July/August/September 2016

In this Traffic Report

Thank you for reading the Road Map Traffic Report - these updates build on information shared in previous Traffic Reports. Please visit the Road Map Project website to view earlier issues.

 

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Thank you!

-CCER Team
PROJECT-WIDE UPDATES
Road Map Strategic Refresh Process
Thank you to those who have provided input so far, and also thanks to the volunteer Planning Group for their leadership and guidance. The Road Map Strategic Refresh Process is an opportunity to reflect on the collective work over the last five years and to consider what changes should be made to achieve greater results. More information about what catalyzed this process, who has been involved and information about the Planning Group meetings is on the Road Map Strategic Refresh web page.

Informed by recommendations included in the 2016 Road Map Project Formative Evaluation and feedback gathered from many different groups and developed by the Strategic Refresh Planning Group, Community Center for Education Results staff is considering shifts in the way the work is supported across the Road Map Project. Here are some of the proposed shifts in work approaches: 
  • System-Wide Racial Equity EssentialsIncreasing the focus on racial equity and operationalizing that focus throughout the Project has been the primary idea guiding the Strategic Refresh process. This has resulted on a focus on the adult behavior and system change that has to happen in order for student achievement to improve and gaps to close. A variety of partners from throughout the Road Map Project have contributed to the development of the System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials. These essentials are foundational efforts that impact change at the system level and span the cradle through career continuum and will help our region advance racial equity and support student success throughout all phases of their education. In the next phase of the Road Map Project, our collective work will increase focus on changing these system conditions so that our students of color are well supported and opportunity gaps decrease. Both long- and short-term progress on these major system changes will take time, but the work is vital and necessary if we are to attain and sustain regional improvement in education outcomes.
    • Refining the Road Map Project Collective GoalThroughout this process, another consideration concerns the overall Road Map Project goal and whether or not it should be changed. We know that the region is not currently on track to achieve the current goal and that more focus should be placed on changing systems to better support students. The Planning Group members are considering all the input received regarding the goal. Many different Road Map Project partners have contributed input on this important discussion, including the more than 180 people who attended the September 20 Education Results Network (ERN) meeting. A draft Road Map Project vision statement and set of values have been developed for the Strategic Refresh Planning Group to consider as well, thanks to the input of more than 115 people who participated in the Strategic Refresh Input Survey. The vision and values statements, coupled with the Road Map Project goal, will represent a refreshed regional common agenda and the core of what we are striving to achieve together, acknowledging lessons learned since the Road Map Project's founding and the need for continuous improvement. All of this feedback has been compiled for the Planning Group to review, and any proposed changes will be communicated through the ERN newsletter and posted on the Road Map Strategic Refresh web page in October.
    • Organizing to Support Implementation and Build AccountabilityAnother decision point the Planning Group will consider in this planning process in the next few months is the way in which the Road Map Project is organized to support implementation and build accountability.
  • Community Collaborative Action Research
    The CCER Data Team, along with input from the Data Advisers Group and community members, is developing a different approach to how to partner with communities to ensure the CCER data capacity can be accessed and used to support work across the region. Community collaborative action research involves both research and convening as tools to mobilize action. CCER wants to help create a collaborative process that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. The first example of this approach is the Black Student Achievement Project, which you can read more about in the Data section of this Traffic Report. For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Shelby Cooley at Scooley@ccedresults.org.
BIRTH TO 3RD GRADE
SOAR's New Early Learning Collaboration Manager
Kimberly Walker ( kimberly@childrenandyouth.org) is SOAR's new Early Learning Collaboration Manager. In this role Kimberly will staff and support the Road Map Birth to 3 rd Grade Work Group and the King County Early Learning Coalition.This is a new position for SOAR and through this new capacity, there will be great opportunities for alignment between the two groups. CCER's Lynda Petersen will continue as a member of the Road Map Birth to 3 rd Grade Work Group, with a focus on supporting strategy implementation. 

Vroom Activation
The King County Vroom Network held a quarterly meeting on September 16   at the Easterseals Angle Lake Child Development Center.  The attendees from across King County discussed how Vroom is used within their programming, and several discussed opportunities for greater activation.  Vroom materials are now available in Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese (in addition to Spanish) . The majority of the discussion was about how to make Vroom content more culturally relevant for more communities and families on our diverse region. To get involved with next steps, including focus groups with families, contact Devon Love ( devon.love@kingcounty.gov ). 

Best Starts for Kids
On September 19 , the full King County Council voted to approve the BSK implementation plan . At the last several Birth to 3 rd Grade Work Group meetings, King County staff with Best Starts for Kids (BSK) have discussed the latest with implementation plans for BSK, which is a voter-approved levy that will invest 50% of the five-year levy in supports for families and children prenatal to 5 years old. 

Best Starts for Kids Health Survey
This is the first-ever survey to learn about the health, well-being, strengths and needs of young children and their families throughout King County. Approximately 12,000 parents and caregivers in King County have been randomly selected to take the survey which is offered in six languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese and Somali. The survey will help to fill a data gap by collecting important information about the health and well-being of young children in King County. This information will be used to help evaluate the BSK initiative, and summary data will also be made available to the public. If you received the survey or work with families who did, please support the completion of the survey. Find more information here.

Regional Attendance Strategy
September is Attendance Awareness Month. King County Housing Authority and many organizations around the region are helping to spread the message of the importance of good attendance to families. If you work with families or can help spread the message about the importance of good attendance in PreK and elementary school, there are materials available for broad use: PSESD Attendance Awareness Toolkit & Attendance Works "Count Us In" Toolkit. For more information, contact Ted Dezember at TedD@kcha.org .
COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
New DiscoverU Website & Social Media
DiscoverU, our region's week to focus on career and college exploration is just around the corner, October 17-21. Have you visited the brand-new DiscoverU website? Launched just last week, it will serve as a hub for resources, activities and materials to make it easy for educators, families and the community to participate in DiscoverU week. Check it out at www.discoveruwa.org , and you can like DiscoverU on Facebook or follow on Twitter . The hashtag for this year is #DiscoverUWA, so be sure to share the ways you or your organization are participating via social media! We are also looking for participants who'd like to be showcased in the DiscoverU Newsletter and on the website - email info@discoveruwa.org if you have a great activity, resource or idea for DiscoverU week that you'd like to get featured.

College and career planning in high schools
CCER is kicking off an expanded college and career planning guide pilot with eight high schools this fall. The guide, developed last spring, is designed to guide high schools through a five-step process of inquiry that helps them analyze their college and career supports and student outcomes, and plan for future work. The process works with college and career teams within the school that include staff, teachers and community partners that contribute to college and career activities. Each school receives data insights for their high school and takes a self-assessment that looks at five domains: academic foundation, academic behavior and life skills, advising system, career awareness and exploration, postsecondary awareness and knowledge and transitions. Currently the pilot high schools are being selected so that initial meetings can begin in October and November. We are looking forward to working with the college and career teams at these schools for the 2016-17 school year!

Supporting Older ELL Students
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) has worked closely with OneAmerica to develop a web-based navigation tool to support older English language learners in their pathways through high school and college. Close to 40 educators, researchers, community based organizations and parents participated in a think tank at the PSESD to design this resource. More information on this resource is available in the English Language Learner (ELL) section of this Traffic Report.

Project Finish Line
Members of the Project Finish Line team presented at two recent conferences, including Passport to College and National College Access Network, sharing resources and tools addressing postsecondary completion. Plans are underway for the final two Project Finish Line Learning Community Convenings.
  • Measuring Effectiveness:  October 10, 2016
  • Scaling up Effective Practices:  January 23, 2017
Stipends are available for community college faculty participation.  Both recent and future convening and conference presentations and resources are archived here
STEM
STEM Educator DiscoverU Activity Brainstorm Dinner
On Tuesday, September 20, a group of educators and community partners helped brainstorm new STEM-specific activities for DiscoverU. Teachers from all grade levels came up with 12 new activities to be posted on the DiscoverU website, which will be available soon. The dinner was co-hosted by the South King County STEM Network at the Tukwila Community Center.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)
Home Language Campaign                   
As part of the Home Language Campaign, members of the ELL Work Group have collaborated on a video emphasizing the key messages of the campaign through stories from the perspectives of parents and youth  about the importance of speaking and maintaining their home languages.  This video was spearheaded by Seattle Public Schools with collaborative support from Kent School District, Highline Public Schools, and the ELL Work Group, and the video will be released and made widely available soon! Please stay tuned and check back to the Road Map ELL Work Group webpage.

