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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.



One week to go! 

Before you read the Road Map Project updates in this newsletter, we want to remind you that time is running out to register for the Sept. 17 Education Results Network (ERN) meeting. Please register now, if you haven't already.

Dow Constantine
This meeting's theme is "leadership at all levels." King County Executive Dow Constantine will share remarks on the Best Starts for Kids levy, which has been endorsed by the Road Map Project.

Other topics will include: DiscoverU 2015, education data, parent engagement, early learning, opportunity youth and STEM. Attendees will also be invited to meet new leaders, ranging from new superintendents to parents who attended the Harvard Family Engagement in Education Institute.


Education Results Network meeting


Thursday, Sept. 17
3:30 to 6 p.m. 
Please note the new starting time!


Renton Pavilion Event Center
233 Burnett Ave S.
Renton, WA 98057


Parking at the Renton Pavilion Event Center will be free for all meeting participants. Don't forget that this meeting is starting at 3:30 p.m., which is different than previous ERN meetings.

Please scroll down to read updates from across the Road Map Project.  Questions? Email us at . Thank you!


Youth Program Directory now live!

Just in time for school: Parents, guardians, school counselors, teachers, community workers and youth from across King County can go to a comprehensive, regularly updated web directory and learn about more than 750 free and reduced-fee programs and services for youth ages 5 to 25. 

Check out the new Youth Program Directory here:

Users of the directory can search by program category, keyword, zip code and distance from zip code. Initial search results are further filterable by program subcategory, participant age, the time of day programs are offered, as well as by the languages spoken by program staff.

The directory listings will be regularly maintained and updated by King County 2-1-1. Many partners contributed to developing the directory, including Youth Development Executives of King County, the Community Center for Education Results, SOAR, King County 2-1-1 and a working group of youth and youth workers. 
New parent engagement tools available

The University of Washington's Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project has recently produced several new tools for use by local school/district and community partners to strengthen family engagement in education. For the past three years, UW researchers have partnered with Road Map Project region families and community-based organizations to develop pathways and tools that aim to build capacity for fostering authentic family engagement practice. The hope is these tools help reshape school-family-community collaborations for improving student learning.

The new tools include:
  • Road Map Family Engagement Survey User's Guide -- Designed to help schools, districts and community-based organizations get started as they build equitable collaboration between families, communities and schools.
  • Parent Curriculum: Families in the Driver's Seat -- A culturally responsive, asset-based curriculum that can be adapted by schools to build capacity and relationships between parents and educators.
  • Building Relationships Bridging Cultures -- This research brief is a comparative case study that describes cultural brokers (individuals who acts as bridges between families and schools) and three promising strategies they used to engage families.
  • Data Inquiry For Equitable Collaboration -- This research brief describes one example of an inquiry process that engages a broad range of stakeholders in making sense of data to improve the work of an educational organization.
Please visit the UW's Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project website to learn more. You can also check out this Impatient Optimists blog post to learn more about the work.

Seattle Jobs Initiative conference: Illuminating Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

Research shows that poverty, trauma and other factors can have a significant -- and often unseen -- impact on an individual's ability to learn, work and navigate daily life. At Seattle Jobs Initiative's day-long conference on Oct. 19, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with nationally recognized speakers whose work illuminates hidden barriers to self-sufficiency and challenges assumptions about the causes of success and failure.

Attendees will learn about:
  • The impact of poverty on decision-making
  • The application of behavioral research to policy and services supporting self-sufficiency
  • The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and complex trauma on the brain and behaviors
  • Resilience-building approaches to mitigate the effects of ACEs and complex trauma
  • Strengths-based approaches to inspire learning, confidence and high intellectual performance
The conference is Monday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture - UW Botanic Gardens. Please click here to learn more and register.

Community conversation focuses on mental illness, substance abuse disorders

Do you  have ideas about services/programs for children, youth or adults living with metal illness and substance abuse disorders? If so, the King County Department of Community and Human Services wants to hear from you at an upcoming event. Here are the details:

Community Conversation: Services for Children, Youth and all People Living with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
Tuesday, Sept. 22,  6:30 to 9 p.m.
Renton Community Center -- Banquet Room
1715 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98057

Parents, providers, school teachers and staff, families and youth are welcome. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.  Register here: