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Road Map Project and Partners Gear Up for DiscoverU

SEATTLE/SOUTH KING COUNTY — Wednesday, Oct. 16, won’t be an average school day for the region’s students. This special day is DiscoverU, a day to build excitement around college and career exploration across Seattle and South King County. As part of the first-ever DiscoverU, students of all ages will think about their interests and reflect on their futures. This effort includes 275 schools in the following districts: Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools and Tukwila School District.

This is what DiscoverU will look like in schools:

  • All school staff will wear college gear
  • Educators will share their education or career pathway
  • Every student will participate in a 10-15 minute college and career exploration activity during the school day

Community organizations are also participating in DiscoverU and carrying the message into after-school programming.

During the week of DiscoverU, the Road Map Project, Puget Sound Educational Service District and other partners will be highlighting related efforts that are also working to help students realize their college and career dreams. Members of the media can expect daily updates on the following items starting Oct. 14:

Monday, October 14

Counselors in many of the region’s middle and high schools are now receiving support from students involved in the University of Washington’s Dream Project. These new College and Career Readiness Assistants are working in 18 high-need schools as part of Project 6 of the region’s Race to the Top grant.

Tuesday, October 15

In celebration and support of DiscoverU, the Road Map Project will host community conversations at five Starbucks stores across the region. The discussions will center on postsecondary attainment and what college means to families and community. The first community conversation will be Oct. 15.

Wednesday, October 16

This is DiscoverU day! Schools and community organizations across the region will take part in activities related to career and college. Additionally, the region’s Race to the Top grant is allowing thousands of students this fall to participate in the College Board assessments for free and in school, removing all barriers to admission testing.

Thursday, October 17

DiscoverU kicks off the Road Map to College campaign, a year of support for students navigating the college enrollment process. Starting the week of DiscoverU, College Application Completion Events will provide one-on-one support to high school seniors who are working on their college applications. A list of these events can be found at www.roadmaptocollege.org.

Friday, October 18

The work of the Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness (formerly the Puget Sound Caucus) is helping more students attain postsecondary dreams. This group of regional superintendents and community college presidents works to create supportive connections between high school and postsecondary programs.

Information about media opportunities will be included in future updates.

To learn more about DiscoverU and the Road Map to College, please visit roadmaptocollege.org.


About the Road Map Project

The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results. For more information, please visit roadmapproject.org. Find us on Facebook by clicking here and Twitter at @RoadMapProject.

About the Puget Sound Educational Service District

PSESD is a regional public agency that provides instructional and administrative support to school districts and state-approved private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. PSESD improves the quality, equity and effectiveness of PreK-12 educational programs through entrepreneurial programs with schools, early learning and higher education communities, and public/private organizations. Learn more at www.psesd.org.