Community members at The Rally for DACA 
in Seattle on September 5.
Educator Forum 

Monday, September 18, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Cleveland High School 
5511 15th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108

Calling all educators! Join the Washington Dream Coalition, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to get resources and updates on DACA, as well as to learn best practices for supporting undocumented students and families. 

Free parking is available. Please share this event with educators in your network!
Road Map Project News Round-Up

After 20 days in the South Shore School's Academy of Creating Excellence, boys of color starting 8th grade increased math scores by 28%.

Marwa Almusawi, an alumna of Auburn Riverside High School, has been named Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green River Community College. 

Garfield High School students produced an episode of KUOW's RadioActive podcast about the history of racial discrimination in the Central District and how those divisions manifest in the current academic system.

Chief Sealth High School grad and current UW student Tsewone Melaku shares her story about the intersection of STEM and social justice.

Voters in Federal Way Public Schools will have the opportunity to approve a $450 million bond proposition on November 7 that will address aging, deteriorating facilities, overcrowding at our elementary schools, and enhanced safety and security district wide.
Social Emotional Learning
 in Action

Last month, Youth Development Executives of King County hosted a Social Emotional Learning Symposium for more than 180 practitioners in the Road Map Project region.  This interactive professional development experience was designed to enhance participants' ability to build social and emotional strengths in themselves and their students across differences of race and culture.

Check out the highlights of the Symposium, as well as other YDEKC resources on social emotional learning. Find engaging tools to support practitioners teach in a culturally responsive mode, build a positive school climate, and develop  a trauma-informed practice. 
Make Every Day Count

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a time to rally communities to reduce chronic absenteeism in our schools. Have you checked out any of these resources?
For more information, contact  Cara Ianni Education Programs Coordinator at King County Housing Authority

Upcoming Events

Somali Parent Education Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM 
East Africa Community Center
7050 32nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Learn more about SPEB and the work they are doing in the community to inspire Somali parents and close the opportunity gap facing Somali students. For more information, contact Regina Elmi and Fartun Mohamed at .

DiscoverU 2017

October 23 - 27

Throughout DiscoverU week, students all around Seattle and South King County will be exploring college and career pathways. Each day will be centered on a theme that the whole community can participate in.  Sign up for the DiscoverU newsletter to get exciting updates!
11 Questions With Community Leadership Team Member Sean Levias

The Road Map Project has 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 months, you'll learn more about the 14 members through this series.

Sean Levias is a longtime resident of Rainier Beach. He is a pastor, parent advocate and dedicated father who works to make a difference in the lives of young people. Sean is also a current student himself at Central Washington University studying information technology, with an emphasis in cyber security. He strongly believes that education is the key for our youth to succeed in life.

1. In one sentence, how would you sum up your day-to-day work?
I would sum up my day to day work as working hard to make a change in our communities one child at a time.

2. What do you want people to know about the community or communities you are a member of?
That South Seattle-from the Central District to Skyway-is a beautiful and very diverse community that embraces all our multicultural faces.

3. Tell us about a time when an educator or educational experience made a big impact on you.
Going back to school to pursue a degree as a working adult had a great impact on me. I decided to go back to college after challenging my children to attend college while they were still young and before starting a family of their own. I wanted to make it clear that if I could go back to school while working, raising a family and running a church, then they should have no problems going to college. In June of 2016, I graduated from Highline College with an associate of arts and I am currently attending CWU working on my bachelor of science.

4. Who's your favorite social justice advocate, living, dead or fictional?
This is not a fair question because I have more than one. I believe that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be at the top. My living social justice advocate would be Dr. Carl Mack.

5. If you can make one immediate change to the education system, what would it be?
If I could make one immediate change to our educational system, it would be to provide equal access to technology. Classrooms across districts would be equipped with the same classroom technology and all students would have laptops or iPads.

6.  What are your hopes for the Community Leadership Team?
My hopes for the community leadership team is that we make a humongous positive impact on education and social justice in our communities. Our children should be able to grow and to blossom in communities they live in.

7. Finish this sentence: Equity is...
... leveling the playing field so that everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

8. What was the last thing you read, watched or listened to? Would you recommend it?
The last thing I read was Thurgood Marshall's The Equality Speech. I would recommend it; I think it is a great read.

9. Where is your favorite place to go in the Road Map Project region (South Seattle and South King County)?
One of my favorite places to go in the Road Map Project region is out with my wife to the Island Soul restaurant. I also enjoy walking around the Seward Park loop for exercise.

10. What is one of your most cherished family traditions?
One of my most cherished family traditions is family dinner during the holiday seasons.

11. What inspires you?
God, Family, Community.

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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