You're invited to the Speak Your Language Campaign Launch Party!

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Southside Commons
3518 S Edmunds Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Celebrate the power of bilingualism and join us as we work together toward an education system in Washington that respects and lifts up all cultures and voices.  For more info, contact:
Johnson Nguyen, Event Coordinator at OneAmerica.
Road Map Project News Round-Up

Congratulations to Road Map Project partners Treehouse for doubling its goals for students in foster care to graduate at the same rate as their classmates. The Graduation Success program launched in 2012. 

Federal Way Public Schools is  leading the way in creating equitable opportunities for underrepresented students toward STEM pathways.

The founders of Here Seattle, a STEM diversity group, are launching a tech outreach initiative for Black and Latino boys. 

A new Starbucks in White Center has committed to providing job training for at least 100 local opportunity youth in the next year. They are partnering with community organizations, including the White Center Community Development Association, Highline College, and the YWCA Seattle King Snohomish.

How did Renton Schools get 75 percent of its high schoolers to take a college-level course? Superintendent Damien Pattenaude explains.

In Tukwila, where nearly 12 percent of the district's students were identified as homeless last year, a new grant will train school staff to support students who lack a stable home.

11 Questions With Community Leadership Team Member
Kevin Truong

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.
Kevin Truong is the Executive Director of  Hey Mentor , a nonprofit that provides online college and career mentorship. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. Kevin earned a degree in Law, Societies, and Justice and is currently attending the University of Washington for his Master of Public Administration degree.
1. In one sentence, how would you sum up your day-to-day work?  
Lead, Learn, and Repeat.
 2. What do you want people to know about the community or communities you are a member of? 
I'm from High Point, a low-income, public housing community in Seattle. I want people to be more understanding toward youth from my type of community. Growing up, I had more people expecting for me to fail than believing in my success, and I think those type of negative judgments can really shape a student's outlook on education.
3. Tell us about a time when an educator or educational experience made a big impact on you.
My law professor, Bob, was the most influential educator. He showed me that it was okay to fail and to come from a humble background. Bob was a successful lawyer, real estate agent, lecturer, and family figure. He had all the qualities of the type of role model that I aspire to become.
4. Who's your favorite social justice advocate, living, dead or fictional?
Arnold from "Hey Arnold!." I find a lot of wisdom and value in '90s kids shows. Creative outlets like children's cartoons can be very influential forms of social justice.
5. If you can make one immediate change to the education system, what would it be?
Free college tuition. Talented and deserving students are too often giving up on their dreams due to the cost of education.
6. What are your hopes for the Community Leadership Team?
My hope is for the Community Leadership Team to bring ideas to life. I want to see how we can enact changes across the board that will actively benefit students.
7. Finish this sentence: Equity is ...
...  access to equal opportunities.
8. What was the last thing you read, watched or listened to? Would you recommend it?
The last thing I watched was "Game of Thrones." Yes, I highly recommend it!
9. Where is your favorite place to go in the Road Map Project region (South Seattle and South King County)?
Growing up in West Seattle, my favorite place to go is the waterfront by using the water taxi. Having lunch at Marination Ma Kai, riding the water taxi to the waterfront, visiting gift shops and walking up to Pike Place Market-a perfect activity for both tourists and locals.
10. What is one of your most cherished family traditions?
My family and I, are huge moviegoers so we go to the movies nearly every single week. After a long week, I love gathering with the family to enjoy a good movie.
11. What inspires you?
Helping young people discover and pursue their dreams is something that fuels my passion for public service. Seeing the excitement in my students' eyes when they feel empowered is the most rewarding and invigorating feeling that I can never give up.

Click to see the Road Map Project Racial Equity Essentials
Feedback on System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials 

The Road Map Project System-Wide Equity Essentials is a collection of foundational, cradle-through-college system-level efforts that, if strengthened, will help our region advance racial equity and support student success. They were developed by many stakeholders throughout the region.

To measure progress toward these equity essentials, the project will be building out indicators to measure changes across the educational and supporting systems throughout our region. We are currently seeking input on the development of system indicators for 8 of the 16 System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials.  Use this survey to share suggestions.
September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Explore the 2017-18 Attendance Awareness Toolkit from King County Housing Authority to find  handouts, signs, key messages, sample articles, social media, and activities for parents and kids.  For more information, contact:  Cara Ianni Education Programs Coordinator at King County Housing Authority.

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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