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December 17, 2015
Issue No. 58
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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 pleased that the Race to the Top Executive Committee has selected four community-school partnerships to advance in the current Investment Fund process! In addition, KPLU produced a special report on the outstanding progress that has been made recently at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle - congratulations to everyone involved!  
Wins for Road Map
Race to the Top! 
Race to the Top Prepares to Award $1 Million for School-Community Partnerships
The Road Map Race to the Top Executive Committee selected four community-school partnerships to advance in the Investment Fund for School - Community Partnerships process, totaling almost $1 million. Selected partnership projects include:

- Federal Way Public Schools: Parent led, culturally and linguistically accessible parent academy, $250,000;
- Saint Vincent de Paul: Academic and school-based reading campaign through culturally relevant outreach and engagement in Kent School District, $250,000;
- Techbridge: High-quality, results-oriented after-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for girls of color in Highline Public Schools, $250,000; and
- Vietnamese Friendship Association: College and career preparation through tutoring in English, math and science via Saturday School in Seattle Public Schools' World School, $211,000.

The Race to the Top (RTT) Investment Fund for School-Community Partnerships provides financial resources to high-need schools and community groups working collaboratively to raise student achievement. With this latest round of awards, RTT has invested almost $5 million in ten Community-School Partnerships.

This round of investments was unique; in response to feedback from partners, Community-based organizations (CBOs) - in addition to districts - could be lead applicants to the investment fund in partnership with schools/districts. RTT will support the four selected partnerships to create a complete scope of work. Staff will review project plans and bring them forward to the Executive Committee for approval of final awards by spring 2016. Please see our website for more information on the Investment Fund for School - Community Partnerships.
Rainier Beach Highlighted on KPLU Special Report
KPLU recently aired a special report on the great progress that has been made at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. Much of the work at Rainier Beach centers around the International Bacalaureate (IB) curriculum. In the previous school year, Rainier Beach required almost all juniors and seniors at the school to take at least one IB course. Road Map Race to the Top supported Seattle's IB program with a grant of $251,552. Over the last three years, the school's graduation rate appears to have improved dramatically. For more information, please visit the KPLU website.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Rainier Beach!
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