October/November/December 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.

 

The Traffic Report is now issued every quarter to better provide you with helpful and thorough updates from across the Road Map Project. Please email info@ccedresults.org with any feedback.

 

Thank you!

-CCER Team
PROJECT-WIDE UPDATES

Road Map Project Strategic Refresh process
Thank you to the members of the Planning Group and everyone who contributed to the Road Map Project Strategic Refresh Process. At the December Education Results Meeting the following foundational elements of the project were shared with the attendees. These will guide the implementation of the work moving forward, especially the implementation of the  System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials and the formation of the new Road Map Project leadership body -  the Community Leadership Team

You can view these materials and more information on the Road Map Project website.  The page will be updated as the implementation continues, and also please contact Lynda ( lpetersen@ccedresults.org ) with any questions or feedback.
  • Road Map Project Vision Statement 
Every child and youth in South King County and South Seattle, particularly children of color and low-income children, thrives in their education, communities and life. 
  • Road Map Project Core Values 
We believe race should not be a predictor of education outcomes, yet education policies and practices have historically disenfranchised communities of color and low-income families. In order to achieve our vision and realize a future where every child and youth in our region are thriving in their education, communities and lives, we must be intentional about disrupting the inequities we strive to change. The Road Map Project core values guide our approach to the work, and help us hold ourselves accountable to children, youth and communities.

This set of values was generated with input from Road Map Project stakeholders, initially through a survey sent to the Education Results Network. The Road Map Strategic Refresh Planning Group added definitions and a framework for ensuring the work of the project adheres to the identified values, which you can view on the Road Map Project website.

Here is the full list of values:
  • Equity
  • Opportunity
  • Inclusion
  • Community
  • Social Justice
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Road Map Project Revised Goal Statement
By 2020, we will increase equitable policies and practices in our education systems and dramatically improve outcomes for children and youth, from cradle through college and career; so that:  

By 2030, we will eliminate the opportunity and achievement gaps impacting children of color and low-income children in South King County and South Seattle, and 70% of youth in the region will earn a college degree or career credential.
BIRTH TO 3RD GRADE

Vroom Survey
Devon Love has been working to activate Vroom in King County for just over a year now. Many stories have been shared through word-of-mouth about Vroom and how it is being used throughout our community. While this has been great feedback, the King County team would like to include a more formal way of capturing some of this information. Please complete this  short survey  and share those wonderful nuggets of information that will be invaluable as this work continues  in the new year. The surv ey should take about 15 minutes to complete and will close January 17.   
 
Next Vroom Network Meeting  
The next King County Vroom Network meeting will occur on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 10-11:30am. This quarterly meeting will be held at Southwest Youth and Family Services - 4555 Delridge Way SW in Seattle. We'll continue the tradition of sharing Vroom stories and brainstorming ways to continue incorporating the tool. Results from the aforementioned Vroom survey will also be shared. Please RSVP for the meeting.

Kindergarten Registration Campaign launches January 17
In 2017, the seven Road Map districts will once again organize to engage with families about enrolling in Kindergarten starting on the Tuesday after Dr. Martin Luther King Day. The basic message of the campaign is that "if your child will be 5 by August 31st, now is the time to register for kindergarten." When families enroll in kindergarten early in the new year they are giving themselves the opportunity to have information about programming in the summer that will help their children be ready to succeed in Kindergarten. Materials, translated into 13 languages, with information about this campaign for parents and for CBOs that work with families can be found  here. Please help spread the word to families!

Early Learning District Champions 
In 2017, the Road Map Birth to 3rd Grade work group will continue to work on a project to support districts who prioritize and promote early learning in their communities. There are many ways that districts are already supporting our youngest learners before they enter kindergarten, and there is a lot more that can be done. Working closely with district early learning leads and many other members of the work group, a set of criteria will be created that will help us identify and celebrate districts that support early learning.

