Education efforts spanning the cradle through college and career continuum showcased examples of their success supporting students to around 500 attendees at the 2016 Celebration of Success, an event co-hosted by the Road Map Project and the team from the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), working on the region’s Race to the Top grant. The event, held June 9 at the Museum of Flight, showcased important work being done to support racial equity, close the opportunity gap, and demonstrate promising results for low-income students, children of color and students who have historically been disadvantaged.

The event was a unique opportunity for those who have successes to share results and key learnings, and for people and organizations interested in learning and spreading these efforts.

“Being an exhibitor gave our organization the opportunity to not only share our services, but also really talk with other people interested in education,” said Katy Childers, Development Director for Seattle Education Access. “Many of the attendees seemed to know students who would benefit from our services and it was great to make those connections.”

Enrique Cerna, KCTS 9 Director of Community Partnerships, was emcee for the evening with presentations from Bill McSherry, Vice President of State & Local and Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Deborah Northern, PSESD; Venitia Richardson, U.S. Department of Education; and Randy Dorn, Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction. These speakers helped shine a bright light on the incredible work being done by Exhibitors to make a difference for students and families.

“In speaking with education officials, funders and guests, many were impressed with the quality of these projects and the successful results they are achieving,” said Jessica de Barros, executive project director – Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant. “Venitia Richardson from the US Department of Education was extremely complimentary on our regional work and approach and has invited us to share our successes on a national level.”

Invitees included parent leaders; student advocates; 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 and community organizations and advocates.

“The work that has been accomplished over the last four years has demonstrated commitment and results in ensuring students from all walks of life have the skills and knowledge necessary to attend college or pursue a career,” said Mary Jean Ryan, executive director for the Community Center for Education Results (CCER). “We look forward to sustaining and sharing our success.”

This event was made possible by the generous support of The Boeing Company, BECU, Social Venture Partners, Pacifica Law Group and United Way. Media partnerships for this event included KCTS 9 and Sound Publishing.

Photos and more content related to this event are available on the this page.

About the Road Map Project & Road Map Race to the Top

The Road Map Project is a collective impact initiative aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. 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. Project partners 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.

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. The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is responsible for managing the grant’s implementation and functions as the fiscal agent. For more information visit

2016 Celebration of Success Exhibitors
Auburn School District – Auburn Advanced Placement
Beautiful Savior Lutheran – SeaTac Collaboration
Centro Rendu – Kent Education & Equity Partnership
Child Care Resources – Kaleidoscope Play and Learn
College Access Now
East African Community Services’ Race to the Top Initiative
Easter Seals Angle Lake Child Development Center –  Easter Seals Washington
Friends of the Children
Greater Seattle Techbridge, the Somali Youth and Family Club

and Highline Public Schools

Highline & Seattle Public Schools – Building Bilingual Pride
Highline Public Schools – Secondary Success and College Readiness
Kent School District – Birch Creek Summer Splash Reading Program
King County Employment & Education – Bridge to Prosperity – King County and South Seattle College
Book Up Summer and Page Ahead
Puget Sound Educational Service District – Project Finish Line
Reach Out and Read
Renton School District – Renton High School International Baccalaureate Program
Seattle Central College – TRiO Student Support Services
Seattle Education Access
Seattle Teacher Residency
Seneca Family of Agencies – Unconditional Education
Sound Discipline
South Seattle College Foundation – 13th Year Promise Scholarship
Southwest Youth & Family Services
Summer Search
Treehouse Graduation Success
University of Washington Dream Project
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
White Center Community Development Association – White Center Promise
Zeno’s MathWays for Early Learning


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