In the end of September, as part of the early learning strategy of the Home Language Campaign, OneAmerica will present on the key messages of the Home Language Campaignat a large-scale Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) professional development training. Training participants include home visitors and coordinators of the Parent-Child Home Program from King County and Yakima areas. This will deepen the ability of the campaign to reach children and families before they enter kindergarten. For more information about this contact nimco@weareoneamerica.org

Access to translation and interpretation in the home language has been a major priority of community members' in the ELL Work Group. Efforts have been underway to move on this issue in the Road Map region, including: Seattle Public Schools allocating additional funding for interpreters in high stakes meetings such as Individualized Education Plan and discipline meetings;  Washington State School Directors' Association recently developing and releasing a model language access policy and procedure; and OSPI's new translated materials for families.

Bilingual Bill
In 2015, OneAmerica and the ELL Work Group were able to secure funding through the state legislature to expand Dual Language Learning (DLL) programs throughout the state.  This effort was hugely successfuland OneAmerica is currently crafting a bill that will continue to expand DLL programs in early learning and K-12, as well as to diversify the teaching workforce.  If you are interested in getting involved and supporting this work please contact the work group staffer, Chelsea at   chelsea@weareoneamerica.org .

Older ELL Pathways
Through a collaboration with the ELL Work Group, the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), and the Race to the Top initiative, the group has worked over the past few months to convene parents and youth, high school and community college teachers, counselors and community-based organizations to design an online navigation tool for older ELL students. The purpose of the tool is to support youth and students in understanding the various components and pathways from high school through college and career, to give them and their parents more information and agency in navigating the system. The tool will also support folks working closely with older ELL students to understand and to fully communicate requirements and options to students that best meet their needs. This work is being led by Hilary Loeb at the PSESD, please contact her with questions or input on the design of this tool.  When it is completed it will be released and posted to the Puget Sound Educational Service District's (PSESD) website. Hilary Loeb: HLoeb@psesd.org

ELL Work Group Retreat
In August the ELL Work Group convened for their fourth annual retreat!  The work group analyzed progress made thus far implementing their four priority areas for 2015-2016, and the Work Group Steering Committee is currently designing and honing the new priority areas and implementation plan for the next few years.  Please stay tuned and contact Chelsea Whealdon at chelsea@weareoneamerica.org if you are interested in joining the group. 
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATION RESULTS
The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group of the Road Map Project is trying a "portfolio" approach to our shared cross-sector work - hoping to engage the right folks in the work that's most pertinent and interesting to them, and will work on the back end to make sure we're integrating the bodies of work that matter to whole day, whole child supports in the Road Map Region and our 3 workgroup goals, which are: Improved Partnership Systems; More & Better Expanded Learning Opportunities; Motivation, Engagement & Social Emotional Learning. Here are some of the top opportunities to share:

Partnership Tool-Kit
Practical, accessible resources and steps to help schools and youth serving organizations initiate and cultivate new and growing partnerships to serve more kids with effective programming. We will be seeking 10 school/youth-serving organization partnership sites to test out modules of the toolkit during the 2016/17 school year. Please let Jessica ( jwerner@ydekc.org) know if you may have a site interested in testing the toolkit.

Student Success Link is open to all Road Map Region Community-Based Organizations
Youth-serving organizations who need access to real-time academic data about their students can request access to the Student Success Link, a web-based tool built by the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) that helps organizations use data to better support students. This system provides a means to securely access data from Road Map school districts using a consistent process and toolset across the region. If your organization is interested in joining, please visit the site above to get started. Important notes:
  • Access to Student Success Link is contingent upon district approval, parent consent and other steps.
  • If you are interested, start the process now. Some steps are time consuming, like negotiating your data-sharing agreement or preparing to collect parent consent forms.
  • Parent consent forms for 2016-17 are available now.
October 7 Road Map Region Social Emotional Learning Symposium
"Whole Child, Whole Day: Elevating and Integrating Social Emotional Learning"
October 7, 2016 at Tukwila Community Center | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
System and organizational leaders, funders, researchers and other decision makers that are actively working in the K-12 education and youth development sectors around Social Emotional Learning and strategies to support the whole child are invited to attend this full-day symposium. Do you lead efforts, supervise implementation, make system-wide decisions, train practitioners, or conduct research in relation to Social Emotional Learning? Are you interested in the connections between Social Emotional Learning, trauma-informed practice, and cultural responsiveness? If you work primarily with adults whose work is in service of children and youth, this will be an opportunity to learn about specific strategies, research, and bright spots emerging in King County. If you primarily work directly with youth, we plan to host another symposium in the spring focused primarily on youth serving practitioners (teachers and youth workers). Register here.

Social Emotional Learning Benchmark Report for Washington State
Released October 1, this report will be discussed in further depth at the Social Emotional Learning Symposium on October 7. Read the report here.

King County Out-of-School Time System Building Taskforce
(Co-chaired by Denise Daniels, Auburn School District)
There are so many moving parts around afterschool and summer system building in King County and Washington State, that we are convening a group that will meet bi-monthly for at least one year (but likely ongoing) to work towards building out an effective system of high quality out-of-school-time programs across the county, and leveraging and informing statewide infrastructure. This group will work to connect the dots between:
  • The "More and Better" out-of-school time goal of the Youth Development for Education Results Road Map workgroup  
  • Statewide out-of-school time system supports (new youth program registry, communications, YPQI, etc.)
  • Informing/leveraging other funds to support Best Starts for Kids implementation planning and success ($4 Million is dedicated to out-of-school time)
  • Student Success Link and academic data access
Road Map Summer Learning Exploratory Study
Thirteen sites providing summer learning in the Road Map region are participating in an 18-month project focused on improving summer learning program quality and collecting parallel data to share the story of summer learning. In October we will convene to look at site level dashboards, then work to improve program offerings for 2017. This work is a result of our combined YDER forces with the Road Map Project's Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group focused on summer. School's Out Washington is another lead partner on the project and the Gates Foundation is providing funding for the exploratory study.
OPPORTUNITY YOUTH 
Power of Peers
Reconnect to Opportunity (aka ReOpp) is a regional effort to connect opportunity youth with a "best-fit" education/employment program. Thanks to support from the United Way, the ReOpp team is expanding to include peer connectors this fall! In partnership with the White Center Community Development Association, Centro Rendu/St. Vincent de Paul, and the Accelerator Y, peer connectors will soon be deployed to reach out to young people in the Rainier Valley, White Center and Kent to let them know about and help them enroll in alternative education/employment pathways. Check out the  ReOpp web site and like us on Facebook!

Back on Track
Reengagement programs from across the region are participating in a quality improvement process this fall with support from Jobs for the Future (JFF) that is based on their Back on Track model. This research-based model guides the design of pathways to credentials for youth ages 16-24 who are off-track to graduation or disconnected from education and work. Programs will participate in a two-day professional development institute October 13-14 and receive ongoing coaching to support the implementation and testing of improvement priorities.

Action Plan 2.0
CCER is working closely with King County, United Way, Seattle Education Access and other members of the original Opportunity Youth Advisory Group to review progress against the original Opportunity Youth action plan, which guided collaborative work for the past two years, and identify priority strategies for the next two years. While the focus on strengthening reengagement pathways for youth who are disconnected from school will continue, we are also exploring strategies to increase supports prior to disconnection from school. 
FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Inaugural Road Map Project Family Engagement Institute
In August approximately 200+ teachers, principals, school board members, community members and parents participated in an in-depth exploration and comprehensive learning sessions centered on the US Department of Ed Dual Capacity-Building Framework. National and local leaders provided opportunities for attendees to explore how to better integrate family engagement practices into existing systems in the region. For more information and presentation materials please visit the Road Map Project website.

