September/October 2015

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-CCER Team
ERN meeting registration now open
Registration has opened for the next Education Results Network meeting -- the final one of 2015! ERN meetings are free and open to anyone interested in improving education in our region. The featured speakers will be Arnold Chandler and Tia Martinez, leading national experts on place-based approaches to improving the well-being of boys and young men of color. Chandler and Martinez have worked in various local, state and national policy and research roles - most recently at the Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Law School, where they focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline and applying collaborative strategies to improve outcomes for males of color. Overall, the meeting will have a focus on taking action for equity. Special thanks to Pacifica Law Group and The Raikes Foundation for sponsoring this ERN meeting.
Education Results Network meeting
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17
Renton Pavilion Event Center
233 Burnett Ave. S.
Renton, WA 98057
CLICK HERE to register
"Paper Tigers" screening on Dec. 12
You're invited to a screening of "Paper Tigers," a documentary about a Walla Walla alternative high school that reduced suspensions and expulsions by using a trauma-informed approach to school discipline. This event is being hosted by The Seattle Times Education Lab, Seattle Jobs Initiative and the Road Map Project. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided and limited child care is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $5 each or $3 for groups of 6-10 people.
"Paper Tigers" screening
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12
Foster High School
4242 South 144th St.
Tukwila, WA 98168
To watch the trailer or buy tickets, please click here
Evaluation survey heading your way
Education Northwest, a regional evaluation firm, is conducting a multi-year formative evaluation for the Road Map Project. In November, a survey will be sent out broadly to Road Map Project partners and work group members. Your input will help inform the planning for the Road Map Project in the next year.  Please take a minute when it arrives to fill it out. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

