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The Road Map Project is a region-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.


The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results (CCER),

a nonprofit organization.



"Since I was little, I always dreamed of going to college."
"The College Bound Scholarship inspires me."
"My future depends on the College Bound Scholarship." 

These quotes came from students who attended College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant Advocacy Day on Feb. 17 in Olympia. They, and many other financial aid supporters, shared their stories with lawmakers and asked them to fully fund the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant, which have helped many students in our state. It was an inspiring and important day.

Thank you to everyone who helped with Advocacy Day! It wouldn't have been a success without support from many partners. Please scroll down for a detailed wrap up, in addition to other updates from around the Road Map Project.

Thanks to all!!


College Bound Scholarship & State Need Grant Advocacy Day a success!


About 300 middle school students, high school students, college students, parents, educators, youth advocates and community members from across Washington gathered on Feb. 17 at the Capitol to support full funding for the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant. Together, the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant have helped hundreds of thousands of Washington students obtain a college education, but nearly 34,000 students could not access financial aid last year because funding ran out.


After partaking in advocacy training, the participants shared personal stories with legislators and urged them to fully fund these programs. They also met with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen on the Senate floor, observed Sen. David Frockt introduce a resolution honoring the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant, held a boisterous rally in the Legislative Building Rotunda and even had a surprise visit from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray!


Click here to see pictures from Advocacy Day.


Advocacy Day was a huge success! We continue to hear from participants and legislators about its impact. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! But advocacy doesn't end here. Please be on the lookout for more information about the C2C Coalition and stay involved with advocacy efforts.





Let's Read! planning meetings coming up

Let's Read logo Now in its fourth year, Let's Read! is kicking off with another round of community planning meetings. Let's Read! is the region's summer reading campaign. Its goal is to fight summer learning loss in South Seattle and South King County by connecting parents and families to helpful and enriching resources. Key stakeholders -- those whose work supports and serves children and families during summer -- are being convened in communities across the Road Map Project region to discuss gaps in summer efforts and collaborate on projects. These meetings are open to anyone who wants to get involved in this effort.

Here are the 2015 Let's Read! planning meetings:

  • Tukwila, Friday, March 6, at Valley View Library, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Federal Way, Wednesday, March 11, at Federal Way 320th Library, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Kent, Tuesday, March 17, at Kent Library, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Highline, Monday, March 23, at White Center Library, 3:30 p.m. 5 p.m.
  • Seattle, Tuesday, March 24, at Douglass-Truth Library, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Auburn, Friday, March 27, at  Auburn Library, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Renton, Thursday, April 2, at Fairwood Library, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There are still a few months left until summer starts, which means there are many more things to come! To get involved and stay in the loop on  Let's Read! , please contact Campaign Coordinator Sara Siegel at




The Results Roundtable Toolkit is here!


Last year, more than 25 Road Map Project partners got together to plan Results Roundtables, or community conversations about education data, that reached more than 200 people in our region. The roundtables use data to inspire and mobilize parents and the community to improve education results. These events were held in Kent, Renton, Federal Way and at a regional Juneteenth celebration. This year, CCER is working to support even more Results Roundtables! 


A new toolkit -- available now -- includes tips and tools for planning, facilitating and following up on Results Roundtables, as well as information about accessing financial and technical support from CCER for such events. Gatherings are planned and led by local leaders using a focus on action. It is vital that conversations and learning lead to change.


The toolkit features two types of data conversations:

  • Living Room Results Roundtables - Intimate conversations among small groups of parents and other interested community members that allow for deep exploration of one to two data themes
  • Community Results Roundtables - Larger events hosted by community organizations designed to support participants in exploring three to five data themes and networking with others around the state of education

Are you interested in participating or supporting a roundtable? If so, please contact Carlina Brown-Banks at or 206-838-6624. 




New materials available for universal kindergarten registration campaign

Did you know there is a universal kindergarten registration campaign for the Road Map Project districts going on right now? The goal is to have all families with a child turning 5 by Aug. 31 to be registered to begin kindergarten in fall 2015 by the end of this school year. The sooner children are registered for kindergarten, the sooner families have access to free programs and activities that will help them get ready for school this fall. 


New tools and materials are available on the Race to the Top website to help you spread the word in your communities! Click here to find the following: 

  • Flyers (available in 12 languages
  • Web banners 
  • Starter language for social media and newsletters
  • Talking points for press releases


REMINDER: campaign underway!

Don't forget -- there's a special campaign happening in our region! To mark the release of the 2014 Results Report, CCER and launched a "Teacher Friends & Family" campaign to help teachers in the Road Map Project region of South Seattle and South King County advocate for their classroom requests. While support lasts, teachers in our region who post a project on will be notified of a special code that automatically doubles donations made within the first week the project is posted.


We want to make sure the educators in our region know about this opportunity! Please share the news! For more information, click here to view a fact sheet (PDF).




New blog post reflects on 2014 Results Report

The latest Road Map Project blog post focuses on the 2014 Results Report and the work to improve education systems across the region. Here's a snippet from the piece, which was written by Mary Jean Ryan, executive director of CCER:


"We believe in the concept of collective responsibility and community accountability. We celebrate together when there are great accomplishments, and when we see a system failure, we don't hide from it - we recommit ourselves to the hard work necessary. Failure is not an option."

Click here to read the blog.




Road Map Project '101' coming up

Are you interested in learning more about the Road Map Project? The next Road Map Project "101" meeting is coming up! Here are the details: 


Road Map Project "101"
6-7 p.m. on  Wednesday, March 18
Community Center for Education Results
Conference Room 1
1200 12th Ave. S. Suite 701

Seattle, WA 98144


"101" meetings are designed to help interested people dive deeper into the Road Map Project, ask questions and make connections. Space is limited. Please register today by emailing