Next Steps to Family Engagement Regional Capacity Building
A grant from College Spark Washington will support ongoing opportunities to build upon learnings at the Family Engagement Institute and will be tailored to the needs and opportunities in each district and community. For this support CCER has retained the services of national family engagement experts from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) to work with each of the interested districts. Districts will designate a lead point of contact and a team committed to the work including parents and community partners, commit the time needed to complete a guided self-assessment of current policy and practices, and create an action plan for improving the district's work in this area.  For more information, contact: Carlina Brown-Banks  cbbanks@ccedresults.org

CCER's New Director of Community Partnerships
CCER is excited to welcome another new team member, Deborah Northern, who joined us on September 19 as Director of Community Partnerships. Deborah will support the ongoing family engagement work underway as well as provide leadership on how to further integrate community, family and youth voice into Road Map Project work. Deborah has worked across the education continuum from early childhood to postsecondary for more than 20 years, holding a variety of professional and leadership positions and working on community engagement, curriculum and training design, group facilitation, equity and cultural competency. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors for South King Council of Human Services and adjunct faculty at Edmonds Community College in the Social and Human Services department, teaching and developing courses for culturally responsive practice. Deborah has also been involved in Road Map Project work previously, as the chair of the Community Network Steering Committee for the past two years, and through her work at the Puget Sound Educational Service District. We are excited to add her many years of experience to the team and to further authentic community engagement throughout the region with her leadership. Deborah can be reached at  dnorthern@ccedresults.org .
ADVOCACY
Cradle Through College (C2C) Coalition Statement of Core Principles
The C2C Coalition was originally created leading up to the 2015 legislative session with a goal of banding together to make sure lawmakers consider education as a cradle through career continuum. The need to protect the continuum is even greater going into 2017, so the C2C Coalition hopes to build upon prior success heading into the next legislative session. The coalition's statement of core principles, the document that outlines priorities and goals for the coalition, is currently open for review and public comment on the website: www.c2cCoalition.org. The review period lasts until October 20, 2016. Please contact Sylvester Cann at scann@ccedresults.org if you have questions.
ALIGNED FUNDING
The quarterly meeting of the Aligned Funders Group in July was a special meeting held on National Summer Learning Day.  School's Out WA, the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools and other organizations helped to organized an engaging afternoon with children and students attending summer programs at Hawthorne Elementary and Aki Kurose Middle School.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray participated in the event and shared his commitment to ensuring the City of Seattle works with the school district and other partners to prevent summer learning loss.

Rapid Resource Fund
Members of the Aligned Funders group have decided to contribute to another year of the Rapid Resource Fund to provide timely investments in the Road Map region. The Rapid Resource Fund will award approximately 10-15 grants, beginning in September 2016, ranging in amount from $5,000 - $20,000.  The next application deadline is November 7, and the 2017 deadlines will be set soon.  You can find the guidelines for the Rapid Resource Fund here. Contact: Leslie Silverman ( lsilverman@philanthropynw.org)
DATA
New Director of Data Strategy
We are excited to introduce CCER's new Director of Data Strategy, Natasha Rosenblatt. Natasha, who joined CCER on September 19, will lead the development and implementation of strategies that will bring data closer to communities and to practitioners working to improve student performance. This data will include system-level data that will help implementers and leaders throughout the Road Map Project work for the systemic change that will help to achieve the Road Map Project goal. Natasha has more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale data and reporting initiatives that leverage multi-source, complex databases to address community needs.  Her previous work includes implementing a statewide healthcare database, and developing an annual report on the quality of healthcare services across Washington State.  Natasha is a long-time resident of Southeast Seattle and holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. We are thrilled to welcome her to the CCER team and the Road Map Project community!

Road Map Project Black Student Achievement Focus Groups
"Compelling comprehensive, unified action through the elevation of community wisdom."
Increasingly there are efforts across the region focused on Black student achievement. To inform those efforts, we want to gain wisdom directly from Black youth and learn from one another across districts. CCER is hosting listening sessions with Black youth, parents and program providers across the region to elevate community questions and insights around Black student achievement. This is part of an effort to promote aligned and unified community-based action through the use of data, community wisdom and convening. This summer CCER contracted the services of community consultant Zac Davis, who formerly served at the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights, to support youth focus groups and symposium planning. If you are interested in participating in a youth, parent or program provider listening session please contact Dr. Shelby Cooley at scooley@ccedresults.org.

Progress in Race Data Disaggregation
The CCER data team recently received new data from OSPI allowing us to report outcomes for sub-racial and sub-ethnic groups within our Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian and Hispanic/Latino student populations. Sub-racial and sub-ethnic disaggregation for our Black/African American, White and "Two or More Races" student populations are not included in this new data, but the team is developing a process to collect community feedback on how to meaningfully disaggregate results for these groups.