Regional kindergarten registration campaign starting up
This is the second year the region's seven school districts have come together to participate in a regional kindergarten registration campaign, which begins the day after the Martin Luther King holiday - MLK Tuesday. When families register for kindergarten early in the calendar year, they can be connected to Jumpstart and other early learning programs that can help the child and family be ready for school. The Birth to Third Grade Work Group has prioritized this strategy as a way to boost school readiness. Flyers communicating the key messages of the campaign are being finalized and will be translated into several languages, and an outreach plan is being developed with the input of community partners and parents. This year's materials will be posted on the Road Map Race to the Top website . If you would like more information about how to get involved, please contact Mary Waldron at .
Work groups team up to prevent summer learning loss
Members of the Birth to Third Grade Work Group and Youth Development for Education Results Work Group are discussing how to plan and implement plans in our region that will increase access to summer learning opportunities for more children. By building on existing work, learning from successful local/national practices and identifying what works best for kids and families, this group will continue to work on plans for summer 2016 and beyond. School's Out Washington is leading the development and implementation of this strategy. For more information, please contact David Beard at .
Family engagement survey available
This year, the Birth to Third Grade Work Group prioritized family engagement. A landscape analysis of current efforts will be conducted in November to support the development of this strategy. The group would like to understand how current efforts could be supported and/or expanded and if there are gaps that could be addressed. If your organization or program provides in-person supports to families or information to families without an in-person connection, please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey . Results will be shared with everyone who completes the survey and all work group members.
Supporting Best Starts for Kids implementation   
Now that the Best Starts for Kids levy has passed, the focus is shifting to supporting effective implementation. A few days after the levy passed, the Birth to Third Grade Work Group submitted a letter regarding implementation planning to King County leaders. The letter outlined key process considerations and ways in which Best Starts for Kids investments could be aligned with work group priorities. For more information, please contact Lynda Petersen at
Trainings available for college access data  
The CCER data team and college and career staff have developed a College Access Spreadsheet (CAS), a data tool that provides college readiness and access indicator data at the school level. The purpose of CAS is to support schools, organizations and community partners to improve programs, make service decisions, advocate for supports and to provide a baseline for comparison and trends. Indicators such as rigorous course-taking, graduation rates, FAFSA filing rates and college enrollment rates are all included. While CAS was designed to improve access to data, it was developed with a more technical audience in mind. During September and October, five trainings on CAS were provided to over 65 education professionals who identified a use for the data! If you think your school or organization could benefit from using CAS, please contact Avery at for more information.
DiscoverU a success!
Thank you  to everyone who helped make DiscoverU a major success! From Oct. 12-16, more people than ever helped put a spotlight on college and career for all students. Both inside and outside schools, students of all ages thought about their futures and how education can help them reach their dreams. In addition to implementing many creative activities, DiscoverU supporters took to social media to share college or career selfies and write about their pathways. You can view a  recap of posts shared throughout the week on Storify , which doesn't require a social media account to access.
Did you participate in DiscoverU this year? If so, we'd love to hear your feedback on how we can make improvements for next year. Please take a few moments to complete a six-question survey --  CLICK HERE   to share your input. We also plan to convene a DiscoverU planning team next year. If you are interested in being part of that, please email .
College application events happening now
Twenty-four college application events have been scheduled for October and November. These events provide one-on-one support for high school seniors navigating the college application process. Students receive help researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements. Help is still needed! If you would like to volunteer, go to , select "college application events" and click on "community volunteers." From this page, you can see the full schedule of events. Thirteen events remain in November. If you have questions, please email .
Community and technical college report forthcoming
Thanks to the great collaboration with local community and technical colleges (CTCs), the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington State Education Research and Data Center, CCER has received CTC data for students graduating from districts in the Road Map Project region who have gone on to enroll in local CTCs. CCER has been able to analyze outcomes for these students. The purpose of this reporting is to support continuous improvement. We are currently writing a report on the Class of 2011 cohort and look forward to releasing it in December. For more information, contact Avery at .
Puget Sound Coalition creates work plan
The Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness, a group of the region's K-12 superintendents, community college presidents and regional partners, has crafted a 2015-2017 work plan , which focuses on high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment and completion. The plan will be approved at the next meeting. Moving forward, coalition members will be diving more deeply into issues affecting student success in high school and college, including improving dual enrollment, addressing summer melt and supporting students impacted by trauma.
Project Finish Line convening held
Over 40 college staff/faculty and college access providers came together last month to participate in the Project Finish Line learning community kick-off. The convening included a discussion of survey findings about participants' interests in issues related to college completion. To further refine learning priorities, participants met in both job-alike groups and college teams. As a next step, Maureen Pettit and Hilary Loeb will be summarizing key kick-off takeaways and launching four topic interest groups: 
  • Exploring methods/frameworks for measuring program effectiveness
  • Introducing culturally relevant materials into student services and/or the classroom
  • Scaling up effective practices
  • Integrating practices that build students' academic self-efficacy into student services and/or the classroom
To learn more, please contact Hilary Loeb at
Report looks at course-taking in region
RTI International, Race to the Top's external evaluator, recently completed a study of course availability in South King County. This study explores both the regional availability of rigorous high school courses and how building administrators describe the context of school, district and other factors that influence how high school courses are scheduled. By analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, RTI documented the extent of opportunity gaps in South King County high schools and strategies that building-level leaders employ in order to broaden access to AP, IB and Cambridge course offerings. The study memo and report may be found here .
Financial aid from start to finish
Road Map Race to the Top, the Puget Sound Educational Service District and the Puget Sound College and Career Network will be hosting Financial Aid from Start to Finish on Dec. 8 at the PSESD in Renton from 8:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is for middle and high school counselors, and will include an overview of the financial aid process, changes for this year and breakouts for middle school counselors (College Bound Scholarship strategies and ideas) and high school counselors (FAFSA strategies and ideas). 
Speak Your Language campaign launches
The ELL Work Group recently launched a regional campaign to promote the importance of home language development and build an education system that values home language as an asset. The campaign consists of several key messages pertaining to brain development, opportunities for bilingual students in high school and beyond, and some practical strategies for parents. The messages are in this one pager and you can use it to spread the word! It will soon be translated into 23 languages.
The ELL Work Group has partnered with the South East Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) and the Birth to Third Grade Work Group to lift up the messages with coalition partners. Schools such as Maple, Graham Hill and Seattle World School are creating bilingualism celebration events for families. And community organizations such as the Chinese Information Service Center, Refugee Woman's Alliance and Child Care Resources are developing trainings for parents, curricula for play-and-learn facilitators and oral storytelling events as part of the Speak Your Language campaign. Find out how you can get involved by contacting Chelsea Whealdon at .
New research on ELL students
The Seattle Times published an article last month highlighting new research by one of the ELL Work Group's research partners, Education Northwest. The research describes the average amount of time it takes for students to exit out of the ELL program. In addition, Education Northwest released their newcomer student study, which describes trends and graduation rates for older ELL newcomer students. In 2016, the ELL Work Group and CCER will release a report with new indicators, which will provide a comprehensive understanding of how our ELL students are progressing.
Somali education forum held
On Nov. 7, Somali parents, community leaders, school board members and education advocates gathered in Tukwila to discuss educational disparities facing the Somali community as part of a broader effort to close the opportunity gap in the Road Map Project region. ELL Work Group members listened to Somali community discussions and priorities around how to close the opportunity gap for Somali students. In 2016, the ELL Work Group members will host a full-day retreat to get input and feedback from parents across the Road Map region into how to better spend Title III funding.    


STEM Network holds retreat
The South King County STEM Network gathered for an all-day retreat on Sept. 16 to discuss components of the region's STEM action plan. After a very productive day, subcommittees were formed to continue the work of refining the action plan. The network meets again on Dec. 9 and Washington STEM CEO Patrick D'Amelio will visit to discuss the progress of many STEM efforts across the state. For more information, please contact Sylvester Cann at
Ambassadors sought for STEM learning tours
In early spring 2016, 40 STEM ambassadors will be selected by Washington STEM to embark on one of two learning tours to learn about the challenges and successes of STEM education in communities across Washington State. The ambassadors will be a mix of educators, STEM industry leaders, parents and students, legislators, community leaders and other key stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. Participants will share promising practices and problem solve challenges, dialogue in depth with other invested STEM ambassadors and advance our commitment to equity in STEM education. Click here for more details or to apply to join a learning tour as an ambassador.
New OSPI grant program focuses on science classrooms
Capital infrastructure such as lab space, maker space and science classrooms are important components to offering high-quality STEM education and ensuring students can meet graduation requirements. OSPI's new grant program, created by legislation in the 2015 session, will offer nearly $12 million to school districts across the state that can demonstrate lack of sufficient space for science classrooms. The grant period opens Nov. 16 and ends Jan. 28, 2016. A webinar for the grant will take place on Nov. 17. Click here for more details.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship application period opens Jan. 4
The application period for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship begins Jan. 4 and ends Feb. 29. Eligibility criteria and details can be found on the scholarship's website . The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand STEM and health care majors, and encourages recipients to work in Washington once they complete their degrees. In addition to focusing on high school seniors applying for the scholarship, the South King County STEM Network wants to make sure more college freshmen and sophomores know about the opportunity and apply.
Hour of Code: How can you join the fun?
Hour of Code is a campaign that takes place during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13) where students spend one hour learning to code using tutorials designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. The campaign is hosted by an organization called, and all tutorials, materials and modules are available at their website in over 40 languages. Tens of millions of students across the world participate in Hour of Code each year, including many from our region! If you are interested in hosting an Hour of Code event for your students, in- or out-of-school, visit or contact Sylvester Cann at .

Work group priorities and actions
The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group is meeting as a full group three times this year - the first meeting was held on Sept. 30. The next meeting will be on Feb. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The work group is making headway in all three of their action plan goal areas:
  • More and better out-of-school time: Funding, systems, quality
    • o    Summer: The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group is teaming up with the Birth to Third Grade Work Group for a summer strategy group. Working with system players including King County Housing Authority, the Seattle Family and Education Levy and others, the group is building on-the-ground momentum for high-quality summer learning opportunities in 2016 (5+ weeks, 6+ hours/day, academic and enrichment opportunities), while also building the case for deeper investments in summer in the future.
    • o    Funding: Best Starts for Kids has passed! Although it's not exclusively focused on out-of-school-time, this funding stream will be essential to improved youth outcomes.
  • Improved partnership systems between schools and youth-serving organizations: Data & tool-kit
    • o    The Youth Development for Education Results Work Group is building a school-youth serving organization partnership toolkit. The introduction is ready to review. Please send feedback to Jessica Werner at  
  • Measuring and moving motivation and engagement, SEL & 21st Century skills
    • o    The SEL Council for the state has begun meeting and will be developing K-12 SEL benchmarks. The 2014 supplemental budget, 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 kindergarten through high school that build upon what is being done in early learning." The work group's next meeting isNov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at Renton Technical College. The work group will establish regular meeting times and locations for subsequent meetings soon. The SELB Work Group will submit its report with recommendations to the education committees of the legislature and the office of the governor by Oct. 1, 2016.  The work group also has a website.
    • o    Working on an "inventory" of professional development (teacher and youth worker) around building motivation, engagement and SEL to identify gaps and see what's working.
    • o    Exploring options for school-based surveys moving forward.
Questions? Please contact Jessica Werner at .
Report identifies barriers to opportunity
In this new report from the Opportunity Youth Data Project, the Department of Social and Health Services underscores the barriers faced by 16-24 year olds in our region who are not connected to school and work. Fast facts:
  • Over 1 in 3 opportunity youth are parents
  • Nearly 1 in 3 face homelessness
  • 41% had a conviction or arrest in the past 5 years
  • 24% had a diagnosed substance abuse disorder in the past 5 years
  • 41% had a diagnosed mental health condition in the past 5 years
Proposal focuses on supporting behavioral health
In response to the above findings, CCER, King County Employment and Education Resources and Reclaiming Futures teamed up to submit a "new concept" to the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency sales tax renewal process. If the proposal advances through future rounds of review, it would support the integration of dually certified chemical dependency and mental health specialists in reengagement programs across the region.
Regional outreach team grows
King County's opportunity youth and reengagement community is thrilled to be working with the new regional outreach team at King County Employment and Education Resources to advance several of the access/outreach goals in the Opportunity Youth Action Plan. Mario Bailey recently assumed the role of outreach manager and Christina Veloz joined the team as an AmeriCorps member. Together they bring a wealth of experience in community engagement, social work, youth development and outreach. Work is underway to establish referral processes, test outreach strategies and develop new communications tools. Thanks to the Raikes Foundation and the Workforce Development Council for helping make this idea a reality!