Road Map Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group Meetings in 2017  
The work group meetings have been set for 2017: February 8th, April 12, June 14, August 9, October 11 and December 13. The meetings will all be on Wednesday afternoons at the Tukwila Community Center from 1:30pm - 4:00pm. Please contact Kimberly Walker ( kimberly@childrenandyouth.org) for more information or to discuss being added to the group.
COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
 
DiscoverU Week 2016  
Thank you to everyone who made  DiscoverU  2016 one of the biggest and best years yet! Students throughout our region had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities that got them thinking about college and career pathways available to them. Thanks to  our partnership with Challenge Seattle over 900  students from Renton ,  Seattle and  Highline  school districts were able to attend 20 worksite tours, participate in 5 CEO/executive visits and 7 classroom presentations. The number of # DiscoverUWA  hashtag mentions more than doubled from 2015, and  the new DiscoverU website  makes it even easier to find resources on college and career pathway conversations all year round. We have already begun planning for 2017 and hope you'll stay connected by  signing up for the newsletter liking DiscoverU on Facebook  and  following on Twitter

Puget Sound Coalition 
Members of the Coalition, Race to the Top and Road Map Project teams shared planning tools for high schools at the Washington Education Research Association conference in December 2016. The Coalition and the Puget Sound College and Career Network are currently collaborating to create a joint action plan. The Puget Sound College and Career Network has a number of professional development opportunities addressing both financial aid and supporting undocumented students in January that can be found here. 

Project Finish Line 
Members of the Project Finish Line team presented at the Washington State Pave the Way Conference, sharing resources and tools addressing postsecondary completion. Plans are underway for the final Project Finish Line Learning Community Convening, addressing Scaling up Effective Practices to be held at the Puget Sound ESD in Renton on January 23, 2017 from 11:30-4 PM. Stipends are available for community college faculty participation.
Please register here for the event . Both recent and future convening and conference presentations and resources are available on our website.    

Supporting Undocumented Students   
In recent weeks we've seen an increase in hate and fear, which has left many undocumented students feeling uncertain about their futures in school and in this country.  Undocumented youth, community-based organizations, advocates, and educators are developing resources and tools to protect undocumented students in our region by forming the new K-12  Undocu  Protection Coalition. The coalition has released a  Statement of Protection for Undocumented Students  and will  develop  a toolkit that will be  posted  by January 20 th , 2017  o n the  21 Progress  website.  

CCER's College and Career Success Coordinator, Alejandra Pérez, in partnership with the Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN), has been co-facilitating professional development trainings for educators on how to best support undocumented students. Alejandra Pérez, Larissa Reza, Michel  Baños , and Eduardo Rojas will be facilitating the next training happening on January 18 th , where more than 80 people will be in attendance. If you're interested  in   participat ing in  an upcoming training on how to best support undocumented students in our region, please fill out this interest form.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

The ELL Work Group is looking forward to entering 2017 with the goal of creating their version 2 action plan for the next two years. Over the past few months, there are several things to note that the ELL Work Group has been actively working on:  
  • In partnership with coalition staffers at  OneAmerica , a topic of concern has been the impacts of the new political context on ELL, and immigrant and refugee populations.  In response, the group is staying networked with local organizations offering legal and know - your - rights trainings, and  OneAmerica  will be hosting trainings the 3 rd  Wednesday of every month in 2017.  Click here for training dates and locations and contact  Nimco@weareoneamerica.org  if you would like to register.  The next training will be Wednesday, January 18 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Tukwila School District Administrative Boardroom,  4640 S 144th st, Tukwila, WA, 98168 .  
     
  • Please read OneAmerica's statement  that contains critical information about how the Trump presidency may impact our communities.   
     
  • In November, ELL Work Group members planned for and attended an OPSI public input session on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to ask  that  the timeline to be slowed down for  include  more meaningful input.  Partners across the state have engaged in advocacy  efforts related to  this ask, and as of November 29, 2016  OSPI Superintendent Randy Dorn has extended the submission of Washington's ESSA plan by 60 days to give more time for communities to respond and weigh in. Please contact Annabel Quintero at  education@weareoneamerica.org  to learn more about how you can get involved.  
     
  • The ELL Work Group has maintained a close partnership with Education Northwest, a research agency that over the past 5 years has produced a series of important research reports that have been compiled and are now  accessible here  on the ELL Work Group's webpage at the bottom.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATION RESULTS

The Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit: Early Adopters Project Application (Deadline: January 20; First meeting February 14)  
While partnerships between schools and youth-serving organizations have the potential to provide students the opportunity and support they need to be successful, developing strong and sustainable partnerships can be a challenge. This professional development opportunity will bring together a cohort of CBO/site coordinators to participate in a peer learning group focused on school-community partnerships, receive site-specific technical assistance, and test the Partnership Ecosystem Toolkit. You will learn and apply a diverse array of tools to develop a shared vision and leadership, aligned and responsive implementation, and shared accountability for your partnership.  Download Application Here.   Apply by January 20, 2017 to become an Early Adopter!  

