January/February/March 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
 
Exhibitors needed!
The 2016 Celebration of Success will feature exhibits of successful efforts that are supporting racial equity, working to close the opportunity gap and demonstrating promising results for low-income students, children of color and students who have historically been disadvantaged. Are you working on a successful effort you'd like to share? Apply now! The application period closes April 27. Visit www.roadmapproject.org/get-involved/celebration-of-success for more information or to apply.

Contribute to Best Starts for Kids planning

Now is the time to help with   Best Starts for Kids planning! Upcoming gatherings will allow people to share their perspectives on the emerging framework. The main discussion questions will be "Are we on the right track based on what is important to you?" and "Are there any critical gaps that have been overlooked?"

For all gatherings, onsite registration begins at 6 p.m. and the conversations run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Here are the meetings in South King County:
  • April 21 -- New Holly Community Center in Seattle
  • April 27 -- Kent Family Center
More gatherings will be added in the coming weeks. To see a list of all community conversations, visit  beststartsblog.com.  

Rapid Resource Fund deadline is May 9
The next submission deadline for Rapid Resource Fund proposals is May 9. The Rapid Resource Fund is a pooled fund created by a subset of the Road Map Aligned Funders Group to support immediate, short-term requests that have the potential to contribute to some level of system change. For more information, please review the fund's guidelines (PDF). The fund is staffed by Philanthropy Northwest.  For more information, contact Leslie at lsilverman@philanthropynw.org
BIRTH TO 3RD GRADE

Work group invites parent participation 
The Road Map Project Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group is currently seeking parents of young children to provide leadership within the group. Parents who live in the Road Map region (South Seattle/South King County), have children in 3rd  grade or younger and who do not work in the early learning or education field are invited to serve as leaders on the Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group Steering Committee and be active participants in the full work group. For Steering Committee members who are serving in parent positions, the Birth to 3rd  Grade Work Group will provide stipends for child care and mileage to support participation. Please contact Lynda at lpetersen@ccedresults.org for more information or if you can help share this opportunity with parents.
 
Revised and final implementation plan available 
In January 2016, the Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group finalized a revised implementation plan that documents the process completed by the work group to prioritize a set of strategies on which to focus, background information about the strategies and additional information about the collective work of the group and the opportunities to leverage in the next year. While this plan is final, each prioritized strategy has an action plan that will be used to track implementation and will be continuously updated. Thanks to all who contributed to this plan!
 
Kindergarten registration campaign continues
Now is a great time to help spread the word to families about enrolling children in kindergarten for the fall. With early registration, families may be able to access summer supports and programming that can contribute to a smooth kindergarten transition and higher rates of school readiness. The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is leading this regional work and collaborating with districts and community-based organizations. For more information, please visit the regional kindergarten registration website: www.KRegNow.org. This site contains information for parents and organizations working with families, including information about what families need to register and school district contact information. You can download flyers and a series of outreach tools in several languages and the entire website can be translated into 13 languages.
 
Region tackling summer learning loss
Preventing summer learning loss is a high priority for several Road Map work groups. Last year, members from various work groups began meeting to discuss how to build a system out of the current scattershot offerings of high-quality programming and provide more access to this programming. This group now meets monthly and is led by School's Out Washington. There is a lot of work being done! Youth Development Executives of King County is working to determine a common assessment and way of measuring progress. A Rapid Resource Fund grant is supporting work by a communications consultant to develop common messages and a framework for this system-building effort that can support advocacy work in the future. Also, outreach is currently being conducted to secure participating programs for a pilot effort this summer. For more information, please contact David at dbeard@schoolsoutwashington.org.
 
Vroom activated in King County
Thanks to everyone who attended the King County Vroom Network kick-off meeting on Feb. 25 at the New Holly Gathering Hall. The afternoon was full of Vroom stories and great energy for learning about the possibilities of Vroom activation. If you want to join the Vroom Network, email Devon Love, King County Public Health's Vroom Activation Manager, at devon.love@kingcounty.gov.
COLLEGE & CAREER SUCCESS
 
Sharing community and technical college data
In January, CCER released the first-ever " Road Map Project Community and Technical College Report," which looks at outcomes for local high school graduates who attended community and technical colleges in our region. Since the report's release, its authors have had the opportunity to share the data with a number of audiences in the Road Map region and nationally, including the Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness, community and technical college presidents, over 100 managers from the Seattle College District, high school counselors and opportunity youth providers and the Lumina Community Partnership for Attainment convening.

A more in-depth analysis is also being conducted to support the needs of different audiences. For example, in collaboration with the English Language Learner Work Group, community and technical college data that looks at the experiences of older ELLs that go on to enroll at local CTCs will be shared out. The hope is to use these data to support continuous improvement efforts at both high schools and colleges. If you have any questions about community and technical college data or are interested in having the data shared with your group, please contact Avery at kavery@ccedresults.org.

Save the date for DiscoverU 2016!
The fourth annual DiscoverU will be taking place October 17-21! DiscoverU is an exciting week of college and career exploration for students of all ages. Through fun activities, both in school and in the community, students will have the opportunity to explore their futures. This year, DiscoverU will be amped up and have an increased focus on career awareness. To continue to improve DiscoverU, the planning team would like students, school staff and other community members to join an advisory committee. The committee will meet monthly June through November. If you are interested in participating, please email Avery at kavery@ccedresults.org.

College and Career Success Coordinator sought
CCER will be hiring a College and Career Success Coordinator to lead DiscoverU activities and support other college and career projects. The position is expected to be posted the week of April 11. Please share the announcement with anyone you feel has a passion for career exploration, is a strong fit for the job description and would be excited to join the CCER team.

College readiness communications work
CCER collaborated with the College Success Foundation to lead student and parent focus groups after the Seattle is College Bound Conference on March 5. The information gathered will support the development of college readiness communications, targeted at 9th to 11th graders, that are culturally responsive, accessible and useful for student and families. Additional focus groups are being held this spring and summer. If you work with a group of students or parents that would like to give feedback on college readiness and messaging they receive from schools, please contact Avery at kavery@ccedresults.org.

Push on for FAFSA completion
The Puget Sound College and Career Network can provide supports to school, district and community-based organizations with high school seniors who need to complete the FAFSA. Regional high schools are also preparing for college Signing Days, which celebrating students' college enrollment. Key resources include:
Project Finish Line analyzing practices to support college completion
The Project Finish Line learning community topic interest groups are currently meeting early to discuss evidence-based practices supporting college completion. The four groups include exploring methods/frameworks for measuring program effectiveness, introducing culturally relevant materials into student services and/or the classroom, scaling up effective practices, and integrating practices that build students' academic self-efficacy into student services and/or the classroom. Stipends are available for community college faculty participation. The learning community will host a four-part series addressing these topics beginning in late spring.
STEM

Big gains in Washington State Opportunity Scholarship applications
Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the 120% increase in students completing applications for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship in the Road Map region from 2015 to 2016! A special thank you goes to the college and career counselors who attended the South King County STEM Network WSOS dinner in December, where attendees shared best practices for helping students apply. Below is the final data from our region.
 
Submitted WSOS Applications
 
2015
2016
INCREASE
Auburn
20
38
90%
Federal Way
39
111
185%
Highline
51
131
157%
Kent
42
46
10%
Renton
36
99
175%
Seattle
91
200
120%
Tukwila
21
34
62%
TOTAL
300
659
120%
 
The scholarship supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington once they complete their degrees.
 
STEM Network members receive computer science grants
In early March, the first computer science grant recipients were announced by OSPI. These competitive grants will make it possible to provide professional development for teachers, obtain the technology hardware and expand access to computer science to girls and students from underrepresented groups. Three members of the South King County STEM Network were awarded grants:
  • Techbridge
  • Washington FIRST Robotics
  • Tech Alliance
The Tech Alliance grant goes toward helping educators teach mobile application development to middle/high school students. The students can then participate in the Youth Apps Challenge competition. There are free trainings for educators on April 22 and June 10. Clock hours are available for both trainings and community-based organizations can also participate. Please contact Marisa Vitiello at apps@technology-alliance.com for more information. This site has more details about the Youth Apps Challenge.
 
Learning tour a  success
On Feb. 18 and 19, the Washington STEM learning tour visited South King County, Tacoma and the West Sound STEM networks. In our region, the group stopped at the Museum of Flight for an employer panel discussion and went to North Hill Elementary in Highline to learn about Common Core implementation. From there it was off to Tacoma. For a full recap, visit the Storify page created by Washington STEM.

Washington STEM celebrating five year anniversary
Congratulations to Washington STEM on five years of working for kids! Did you see that Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed March 31 as "Washington STEM Education Day"? Click here to view the proclamation
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL)

Speak Your Language!
Late last year, the ELL Work Group launched a state-wide campaign called Speak your Language to lift up the value of multilingualism to our communities and economy and to honor the languages and cultures of Washington's diverse students and their families. As part of the campaign, a website was launched for wide-spread promotion and to connect stakeholders to resources. The key messages of the campaign are also available to share with families as one-page hand outs available in 23 languages. The campaign is being carried out by families, teachers, ELL directors and community partners at the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, Open Arms, Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, El Centro de la Raza, Child Care Resources Play and Learn Groups, White Center Community Development Association and many more. Through the work, the campaign has generated a lot of excitement among students, parents, educators and community members and is only just getting started! Contact Chelsea at chelsea@weareoneamerica.org to learn more.

Pressure is ON -- local advocacy for ELL students
As part of the Speak Your Language campaign, a group of linguistically diverse parents, trained by parent ambassadors and OneAmerica, testified in support of the campaign before the Highline School Board in partnership with staff from the White Center Community Development Association and members of the ELL Work Group. Parents will be testifying about the campaign before each of the Road Map region school boards through June 2016. They will focus on the value and importance of home language development and encourage districts to build the foundation for starting or expanding dual-language immersion programs.

The ELL Work Group has also partnered with families across the region to advocate for improved language access policies and procedures for linguistically diverse families. On March 22, a group of parents from OneAmerica, the ELL Work Group and Open Doors for Multicultural Families testified before the Federal Way Public Schools School Board to ask for language access policies. You can watch a video of their testimonies beginning at 47:19. Advocacy on this issue is a 2016 ELL Work Group priority.

Strengthening pathways for older ELL students
If you work with older ELL students, you are invited to an upcoming convening hosted by the ELL Work Group, PSESD and Seattle Education Access. The convening will connect people who work with ELL students in both high schools, colleges and community-based organizations and provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about regional resources and practices to support students ages 16 to 24 whose home language is other than English. In addition, the convening will include a presentation on current outcomes for older ELL students, a panel with parents and students and rich dialogue about emerging needs for school staff who work with ELL students. Individuals can sign up for clock hours at the event. Here are the details: 

Tuesday, April 19
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Renton Technical College 
Please RSVP  here
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATION RESULTS

Work group making headway on goal areas
The work of the Youth Development for Education Results Work Group has progressed through the winter. The next full work group meeting is May 11 at the Tukwila Community Center. The following work is under way as part of progress on the Youth Development for Education Results Summary GoalsAs always, historical documents, presentations and other resources related to the action plan can be found in this Dropbox folder.

Goal 1: Enhance and improve school and community partnership systems that improve student outcomes

Partnership Tool-Kit: Provide 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.

Opportunity to engage: Six to eight people are needed to do a deeper review of the tool kit. Please contact Jessica at jwerner@ydekc.org if you are interested and able to commit six to eight hours between now and mid-May to reviewing/providing "critical friend" feedback. Draft tool kit documents can be found here.

Goal 2: Shift adult practices to increase student success skills, including youth engagement, motivation and social emotional learning by supporting professional development, elevating promising practices and using student perception data (where possible) to inform decision making.

Professional Development and Training Supports Inventory: Anne Powell, of Spark Consulting, has completed a preliminary draft PD & Curriculum Inventory.

Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks (SELB) Work Group: The law ESSB 6052 Sec 501 (34)  directed OSPI to convene a work group "to recommend comprehensive benchmarks for developmentally appropriate interpersonal and decision-making knowledge and skills of social and emotional learning for grades kindergarten through high school that build upon what is being done in early learning by October 1 st to the governor and education committees." The next meeting, which is open to the public, is April 20 at Renton TechnicalCollege.Visit this site for more information:  http://www.k12.wa.us/WorkGroups/SELB.aspx.
 
The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group will likely be hosting a focus group this spring for after-school providers to weigh in on work to date.

Goal 3: More and better expanded learning opportunities during the summer and throughout the school year

Focus on summer: The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group has combined forces with a subset of the Birth to 3 rd Grade Work Group to have more intentional focus on summer. In April, 10-15 South King County summer learning programs will be sought to participate in a cohort of programs offering intensive, comprehensive programming for young people. Contact Jessica at jwerner@ydekc.org for more information or stay tuned for more details in early April.
OPPORTUNITY YOUTH 
 
More doors opening
Options are expanding for young people who left high school without a diploma! Two new King County Open Doors sites are in the early stages of implementation. Learning Center Seattle opens this month at Seattle Vocational Institute - a new GED-to-college collaboration between Seattle Central, King County and United Way that is modeled after Learning Center North in Shoreline. Friends of Youth, a homeless youth-serving community-based organization, is now partnering with Lake Washington Institute of Technology and King County to offer Open Doors programming at their Redmond site. Seattle Education Access is a key partner at both sites, ensuring young people have individualized support to and through college. Local community colleges are also ramping up implementation of High School 21+, a promising new competency-based high school diploma option for young adults age 21 and over.

Learn and earn
Many opportunity youth must work in order to support themselves and/or their families, and it is on us to ensure they aren't forced to pick between school and work. A priority in the coming year is to expand and integrate employment training and work experience into the growing re-engagement system. Several new local efforts make this an ideal time to tackle this. SkillUp Washington recently received a planning grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation focused on embedding paths to employment within reengagement programs. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will be touching down locally and CCER and partners are working to align employer commitments with the local need for education-friendly jobs. The Workforce Development Council received a federal Performance Partnership Pilot award that will facilitate co-enrollment of youth in Open Doors and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. A young adult employment committee of the Opportunity Youth Advisory Group will provide guidance to all three efforts.

Introducing Reconnect to Opportunity
CCER is excited to be working with a new outreach team at King County to implement Reconnect to Opportunity (aka ReOpp), a regional effort to connect opportunity youth with a "best-fit" education/employment program. Since November, the ReOpp team has received over 100 referrals and has re-enrolled 52 young people in local education pathways. Partnerships are being developed with housing authorities, libraries and the youth homelessness, juvenile justice, and reengagement sectors, and efforts are underway to hire young people as peer outreach workers. To get reconnected, young people can submit a simple online form at the new ReOpp web site or call the hotline at 206-263-8244.

King County steps up
The King County Employment and Education Resources (EER) division is playing an increasing leadership role in our community's efforts to reengage opportunity youth. Hanne Makhani recently joined the EER team as reengagement system manager, a new position that will provide leadership to Reconnect to Opportunity as well as other system-building priorities. Hanne is working closely with CCER and many other partners to continue implementation of the system-building priorities laid out in the Opportunity Youth Action Plan. Welcome, Hanne! 
FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

2016 Family Engagement Institute scheduled
The Road Map Project will hold a Family Engagement Institute Aug. 16-18 at Crowne Plaza in SeaTac. This institute is being designed in collaboration with districts' family engagement leadership, community-based organization partners, parents and community leaders. Attendee makeup and criteria is still being developed. If you have any questions, please contact Carlina at cbbanks@ccedresults.org.

Road Map Project Small Grants Fund future
CCER will be pausing the Small Grants Fund program for an in-depth evaluation. During this evaluation, the program's impact thus far will be reviewed and its future will be discussed with Road Map Project partners, the Community Network and the current and past reviewers. The goal is to ensure the Small Grants Fund can benefit organizations and communities in supporting parents and students in educational success. If you are interested in participating in the evaluation please contact Carlina at cbbanks@ccedresults.org.
ADVOCACY

Follow the Money briefings a success -- and more coming up
CCER and several partners, including League of Education Voters, Washington STEM, College Success Foundation, Youth Development Executives of King County and School's Out Washington, invested in a financial study to gain insight on how billions of new dollars in education funding have impacted the Road Map districts. The project is called "Follow the Money." In addition, the research uncovered the inherent inequity of an education system that relies so much on local levies.
 
The research was presented by consultant Haid Garrett, of Third Sector Intelligence, to several Road Map Project partner groups and the general public. Nearly 100 people attended two-hour briefings and feedback forms showed that the information was valuable.  
 
Based on the success of the first round of presentations, CCER is committed to offering more presentations to reach even broader audiences. Work groups, parents, education professionals and community groups have asked that presentations continue with the goal of increasing understanding of the task ahead for the legislature to fulfill the McCleary mandate. Be on the lookout for how you can attend a Follow the Money briefing session.
 
Legislature punts on McCleary obligation
The 2016 legislative session ended with very little progress toward a solution for McCleary. A "plan to plan" ( SB 6195) was passed and signed into law. It will create another task force to study the issues and offer recommendations. General consensus is that the pace of the legislature is too slow and policy-makers are punting on their responsibility. Here are a few articles about the session:
 
 
Bright spot in the legislative session
News from the legislative session is not all bad. Gov. Inslee signed Rep. Santos' Educational Opportunity Gap bill into law on March 30 at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle. This omnibus opportunity gap bill does many things, including putting limits on long-term suspension and expulsions and requiring that ethnic subgroup data is further disaggregated. More information about HB 1541 can be found here.
ALIGNED FUNDING

Funders focus on Race to the Top grant
At the March Road Map Aligned Funders meeting, the bulk of the discussion was about the Road Map Region Race to the Top grant. Attendees discussed the lessons learned from the last few years of implementation and the latest in sustainability planning. For more information or to receive the materials from the meeting, please contact Lynda at lpetersen@ccedresults.org. The next Road Map Aligned Funders meeting is May 20.

Reflection on Rapid Resource Fund 
At the March meeting of Rapid Resource Fund participants, attendees reviewed a list of projects supported through the fund since its inception almost two years ago. The discussion was focused on how to adjust the guidelines and process to achieve the goals of the fund, which are to support timely implementation efforts in the Road Map region and to support the learning agenda of the participating funders. The third year of the fund will begin this summer and additional funders are invited to join.  Please contact Leslie at lsilverman@philanthropynw.org if you are interested or would like to learn more.
DATA

Have you visited the new data dashboard?
Checking the status on Road Map Project Indicators of Student Success has never been easier! The new Annual Indicator Dashboard provides access to performance on most indicators and includes the ability to "slice and dice" by district, student subgroup and even school. Please check out this tool and leave your feedback and comments on the survey.

Research and special project updates
The CCER data team continues to support work across the Road Map Project:
  • Staff worked with youth reengagement programs to provide data analysis and development of a regional reporting tool
  • Analysis on student outcomes at local community and technical colleges continues, with presentations to local college staff and work on smaller populations including ELL students and students graduating from the Highline Public School district
  • Planning for a special ELL report has begun, as has work on a report to highlight the assets and challenges that African American students face in our region

Preparing for new data
CCER's data team is also working with a local consulting company to update the database data model and prepare for new employment data. The team is exploring the use of employment data for measuring existing Indicators of Student Success as well as conducting deeper analysis on smaller groups of students involved in Road Map Project programs. In addition, the team is preparing to integrate additional data on student race and ethnicity in order to provide more detailed disaggregation for Indicators of Student Success and other research. The team will work closely with community groups and local experts to ensure that new data and reports are produced using a racial equity lens.