As part of the Road Map Project, a series of action plans have been developed by cross-sector teams and vetted by hundreds of different organizations and individuals.
Each plan aims to build stronger systems and identifies a set of actions that — if implemented well — will help accelerate progress specific to certain indicators of student success. Because the work in the education realm often occurs in silos, it is necessary to develop new structures that allow for better use of data and the sharing of information and best practice across geographic and organizational boundaries.
We have seen many cases where great work may be proceeding well in one part of the region but few people know about it. The action plans help surface successful practices and suggest ways to spread them. The implementation of the recommended actions will be spearheaded by lead implementing partner organizations that will be working with numerous others who will carry out discrete tasks.
Our hope is that the actions taken will add up to impact beyond what any one entity could have achieved if working alone.
In October 2014, the Opportunity Youth Work Group completed the first version of a system-building action plan aimed at helping opportunity youth, or 16-24 year-olds not connected to school or work, connect with pathways that lead to postsecondary or career credentials.
The action plan lays out a vision for linking disparate programs into a robust, regional system of re-engagement pathways that helps young adults reconnect to education and progress toward a college or career credential and living-wage work. Developed by a large, cross-sector work group over a period of 10 months, the plan focuses on four broad goals: improving the supply of re-engagement pathways, increasing coordination, improving quality and increasing access. During the transition from planning to implementation, ad hoc work teams are forming to advance different strategies in the plan.
The Opportunity Youth Work Group is co-chaired by Kelly Goodsell of the Puget Sound Educational Services District and Israel Mendoza, independent consultant.
In September 2012, the first version of the Birth to 3rd Grade Action Plan was completed. From birth to 5 years old, children develop their brains at incredible rates and the learning that takes place sets the stage for future success in school and life. However, the systems connecting all of the providers and organizations that work with children and families are not in place to maximize learning for all students, and to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten. The work group developed a strategy to build those systems by leveraging the regional work currently taking place. Additionally, there is a strategy to prevent summer learning loss for low-income students, and a strategy to engage parents and provide the tools and resources to support their children’s learning.
The Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group developed the action plan over the course of a year and a half. Considerable time was spent on developing the framework that would guide the strategy development in the action plan. The draft action plan was shared and vetted with many other Road Map Project work groups, and improvements were made as feedback was received. With the framework and initial strategies set, the work group can focus on supporting implementation that builds on existing efforts and proven strategies. As the work progresses and as more data become available, the Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group will revise the action plan and implementation efforts appropriately.
The approved action plan framework and strategies can be found here (PDF).
The Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group is chaired by Karen Howell-Clark, Director of Early Learning at United Way of King County and Julie Rolling, the Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Teaching, and Family Support at the Puget Sound Educational Service District.
The Road Map Project English Language Learner (ELL) Work Group completed the first version of its ELL Action Plan and Implementation Toolkit in December 2013. In early 2014, the work group launched the implementation phase of the action plan, using the implementation toolkit as a guide and resource. As the implementation phase develops, changes and revisions may be added to the action plan and implementation toolkit.
The ELL Action Plan is the result of the collaborative work of individuals and organizations invested in closing the educational opportunity/achievement gap for ELL students in South King County. In early 2013, after working together for a year and a half, the team began developing an action plan framework by researching and establishing best practices to effectively support ELL students. This included monthly work group meetings to design and refine the plan, an all-day retreat to mutually determine priorities, inventories of current district and department practices, and numerous meetings throughout the year with experts in each of the key focus areas.
The purpose of the action plan is to identify key systems-level change strategies for ELL students that will help the Road Map Project reach the 2020 goal and support the successful integration of ELL students in the school system. The action plan and implementation toolkit, developed by leaders of the ELL Work Group, articulates comprehensive action steps for creating a stronger and more equitable education system for ELL students.
To see the ELL Action Plan and Implementation Toolkit. please click here (PDF).
The ELL Work Group is co-chaired by Roxana Norouzi, Education Policy Manager at OneAmerica, and Rosa Villarreal, Director of Multilingual Education for the Kent School District.
The plan was developed over the course of a year, eight work group meetings, and many presentations to other Road Map work groups and stakeholders. The seven Road Map school districts and four community colleges joined workforce development organizations, education funders and youth development organizations in actively participating in the effort.
From February to May, a draft of the action plan was presented in detail and vetted by more than 180 individuals. Improvements were made as feedback was continuously incorporated. Academic research and current data on students in the region were also used to inform the strategy selection.
Additionally, CCER staff members have been working to create a model that will begin to assess whether the strategies will have the impact necessary to achieve the 2014, 2017, and 2020 targets.
The approved action plan framework and strategies can be found here.
The High School to College Completion Work Group is chaired by Dr. Deborah Wilds, Washington State Board of Education Board Member and community volunteer.