Supporting data use in our region
In partnership with BERK Consulting and Open Doors programs across the region, CCER is exploring how we can help programs manage the complex data collection and reporting requirements they are juggling and ensure that the information they are collecting is useful to practice and to overall system-building. Programs came together in late October to review BERK's initial report. Going forward, we will be sharing promising data tools and practices across the network, working with OSPI to try to streamline and improve reporting processes. In the longer term, programs are interested in exploring potential shared data systems. For more information, please contact Nicole Yohalem at

Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for disconnected youth
Seattle/King County was recently recognized by the Obama administration when the WDC's P3 proposal was approved! This represents an exciting opportunity to align Open Doors and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding, improve eligibility requirements and build shared functions across employment and education programs. Stay tuned as final negotiations with the departments of Labor and Education are resolved and we learn more about next steps.

Regional delegation attends PolicyLink Equity Summit
A delegation of 65 people from the Road Map Project region attended the  PolicyLink Equity Summit  in Los Angeles last month. The delegation included community advocates, school board members, community organization staffers and K-12 and postsecondary leaders. The theme of the conference was "All in for inclusion, justice and prosperity" and featured cross-sector workshops and speakers. 
During the summit, CCER organized a reception for the Puget Sound delegations, which included The Seattle Foundation's Communities of Opportunity grantees, members of the Regional Equity Network and the Road Map Project delegation. This event was intended to create an opportunity for the nearly 100 regional leaders to network and learn about each other's work and connect with new and existing partners. The event was sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, The Seattle Foundation and King County. You can expect to hear more about the delegation's experience at the  upcoming Education Results Network meeting on Dec. 17 .
Road Map Project small grants awarded
Four Road Map Project small grants were awarded in the last two months. The purpose of the Road Map Project Small Grants Fund is to fund activities, events and projects that build the capacity and leadership of local grassroots organizations and community stakeholders (i.e. residents, informal or formal organizations) to participate in improving education results within South Seattle and South King County. For more information about the Small Grants Fund, please email

September 2015:
  • East African Community Services -- To support their parent engagement, advocacy and youth leadership and empowerment forums
  • New Path to Education Sustainability -- To provide training and development for the East African Educational Committee
October 2015:
  • Somali Family Safety Task Force -- To increase parent engagement in the Highline Somali community
  • Iraqi Community Center -- To conduct Arabic class for children ages 5-13 in Highline Public Schools and provide monthly trainings for parents to learn about the school systems and gain advocacy skills
Family Engagement Collective re-convening
The Family Engagement Collective has reconvened as a joint work group made up of parent engagement district leads and community-based organizations that have identified they are actively doing family engagement work in the Road Map Project region. This work group will be the voice that will inform the development and implementation of collaborative and best practice family engagement initiatives to improve student success and achieve the Road Map Project's 2020 goal. Please contact Carlina Brown-Banks at to learn more.

