Job Alert: Early Learning and Elementary Success Director

Are you committed to racial equity and have a background in early learning or elementary school systems? Community Center for Education Results, which supports the Road Map Project, is hiring a full-time Early Learning & Elementary Success Director to join the team! Preferred application deadline is October 12, 2017.

Road Map Project News Round-Up

Jeff Lew, a Beacon Hill parent, has raised nearly $100,000 to eliminate school lunch debt in five districts. Now, he's looking to expand his efforts across the whole state.

New initiatives from Best Starts for Kids will provide a combined $1.46 million in funding to help schools and their partners better address the impacts of trauma and adversity and expand mental health support in King County middle schools.   Requests for proposals are open .

Led by moms in the community, HYPE Federal Way is creating culturally responsive mentorship for local teens. 

The Puente Program aims to build bridges for Latinx students through culturally relevant approaches. Started in California, Puente is beginning the first Washington State program at Highline College.

A Washington legislative agreement to connect a two-year technical degree for paraeducators to a four-year teaching certification can address teacher shortages in the state and bridge the opportunity gap, particularly for students with special needs.
11 Questions With Community Leadership Team Member
Freda Crichton

The Road Map Project recently announced its first-ever Community Leadership Team, a group that will provide visionary leadership and community accountability for improving education results and closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Over the next few months, you'll get to learn more about each of the 14 new members through this series.
Freda Crichton grew up in the White Center neighborhood and is a proud alum of the Year Up program. Her passion is working with and helping youth who have not had it easy in life. After studying at Seattle Central, she committed to a year of AmeriCorps service as a High School Student Success Coach. Freda is now a Peer Connector with ReConnect To Opportunity King County, where she connects 16-24 year olds who have dropped out or are at-risk to an education program to so they can complete their GED or high school diploma. She also helps them find employment. Freda is a martial artist and can sing in Vietnamese. 

1. In one sentence, how would you sum up your day-to-day work?
I look for opportunities to attend community events or discussions, and I enjoy taking my daughter with me so she can see the beauty in the diversity of our world today. 
2. What do you want people to know about the community or communities you are a member of?  
I want people to know that our communities are so much more than its reputation of just "the ghetto" To us, it is HOME and we do not want to move to find change. Change should find us. 
3. Tell us about a time when an educator or educational experience made a big impact on you.
Graduating high school was the game changer in my life and it was all thanks to a Marine Corps recruiter and my martial arts instructor at the time. 
4. Who's your favorite social justice advocate, living, dead or fictional?
Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for civil rights. He is a shining example of how powerful one voice can be and the power of non-violence. 
5. If you can make one immediate change to the education system, what would it be?
I would get rid of discipline (out and in school suspension) and I would also not have any security or officers on schools' campuses. I would also ban the words "I can't" from being said in school.
6. What are your hopes for the Community Leadership Team?
My hope is for the team to help guide the Road Map Project work and truly increase graduation rates. 
7. Finish this sentence: Equity is ...
... fairness for all. It is knowing that there is not one size fits all. Everyone has different needs and have to be met where they are at. They cannot be expected to get to a certain place in order to receive the support they need.
8. What was the last thing you read, watched or listened to? Would you recommend it?
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. Yes, I definitely recommend it. 
9. Where is your favorite place to go in the Road Map Project region (South Seattle and South King County)?
White Center because it is home. I love going to different lakes and parks as well.
10. What is one of your most cherished family traditions?
Gathering once a week as a family in a circle and each person has to say what they are thankful for. 
11. What inspires you? 
Cultures, people, music, poetry, and art. 

The Community Leadership Team has hit the ground running! Their first meeting focused on forging connections with each other and building collective knowledge of the Road Map Project. 

The new leaders took time to reflect on their personal connections to the work of education equity, and then dove right into a deep discussion of their action agenda.
Upcoming Events
Saturday, October 21st, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
This conference at Chief Sealth International High School offers the opportunity for participants to build social justice networks of people, knowledge, and resources. 
A Road Map Project Superstar: Alejandra Pérez

"My undocumented work is really important to me; making sure that folks see the intersection of immigration and detention and education. "

Alejandra, the College and Career Success Coordinator at Community Center for Education Results, was profiled in  The South Seattle Emerald . Read her story here
The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. 

Through multisector collaboration with more than 200 partners and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gap impacting students of color and low-income students by increasing equitable policies and practices in education systems by 2020 and for 70 percent of its region's youth to earn a college degree credential by 2030. 

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is a nonprofit created to staff and support the Road Map Project. CCER works alongside partner organizations and individuals to provide research, communications, strategy and operations support. 

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