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December 3, 2015
Issue No. 57
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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 have had the opportunity to share about the Road Map region's community-school partnerships at November's American Evaluation Association National Conference in Chicago! A new comprehensive asset map of education organizations serving South King County is now available as a resource. Race to the Top is also helping to create Career Connection, a program that  supports schools and enlists businesses to help connect career opportunities with career classroom learning. Finally, the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and the Washington Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) recently co-sponsored a convening to prepare, recruit and support educators to meet the diverse needs of the students in the Puget Sound region.  
Wins for Road Map
Race to the Top! 
Race to the Top Featured at American Evaluation Association National Conference
Our team had the honor of presenting on the Road Map region's community-school partnerships at the American Evaluation Association National Conference in Chicago, IL, last month!  Race to the Top Executive Committee member Hamdi Abdulle and Project Director Jessica de Barros, along with the grant's external evaluators from RTI International, shared our work with a national audience of others working on partnerships.  We shared lessons learned from last year's evaluation report on how we could improve partnership dynamics, and on the changes made to the Investment Fund for Community School Partnerships based on what we learned.  RTI will be conducting surveys again starting next week to further evaluate partnerships - keep your eyes open for them in your email inbox!  
Asset Map of Education Organizations in South King County
South King Council of Human Services (SKCHS) and the Equity in Education Coalition (EEC), supported by Puget Sound Educational Service District, have completed a comprehensive asset map of education organizations serving South King County! Please be sure to check out this great new resource. 
Career Connection Project Underway
Educurious, Big Picture Learning and Washington STEM are working together to create Career Connection, a program that  supports schools and enlists businesses to make classroom learning more relevant for students. The project is piloting new ways of utilizing class time to give high school students an up-close look at how their school-based learning will prepare them for employment in a variety of fields.  

Career Connection is currently providing five core experiences including networking events, work-based problems, student mentoring by career experts, and interest-driven job shadows and internships. Interest in providing these career-oriented student experiences is growing in our region. Educurious was recently selected to be the employer intermediary for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Youth Employment Initiative. This initiative has the goal to provide meaningful employment opportunities and or internships for Seattle youth. For more information, please refer to our Career Awareness and Exploration System page. Thanks to everyone working on this exciting initiative! 
Preparing Educators to Meet Region's Diverse Needs
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and the Washington Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE) co-sponsored a convening on the evening of October 29 and the day of October 30 for the purposes of preparing, recruiting and supporting educators to meet the diverse needs of the students in the Puget Sound region. The focus of the convening was to:  1) build on-going relationships between PreK-12 and Higher Education institutions that prepare teachers; 2) amplify bright spots and share best practices; 3) understand assets and challenges in both systems related to educator effectiveness; and 4) identify opportunities for cross systems collaboration and partnership.  

During the two days, more than 100 PSESD, district and higher education leaders came together around issues of recruitment, preparation, induction and retention of teachers that could be addressed with strengthened K12/higher education partnerships. One promising practice that was identified was that of the Seattle Teacher Residency, which is funded partly through Race to the Top's Investment Fund for Teaching & Leading. The convening was the start of an on-going partnership between WATCE and PSESD in order to address workforce needs. If you are interested in learning more information about this ongoing work, please contact Greta Bornemann
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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