January/February/March 2017

2017 First Quarter Updates

Application Now Open for First-Ever Road Map Project Community Leadership Team

One of the shifts identified for the Road Map Project during the 2016 strategic planning process was a new leadership structure that better reflects the Road Map Project region. In this pursuit, the project is seeking volunteers to serve on its Community Leadership Team.
The Community Leadership Team's selection committee is recruiting leaders to provide visionary leadership and community accountability for dramatically improving education results and closing the race/ethnicity achievement and opportunity gaps. Wanted are people passionate about creating conditions for success, particularly for children of color and low-income students.    

Learn more by reading the full position description, and help spread word by sharing this one-pager. Interested? Fill out this short electronic application by May 3. You may also take a peek at the questions here

Still have questions? Join an upcoming information session: 
  • In person: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Wed. April 26, Tukwila Community Center
  • By phone: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., Thu. April 27, 206-387-4520 (Passcode: 3579)
  • By phone: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Thu. April 27, 206-387-4520 (Passcode: 3579)
Or please contact info@ccedresults.org or 206-838-6610.

Read the Newly Released 2016 Road Map Project Results Report ...

The Road Map Project's report on the state of education in King County's areas of highest need is now available. While the region has shown some progress, more work is needed to close race and ethnic opportunity and achievement gaps. Flip through the 2016 Results Report or read these news articles:
  • Road Map Project Raises Goal, but Extends Deadline for Getting More Students Through College (The Seattle Times
  • King County as 'Poster Child' for Suburbanization of Poverty (KUOW
The CCER team is eager to share the report.  If you need  physical copies for your team or network, or would like a presentation of the Results Report with customized data reporting, please contact Lynda at lpetersen@ccedresults.org or 206-838-6619. 

... and Check out the Revamped Data Dashboard

The online Data Dashboard provides even more information than the Results Report at the school, district and regional level. The tool allows a deeper dive, showing how outcomes and demographics have shifted by race/ethnicity, income, housing status, gender, language and ability status since 2010. You'll also find a two-pager with a helpful summary on how to use the Dashboard.  

Rapid Resource Fund Next Deadline May 1

A subset of the Aligned Funders group contribute to the Rapid Resource Fund, a pooled fund that provides timely investments in the region to support Road Map projects and strategy implementation efforts. The fund was created to support immediate, short-term opportunities identified by Road Map Project work group members and partners that leverage potentially larger, system-level changes. Please review the grant guidelines, and contact Leslie Silverman ( lsilverman@philanthropynw.org) with any questions. 

CCER is Hiring a Digital Communications Specialist

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project, is looking for candidates with experience developing and implementing communications strategies using a variety of digital platforms. Read the  job description, which includes responsibilities, requirements and salary. 

Best Starts for Kids Update

School's Out Washington is partnering with King County in the development and implementation of a quality out-of-school-time (OST) system. There are open positions and RFQs related to this exciting effort:
- RFQ: Planning Consultant  submission deadline: 5 p.m. PDT, April 19, 2017 
- King County Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) System Director  (Best consideration date): 5 p.m. PDT, April 21, 2017
Note: Resumes will be accepted after the best consideration date. However, preferential consideration is given to  resumes submitted by then. The announcement will remain open until filled. 

Stay up-to-date on the latest with King County Best Starts for Kids, including upcoming community meetings and current job opportunities by signing up to receive the BSK Blog.

King County Vroom Network Meeting

The next Vroom Network meeting is 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 28  at Wellspring Family Services (1900 Rainier Ave. South, Seattle, 98144). If you are currently activating Vroom through your work or are interested in learning more about how you can activate Vroom and the resources available to support you, you are welcome to join the network meeting.  

Road Map Region SEL Symposium Set for August 18

The second Road Map Region SEL Symposium is August 18 and will be a focused learning experience for practitioners (teachers, counselors, youth workers and others). Stay tuned for more information. This event is a follow-up to the System Level Symposium held last October. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact aarias@ydekc.org

New Leadership for Road Map Race to the Top

Dr. LaWonda Smith ( lasmith@psesd.org) is the new executive director for Race to the Top Road Map Consortium Project at the PSESD. Dr. Smith's career spans that of elementary teacher, building administrator of an ethnically and economically diverse high-need school in the Road Map region, Title I and LAP Program Manager at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Seattle University adjunct professor. She will be working collaboratively with outgoing Executive Director Jessica de Barros who is beginning a new position at the ESD.