The Road Map Project Wins $40M Race to the Top Award

Amazing news – The Road Map District Consortium has won a $40M Race to the Top award! This group of seven school districts (and many other partner organizations, unions, mayors, community agencies, housing authorities, educators, and parents) actively work together as part of a Collective Impact effort that FSG helped to design and launch, called The Road Map Project. The Road Map project is a cradle to career collective impact initiative in South Seattle and South King County, the goal of which is to double the number of students who are on-track to earn a college degree or career credential by 2020 and close the pervasive achievement gaps in the region.

Because this Collective Impact project was already underway (supported by the amazing work of its backbone organization – the Community Center for Education Results), the group was able to leverage an existing framework and networks to develop its Race to the Top proposal, and it paid off! Of the 372 applicants, there were 16 winners. The awards ranged from $10M-$40M and The Road Map District Consortium was one of only two applicants to win the maximum award of $40M.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for all of the players who have committed to this work and, most especially, for the 150,000 students whose lives will change as a result of this tremendous collaboration.

This amazing accomplishment proves that great things can happen when we work together… The effort and commitment behind this plan is unprecedented – it’s a level of collaboration that should be celebrated and replicated. The region’s plan is designed to have big impact where it’s needed most. We are excited to roll out strategies that will help all students experience success.

John Welch, Superintendent of the Puget Sound Educational Service District

 

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