Rapid Resource Pooled Fund
In September, the funders participating in the Road Map Project Rapid Resource Fund discussed three proposals and agreed to fund two. Those are:
  • The Professional Educator Standards Board and the ELL Work Group proposed a survey project to better understand and structure regional pathways for bilingual classified staff to become teachers. This will also include the creation of a new work group composed of ELL and human resources directors to discuss how to eliminate barriers and create more equitable hiring processes.
  • CCER, on behalf of partner organizations (Washington STEM, League of Education Voters, School's Out Washington, College Success Foundation and OneAmerica), submitted a request to support the "Follow the Money" analysis, which is an effort to understand how much new money Road Map districts will receive as a result of the McCleary decision, starting with several components of basic education (i.e. transitional bilingual instructional program, learning assistance program, special education, guidance counselors, parent involvement coordinators, etc.) Additionally, resources from local levy dollars will be analyzed to gain a more complete picture of district resources, which can help boost local advocacy efforts.
Road Map Aligned Funders meeting Nov. 20
The next Aligned Funders meeting is Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pacific Tower's 8th Floor Panoramic Room. All public and private education funders working in South Seattle and South King County are welcome to attend and connect with funder colleagues and receive updates on work happening around the Road Map Project. Questions? Please contact Lynda Petersen at  

Best Starts for Kids wins!
Congratulations to King County and the many advocates who supported the Best Starts for Kids ballot initiative! The measure was approved with more than 55% of the vote in the Nov. 3 election. The work ahead will involve developing an implementation plan that incorporates ideas from various interested parties. The Birth to Third Grade Work Group has already started to weigh in on implementation and other groups in the project will stay closely involved.
C2C Coalition featured at Seattle Metro Chamber Leadership Conference
The Cradle Through College Coalition sponsored the opening reception for the annual Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Leadership Conference at Suncadia on Oct. 21. A number of coalition organizations that represent the full education continuum displayed their work and interacted with conference guests, which included business and elected leaders. Thank you to College Success Foundation, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, Educurious, Thrive Washington, Best Starts for Kids, Vroom and Washington STEM for showcasing your work at the reception.
Discipline coalition gathering
The first meeting of the School Discipline Coalition is happening Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the White Center Library (11220 16th Ave. SW in Seattle), hosted by TeamChild and OneAmerica. The agenda for the meeting is forthcoming. RSVP to by Nov. 13 to attend. Improving discipline policy across the region is a Road Map Project advocacy priority being driven by the Advocates Caucus.
Seattle halts elementary suspensions
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution on Sept. 23 to put a one-year moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for elementary students who commit certain nonviolent offenses. Thank you to Director Martin-Morris for sponsoring the resolution and to the many advocacy partners - including the Road Map Project Community Network -- who weighed in on the issue by writing letters to the school board or testifying at a meeting. 
"Follow the Money" presentations coming up
The exciting research being conducted to shed light on school district financing is making steady progress. There are multiple phases to the analysis, and the first phase will be presented at a high-level during the Dec. 17 Education Results Network meeting. There will be a number of briefings on the work before the end of January 2016, including presentations to Road Map Project work groups and community groups. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Sylvester Cann at .

CCER staffer selected for Tableau Fellowship
CCER research scientist Shelby Cooley was selected for the Strive Together Tableau Fellowship, an opportunity to connect with other analysts from education-related collective impact organizations and learn how to use the locally made software tool to support student outcomes. The selective fellowship will be a nine-month process of learning how to use the software, apply the tool to education research questions and share results across the country. Shelby and the data team look forward to the opportunity to provide more and better data visualizations to the Road Map Project community in the coming months.
New data being analyzed
CCER's data team is digging into new data provided publicly by OSPI , including reading, math and science assessments. The team worked with the Road Map Project Data Advisors Group to analyze how the new Smarter Balanced Assessments have affected performance in reading and math specifically. New data on financial aid filing is now available from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) . WSAC created the portal to support counselors and administrators serving students and also to provide information on filing rates to public audiences. Contact Alessandra Pollock at for more information. 

Let's connect on LinkedIn
Are you on LinkedIn? If so, check out the newly revamped " CCER - Supporting the Road Map Project " page to stay up-to-date on the Road Map Project work and upcoming events. As a reminder, you can also find the Road Map Project on Facebook , Twitter and YouTube . Please contact Kristin Johnson-Waggoner at if you have questions.