities, please see the Teaching and Leading Investment Fund page. Congratulations to the awardees!
$750,000 Available for Community-School Partnerships

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships will invest up to $750,000 more in new 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:

  • Partner organizations, as well as schools/districts, may be lead applicants to the investment fund in partnership with one another;
  • Lead organizations and districts may contract directly with Puget Sound Educational Service District to receive RTT funds for approved projects supporting partnerships with schools/districts; and
  • Technical assistance will be provided to prospective community-school partner applicants to build intentional partnerships fostering stronger relationship-building between partners.
The Request For Information (RFI) will be released Friday September 18 and will be available on the RTT website.
The Statement of Interest in response to the RFI is due November 10. Please also see the website above to access a list of Frequently Asked Questions and timeline. Information sessions will be held:
  • Tuesday, September 22, 1:00-3:00, Puget Sound ESD;
  • Wednesday, September 23, 9:00-11:00, City of Kent Council Chambers East;
  • Monday, September 28, 4:00-6:00, Puget Sound ESD; and
  • Thursday October 1, 9:00-11:00, Puget Sound ESD.

The PSESD contact for more information is Matthew Gulbranson, mgulbranson@psesd.org, 425/917-7878.

Road Map Rapid Resource Fund Providing Stipend to Bridge Course Teachers 
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, selected schools across Washington State will be offering the Bridge to College Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) courses. These courses are available for those students who would benefit from an additional focus on mathematics or ELA to prepare them to be successful in college-level courses. Designed by higher education faculty and high school teachers, these courses are for students who are interested in college but didn't meet the Career and College Readiness threshold on the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Students who earn a grade of "B" or better in the Bridge course will be granted automatic placement into college-level mathematics or ELA courses at all 34 of Washington state's community and technical colleges. This is a unique agreement in Washington that could help alleviate the need for students to take pre-college courses during their freshman year in college.

In order to deepen our understanding of the needs in implementing this course, the Road Map Rapid Resource Fund will be providing a stipend to teachers in the region who are teaching these courses. The seventeen teachers involved will meet periodically to share successes and challenges and provide leaders with valuable insight to support and scale up course implementation in the future. We are excited to see this work happening in our region!
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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