May 3, 2016
Issue No. 65
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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  ,

It has been a very busy spring! We recently completed the third round of our Community-School Partnerships Investment Fund. A convening was recently held for educators to focus on the unique needs of older ELL students. An opportunity fair will be held on May 5 to help connect young adults with career and educational opportunities. Finally, we contributed to a very successful College Signing Day. Congratulations to everyone involved!  
Wins for Road Map
Race to the Top! 
More than $700,000 Goes to Community-School Partnerships

The Executive Committee for the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant issued preliminary awards of $711,000 in Investment Funds for School-Community Partnerships (Deep Dive 3) as part of the third and final round of awards to community partners and districts participating in the consortium.
  • Kent Education & Equity Partnership (Kent) - $250,000; Partners: St. Vincent de Paul (Lead), Community Network Council, Coalition for Refugees of Burma, Somali Youth and Family Club, Iraqi Community Center of Washington, Communities in Schools, King County Housing Authority, City of Kent
  • Techbridge (Highline) - $250,000; Partners: Somali Youth and Family Club
  • Vietnamese Friendship Association (Seattle) - $211,010; Partners: Coyote Central, Jack Straw Cultural Center
The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships, one of the Race to the Top projects, invests in innovative and replicable partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). The goal of this investment fund is for schools and CBOs to partner to provide intensive student-level interventions that bridge in-school and out-of-school time, in specific geographic areas. For more information, please see the related press release

Convening Focuses on Older ELLs
In April, a convening was held for educators on strengthening pathways for older English Language Learner (ELL) students. The event was organized by the Road Map Project Older ELL Work Group, OneAmerica, and Puget Sound ESD.

The convening connected people who work with ELL students in high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations. Over 70 participants attended from districts and community colleges across the South King County region.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about regional resources and practices to support students ages 16-24 whose home language is other than English. Attendees identified the need to reframe multi-culturalism as an asset and to re-think ways to communicate to parents, students, and school staff about ELL programs. In addition, parent and youth representatives shared their experience with ELL programs during a panel discussion.

Seattle Opportunity Fair
On Thursday, May 5 from 9am to 4pm, the organization 100KOpportunities is organizing an opportunity fair at WAMU Theater, CenturyLink Field Event Center. The event will connect 16- to 24-year-olds with more than 20 national and local companies.

Whether the goal is to get a job, or get back into school, young adults are encouraged to drop in for most of the day, or just a few hours. For more information, please see the 100KOpportunities website.

College Signing Day
College Signing Celebrations kicked off on April 26, 2016! Puget Sound ESD staff showed their college spirit in full force. The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) is leading Washington state's efforts to celebrate all students going to college. As an extension of the Washington Student Achievement Council's 12th Year Campaign, WCAN is working with school districts across the state to empower schools to host their own College Signing Celebrations to highlight students enlisting or committing to obtaining a postsecondary degree or certification.

College Signing Day celebrates students who have achieved the life-changing milestone of committing to postsecondary options. Inspired by the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative, Signing Day events motivate students to take charge of their future by completing their education beyond high school.
Please visit the Race to the Top Website!
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