The 2016 Celebration of Success brought together 500+ attendees from all throughout the region – including parents, students, community organizations, philanthropists, elected and public officials and many others – all to honor 30 successful education efforts that are committed to closing the opportunity gap and working to support racial equity throughout Seattle and King County. Many thanks to all who gathered at the Museum of Flight on June 9 to celebrate the great progress being made to better students’ lives in the region.
We’d also like to thank the event photographers from Youth in Focus and VDB Photography for capturing the highlights of the evening, and to our media partners for the event, KCTS 9 and Sound Publishing. The generous sponsors who made the event possible are: The Boeing Company, BECU, Social Venture Partners, Pacifica Law Group and United Way of King County.
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Some photos from the event are included in the slideshow below. Please visit our Facebook page to view more.
The 2016 Celebration of Success, co-hosted by the Road Map Project and the region’s Race to the Top grant, honored and celebrated successful education efforts in the region. The event was a unique opportunity for those who had successes to share, and for people and organizations interested in learning and spreading these efforts. Invitees included private and public funders; media; district and community partners who have led Race to the Top programs; superintendents, school board members and union presidents from the Road Map Project districts; state, local and federal elected officials; higher education leaders; business leaders; community organizations and advocates; and parent leaders and student advocates.
The Road Map Project is a region-wide collective impact initiative aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The Road Map Project holds the belief that collective action is necessary given the magnitude of the challenges we face. The goal is to double the number of students in South King County and South Seattle who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. We are committed to nothing less than closing the unacceptable achievement gaps for low-income students and children of color, and increasing achievement for all students from cradle to college and career.
In 2012, seven King County, Washington, school districts joined forces and won $40 million in federal Race to the Top funds over four years. The participating school districts are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The districts dubbed themselves The Road Map District Consortium, a reference to their participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort in South Seattle and South King County to drive major educational improvement with a focus on personalized learning. Click here to learn more.