June 16, 2016
Issue No. 66
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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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A recent Race to the Top Celebration of Success honored 30 successful education efforts throughout Seattle and South King County! A FAFSA awareness campaign is working to boost access to student financial aid. In addition, congratulations to White Center Heights Elementary, which was recently featured in Washington Principal! Finally, be on the lookout for a re-designed newsletter from us in early summer!

Wins for Road Map
Race to the Top! 
Education Efforts Making a Difference for Students

Thirty successful education efforts throughout Seattle and South King County were recently honored at the 2016 Celebration of Success, an event co-hosted by Race to the Top and the Road Map Project! The event aimed to highlight important work being done to support racial equity, close the opportunity gap, and demonstrate promising results for low-income students, children of color and students who have historically been disadvantaged. (For the full list of selected "Success Exhibitors", please see the related press release.)

The event was a unique opportunity for successes, results and key learnings to be shared with people and organizations interested in learning and spreading these efforts.

Around 500 people attended the event, including students, parents, community organization representatives, education leaders, elected officials and philanthropists.

For more information, please see our Community Partnerships page and the Storify post from the event. Congratulations to all our partners honored at the event!

FAFSA Awareness Campaign Boosts Student Access to Financial Aid
Between now and the end of June, the Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) is leading a mini-campaign targeting high school students in the Road Map region - predominantly juniors and seniors - to build awareness of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) and encourage them to complete the form. Unfortunately for many graduates, paying for college remains a major obstacle. Many graduating seniors are eligible for financial aid, but either don't know how to access it or get frustrated and abandon the process.

PSCCN also plans a broader FAFSA awareness campaign for this fall which will be aimed at a wide array of audiences, including school administrators, teachers, parents and community groups. The aim is to raise awareness of the FAFSA form and improve completion rates, which currently hover just around 40 percent. Boosting that figure will ensure more students gain access to important financial aid information and resources, and get the financial help they need to attend and finish college.

Importance of Community Engagement Stressed at White Center Heights Elementary
Anne Reece, principal at Highline's White Center Heights Elementary, was recently interviewed in Washington Principal to talk about how she engages students, families and the community where they live and learn.

White Center Heights is located in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities of South Seattle. Its student body reflects this global community, drawing a diverse cross-section of students and families. Reece stresses that the voice of underrepresented students and families sometimes gets lost in diverse, low socio-economic schools. While school-based initiatives are necessary to better serve high needs and low socio-economic students (such as improving and personalizing instruction), community support is also crucial to empower parents and families to become actively involved. For more information, please see Educating a Global Community.

Race to the Top Focused on Sustaining Successes
We hope you have enjoyed our last newsletter of the school year! Keep an eye out for a summer issue which will feature a new look for the newsletter and an emphasis on successful initiatives and plans to sustain them in the coming years. Until then, have a great June!

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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