October 29, 2015
Issue No. 55
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Upcoming Events & Key Dates
11/10 Community-School Investment Fund Applications Due

11/10 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.

Dear  ,

The 2015 Race to the Top Report to the Community is hot off the presses, and we are excited to share it with you all! In addition, a very successful WaKIDS principal training was held on October 17. Thanks to all who made the day possible! 
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Race to the Top! 

Report to the Community Highlights Important Accomplishments   

We are pleased to share the 2015 Race to the Top Report to the Community! This report highlights successes from the first three years of our region's $40 million grant to Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. We are thrilled to celebrate accomplishments such as: 
  • 100% of students enrolled in Full Day Kindergarten;
  • 96% of eligible 8th graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship;
  • $3.8 million invested in Community-School Partnerships;
  • 30,000 students took SAT for free, in-school;
  • And more, which you will find in the report.
The aim of the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant is to dramatically improve student achievement for 150,000 students. Driven by an overarching concern for equity of opportunity, the grant strategies are organized into three themes--Start Strong, STEM Strong, and Stay Strong---all of which are designed to help the region make significant progress towards specific goals. 

Thank you to all the education leaders, community partners, and teachers who are working together for the benefit of students in our region!
Principals Gather for WaKIDS Training
On October 19 nearly 50 principals, assistant principals, and school district administrators from our region gathered to deepen their understanding of the WaKIDS whole-child assessment.

WaKIDS data is critical to the goals of our work as it provides us with important data about what skills and behaviors children are displaying as they enter Kindergarten. This provides an important feedback loop to early learning providers on areas they should target further, as well as areas of strength. It also informs districts' work with early learning providers as they seek to build and strengthen partnerships by offering professional development and professional learning communities.

This two and a half hour training was the last in a three-part series that will be offered again in Spring 2016, and was free for administrators at the building or district level to attend. Administrators dove deep into the technical elements of the whole-child assessment by learning how to run various reports, analyze data through a variety of tools, and support kindergarten teachers throughout the process. In addition, district leaders heard from their peers in Tacoma, Sumner and Kent School Districts as they shared lessons learned, how they share data with community-based early learning providers, and how to utilize the data to inform instruction and student supports.

For more information, please see the WaKIDS Leadership Alliance Training presentation.
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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