Social Emotional Learning Symposium  
On October 7, 2016 Youth Development Executives of King County hosted a first-of-its-kind symposium on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Road Map region. The symposium brought together school and community leaders, funders, and researchers interested in culturally responsive, trauma-informed, whole child approaches to teaching and learning. The symposium provided attendees with an opportunity to consider ongoing efforts in the region in the context of Washington State's newly recommended  Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks.  These benchmarks provide a statewide framework and system for effective SEL program ming both in and out of school.   
King County Out-of-School Time System Building Taskforce
Co-chaired with Denise Daniels, Auburn School District
This 
bi-monthly  group is working towards building  an effective system of high quality out-of-school-time programs across the county, and leveraging and informing statewide infrastructure. This group is working 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 OST 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)  
Find links to our slide decks and more information here.
Next Meeting: February 2nd  - let  jwerner@ydekc.org   know if you want to be added to the invite list.
OPPORTUNITY YOUTH 
 
Back on Track Reengagement Institute
In October CCER and King County partnered to host a first - of - its - kind two-day Back on Track Institute that brought together over 70 reengagement practitioners from across the region. The institute, which was supported by the Raikes Foundation, featured youth experts as well as trainers from Jobs for the Future, is part of a major effort to support continuous quality improvement within Open Doors programs in the region based on the  Back on Track model . The United Way of King County is now supporting the implementation of program improvement strategies in several programs through their Reconnecting Youth initiative.

  Reconnect to Opportunity (aka ReOpp) is a regional effort to connect opportunity youth with "best-fit" education/employment programs. Mario Bailey and Hanne  Makhani  at King County Employment and Education Resources are busy with community partners at White Center CDA, Accelerator Y, Centro  Rendu  and the Urban League, onboarding a group of amazing young adults who are doing community-based outreach to opportunity youth. Since November, the peer connectors have already identified and worked with  127 youth  to reconnect them to education/employment. Check out the ReOpp web site , read about the peer connectors,  and like us on Facebook !

Expanding Employment Supports
King County recently received seed funding from Ballmer Family Giving to build a team of five employment specialists aligned with the reengagement system that would leverage Basic Food Employment Training funds. The potential to leverage another major public funding stream in an aligned way to support opportunity youth is exciting and helps advance one of the original Opportunity Youth Action Plan strategies around expanding employment opportunities. In related developments,  SkillUp  Washington received support to continue Generation Work, an  effort to increase access for low-income, low-skilled 18-29 year-olds to living wage jobs and careers in high-demand fields; and under the 100K Opportunities Initiative,  Educurious  partnered with Career Link,  YouthCare Juma , and Boys and Girls Club this November to host an employer connection event that brought opportunity youth together with seven local employers for an afternoon of networking, interviewing and hiring.

New Opportunity Youth Research
The research group at the WA State Department of Social and Health Services used a predictive modeling approach to identify factors that influence the likelihood that young people become disengaged. A report and infographic on  Factors that Predict Disengagement from School and Work are now available online One important finding is that youth are most at risk of disengagement upon leaving high school (with or without a diploma) and that youth with some work experience are less likely to disengage.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Family Engagement Field-Building Work 
Following the successful local Family Engagement Institute that occurred in August, teams from all Road Map districts have been working to advance the family engagement work in partnership with families and community-based organizations. Six districts have agreed to participate in the Family Engagement Capacity Building Technical Assistance Function. Most of those district teams have recently completed a self-assessment process evaluating current policies and practices throughout the district. The consultant team from Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) are awaiting their findings and will work with district teams to make recommendations about the work districts can prioritize this school year. CCER will receive a Regional Recommendation Report in mid-February, and this report can be shared at that time. For questions please contact Carlina Brown-Banks  cbbanks@ccedresults.org
ADVOCACY

Cradle Through College Coalition
The C2C Coalition is back in action for the 2017 legislative session, building upon the successful advocacy efforts during the 2015 session. Steering committee members and endorse r s include a broad range of organizations and individuals committed to the education continuum from early learning through higher education. There are four principles guiding the coalition, centered around investing in the entire continuum, from quality early learning through higher education, as well as closing opportunity gaps and increased transparency and stronger accountability. You can view the full statement of principles and join the coalition on the redesigned website at  www.c2ccoalition.org .
ALIGNED FUNDING

Rapid Resource Fund Supports Three Efforts in November  
Funders who participate in the Rapid Resource Fund met in November to review proposals and agreed to fund three proposals.
  • TeamChild's  proposal was funded to support a one-time convening and a series of 4 capacity-building workshops hosted by the South King County Discipline Coalition. The convening will take place in January 2017 and will bring together local funders and grassroots community groups connected to the discipline coalition to focus on eliminating disproportionality in school discipline and improving educational outcomes for students of color.  
  • Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy's request was funded to establish trauma-informed curriculum and services for all Interagency students, through the refinement and piloting of their self-created REACH (Resiliency, Education, Achievement, Choices, and Hope) curriculum. Their funding would continue the momentum built with Interagency staff and students and to share what they are learning and developing with additional stakeholders across the Road Map region as momentum around trauma-informed practice and alternative approaches to exclusionary discipline increase.  
  • Equity in Education Coalition's proposal was funded to support a project entitled  Eliminating the Pipeline: Transforming Juvenile Justice and School Discipline ,  a six-part professional development workshop series spanning March 2017 - March 2018 dedicated to ending racially disproportionate disciplinary practices in school districts and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline in Southeast Seattle and South King County.  
In 2017 the following submission dates have been set for the Rapid Resource Fund:  
  • January 9th (notification by January 24)  
  • March 13th (notification by March 28)  
  • May 1st (notification by May 16)
DATA

Road Map Project Black Male Alignment Effort Listening Sessions  
  • Goal:  In our region, there are many initiatives and programs focusing on the barriers faced by Black students and Black males in particular, but few opportunities to collaborate across district s . The purpose of this effort is to use data, community wisdom and convening to enhance multisector collaboration supporting Black children and youth in the Road Map Project region. The goal of this work is to understand the inequities in student opportunities, specifically for Black boys and young men, and to daylight the adult behavior changes necessary to improve student access and achievement.  
     
  • Role of Data: The CCER Kindergarten-Postsecondary student-level database has a lot of information about academic outcomes across the developmental span. Yet, like all education administrative data, our data does not contain qualitative information to answer questions like how are our region's Black students experiencing their local public schools and when does gender matter? What changes and supports would Black youth and parents  like to see? And how can race data collection be improved to reflect the diversity within the Black community?  
     
  • Current Steps:  From October to early December, Dr. Shelby Cooley (CCER's Research Scientist) and Zac Davis (CCER Consultant) went across the Road Map Project region conducting Listening Sessions with Black male and female high school students, parents and program providers, gathering qualitative and quantitative information on Black identity, school climate, family engagement and school visions. There were over 90 participants, mostly students, representing the diversity within our region's Black community. This information is being entered and analyzed by Dr. Cooley and will support a report and forthcoming convening focused on community voice, disaggregation, systemic barriers, resilience and action.  
Sub race-ethnicity Disaggregation and Washington State House Bill #1541 

In Summer 2016, the CCER data team received the OSPI CEDARS sub-race files, with disaggregated race data for Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic/Latino students (2010-2016). The team is in the process of integrating the data and developing a process to get community feedback on how to disaggregate groups that are not currently available in the file -i.e. sub race data for Black/African American, White and "Two or More Races" students.  

 

Earlier this month the CCER data team presented challenges and gave recommendations to the OSPI Race Ethnicity Student Data Task Force ( RESD Website ) on HB1541  and the 2010-16 Race File. The team discussed 1) Technical challenges  with the current data file as raised by the Road Map Project Data Advisor s group 2) Recommendations for using reporting using groupings available in the current data file 3) Preliminary themes from listening sessions among Black/African American students and parents on racial identity and  how  disaggregation matters. This work has implications for the Road Map Project 2016 Results Report as we revise the Opportunity Gap measure and think critically about community accountability and involvement.  
 
Results Report coming March 30th
CCER is  gathering  data from  Road  M ap Project partners now, and is working on the updated Results Report which will be released at the next Education Results Network meeting on March 30 th . The printed Result Report publication will include updated indicator results and an update on the Strategic Refresh  process , and will be released with an update of the online, self-service  Annual Indicator Dashboard .