Jan. 12, 2010, the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), the organization which staffs the Road Map Project, is officially incorporated as a Washington state nonprofit. CCER starts up in the Seattle Foundation’s offices with the foundation as a fiscal agent.
In March, a small Seattle delegation attends a conference held by Strive, a collective impact initiative, to learn about the cradle-to-career framework.
In May, regional district superintendents and community college presidents meet for the first time. They were convened by Dr. Monte Bridges and Dr. Jill Wakefield.
The Education Results Network is established and the first meeting is held spring of 2010.
The Project Sponsors group was formed to provide ongoing strategic direction for the Road Map Project. The first Road Map Project Sponsors retreat is held July 1, 2010, at Talaris Conference Center.
In November, Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, speaks to the Education Results Network.
From July to November,four Road Map Project work groups determined key performance indicators for measuring student success.Work group leads included:
Early learning – Dr. Monte Bridges, Superintendent, Puget Sound Educational Services District
Community supports – Ken Thompson, Program Officer, Pacific Northwest Initiative, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Erin Kahn, Director, The Raikes Foundation
K-12 education – Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel, Superintendent, Renton School District and Tre Maxie, Executive Director, Powerful Schools
Postsecondary success – Dr. Deborah Wilds, President & COO, College Success Foundation and Dr. Frank Ashby, Director, Research & Strategic Planning, Seattle Community Colleges
October 2010, the Road Map Project contracts with EMC Research to administer a phone survey to 1,195 parents from the Road Map region in five languages.
In November, the indicators of student success are completed and the Road Map Project’s 2020 goal is established.
Prior to the kickoff conference, eight mayors, seven district superintendents, seven community college presidents, and a host of parents, teachers, city council members, nonprofit leaders, and funders endorse the Road Map goal.
Over the course of the first year, the Road Map Project conducts initial outreach with about 900 people throughout the region. The main focus is on South King County.
On Dec. 9, the Road Map Project is publicly launched at an all-day kickoff conference with 483 attendees spanning the entire education continuum and representing all of the communities within the Road Map region.
January 2011, FSG’s John Kania and Mark Kramer publish their landmark Stanford Social Innovation Review article, “Collective Impact.” The article posits that “large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector collaboration” and outlines five conditions of successful collaboration. The concept of collective impact is fundamental to the Road Map Project.
In 2011, the Road Map Project transitions from “building the Road Map” to “organizing for action” — determining how to work together to achieve the 2020 goal.
February 2011, the Community Network and Advocates Caucus are formed.
The following work groups form to develop action plans and advise the Road Map Project: Birth to 3rd Grade Work Group, High School to College Completion Work Group, Data Advisors Group, Youth Development Organizations for Education Results Work Group,and English Language Learns Work Group. Work groups are staffed by members of CCER, OneAmerica and Youth Development Executives of King County.
Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust, meets with the Community Network on May 10, 2011.
October 12, 2011, members of the Brookings Institution visit to conduct research with South King County leaders for their book on the suburbanization of poverty.
In June, the regional College Bound Scholarship sign-up drive, a Road Map Project community campaign, reaches 93% of eligible students. This is a major regional accomplishment.
Data advisors identify “on-track” indicators. Proposed on-track metrics, drawn from the indicators of student success, are vetted throughout the spring and early summer. For each on-track indicator, the data advisors identified a 2020 target as well as interim targets for 2014 and 2017.
During the summer, members of the High School to College Completion Work Group and other college access organizations and districts involved with the Road Map Project develop a plan to support the first cohort of College Bound students who are entering their senior year. CCER receives a multi-year grant from College Spark Washington to help fund the work.
Also during the summer, the Aligned Funders group is formed to engage local funders in the project.
In August, 19 funders participate in a Road Map region survey to look at their funding of education. The survey revealed the following findings:
Funders are investing more than $23 million annually in education in the Road Map region
Most funding goes toward K-12 education (55%), with 25% in early learning, 13% in postsecondary education, and 8% across the full continuum
Two-thirds of funds are invested in South Seattle and one-third in South King County
On a per-student basis, investment in K-12 education is $466/student in South Seattle and $49/student in South King County
In August, the Community Network launches the Road Map Small Grants program to provide small grants to grassroots and community stakeholders in South Seattle and South King County. In 2011, more than $49,000 is awarded to 15 diverse organizations in the Road Map region.
Data sharing agreements are obtained with all seven Road Map districts and with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction during the late summer and early fall.
September, CCER staff members attend the first national cradle-to-college-and-career conference in Portland, put on by the Strive National Network.
Oct. 5, 2011, 31,000 people make donations to support projects nominated by classroom teachers. The Gates Foundation and Starbucks partnered to provide donation cards using the DonorsChoose.org website.
In November, the Community Network sponsors four community leaders and activists from the Road Map region to attend the Education Trust’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. The delegation includes community leaders from Highline, Kent, Federal Way, and Tukwila.
Also in November, the project sponsors approve the 2012 Road Map Project Advocacy Agenda set forth by the Advocates Caucus:
Preserve higher education funding, particularly for the College Bound Scholarship and State Need Grant (“Keeping the Promise”)
Improve ELL funding policies
Reform school discipline policies
Support the planned implementation of WaKIDS
In late 2011, the Project Sponsors sign a memorandum of understanding to formalize their role in supporting the Road Map Project.
More than 200 people attend the unveiling of the Baseline Data Report on December 13, 2011.
CCER now has seven employees to help staff work groups and provide data support for the Road Map Project.
More than 700 people are on the Education Results Network listserv and 100 to 150 people attend quarterly Education Results Network meetings.
Jan. 19, 2012, the Road Map Project is featured as one of the nation’s most promising innovations in education by The Atlantic Cities online magazine.
Feb. 9, 2012, the Road Map Project convenes FrED, a Friends of Education Data briefing where attendees learn more about the Washington State Education Research and Data Center’s (ERDC) P-20 database and get an update on the new FERPA regulations.
During the first few months of 2012, many organizations, schools, and other partners help support a regional FAFSA completion campaign. Seventy-six percent of College Bound seniors file the FAFSA and a record 28 FAFSA completion events were held in the Road Map region — serving 907 FAFSA filers and engaging 419 volunteers.
In March, the United Way becomes a Road Map Project Sponsor.
The Community Network begins working in April with the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman on their parent engagement plan by conducting an environmental scan of local, school district, and national practices and convening parent engagement organizations throughout the summer to discuss the findings.
In the spring, the Road Map Project launches three Educator Advisory teams targeted at early learning, college readiness in middle school and high school and ELL education. Principals, teachers, and counselors from several districts participate.
In May, Washington STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) awards a $270,000 grant to fund a South King County STEM Network. The network planning is being led by the Puget Sound Educational Service District.
The indicators of student success are revised from May to July. More than 90 people give detailed input on the current indicators to help the revision process.
May 1, 2012, the first Road Map Project school board luncheon is held. Norm Rice, President and CEO of the Seattle Foundation, and Brad Smith, of Microsoft, speak to school board members from all seven districts in the Road Map region and encourage them to strive towards the Road Map goal and get involved with the project.
Approximately 200 people attend CCER’s symposium on the new Common Core learning standards held May 31, 2012.
Also in May, the High School to College Completion Work Group’s action plan is approved and work begins on implementing the strategies.
A regional proposal is submitted jointly by all cities in the Road Map region to improve third-grade reading. The plan was submitted with help from CCER and puts the cities in the running to receive an All-America City Award.
In June, the Let’s Read summer reading campaign kicks off. More than 40,000 flyers in 11 languages are distributed to Road Map region elementary schools and a website is launched.The King County Library System helps lead the effort with support from dozens of partners.
CCER hires a communications manager and, within one week, @RoadMapProject goes live on Twitter.
In April, The Seattle Foundation , Social Venture Partners, and the Association of Small Foundations co-present a briefing on local Collective Impact efforts, titled “Collective Impact: Now that the Honeymoon is Over.” CCER’s Executive Director Mary Jean Ryan and Bill Henningsgaard with Eastside Pathways present and answer questions.
June 26, 2012, Federal Way school board endorses the Road Map Goal.
As of June, more than 950 people are on the Education Results Network listserv.
July 2, 2012, Seattle and seven South King County cities win an All-America City Award at the National Grade-Level Reading Conference in Denver, Colo.
July 2012, the new Road Map Project website goes live at the new URL, www.roadmapproject.org. The site features more than 60 pages of content, including stories on data, bright spots in the region, and social media links.
On Aug. 5, Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest and the Seattle Mariner Moose celebrate summer reading with families at the Federal Way Library.
In late August, the Road Map Project school districts decide to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant.
Ralph Smith, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading headlines the Sept. 13 Education Results Network meeting.
The region’s big gains in College Bound Scholarship sign-ups is featured during the September Strive Network conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Two CCER staffers and a board member attend the event.
After weeks of collaboration and writing, the region’s 324-page Race to the Top application is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in early November.
On Dec. 11, the region was declared the winner of a $40 million Race to the Top grant.
The 2012 Results Report, the follow-up to the Road Map Project’s 2011 Baseline Report, debuts at the December Education Results Network meeting.