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Community-School Partnerships Listening Sessions

Please join us for an upcoming Listening Session to give us feedback on the upcoming process to apply to the Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships!

WHAT:  Listening Session on proposed process for community-based organizations and schools/districts to apply for partnership projects (more details below)

WHO:  Community-based organizations and schools/districts who might be interested in applying for partnership funds should attend a Listening Session.


  • Wednesday August 19th, 9:30 – 11:30 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S 333rd Street, Federal Way (register here)
  • Thursday August 20th, 2:00 – 4:00 at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Seattle (register here)

WHY:  To give us feedback on the proposed process.


The Road Map Region Race to the Top grant is a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to dramatically improve student achievement for 147,000 students in South King County, from cradle to college. The Road Map School Districts include Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila.

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships, one of the Race to the Top projects, invests in innovative and replicable partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs). The goal of this investment fund is for schools and CBOs to partner to provide intensive student-level interventions that bridge in-school and out-of-school time, in specific geographic areas. So far, Race to the Top has invested $3,842,457 in six Community-School Partnerships.

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships will invest up to $750,000 more in partnerships over the next two years.  Through our investments so far, we have received feedback on ways we can improve the investment fund process from our community partners, Race the Top’s external evaluators and regional partners. In response, this last round of investments is being redesigned as follows:

  • CBOs and other youth and family serving organizations may be lead applicants to the investment fund in partnership with schools/districts.
  • CBOs may contract directly with Puget Sound Educational Service District to receive RTT funds for approved projects.
  • Technical assistance to prospective community-school partner applicants to build intentional partnerships fostering stronger relationship-building between partners.

As a part of this re-design process, we are holding two community listening sessions to gather information and feedback to incorporate in the investment fund process. Areas where we would like feedback include implications and impact of the proposed timeline, process, needs of CBOs and schools/districts, and how best the Puget Sound ESD can support this work. These listening sessions are open to everyone including CBOs, school and district staff, and parents.

Following the community listening sessions, the investment fund process will be widely announced in mid-September, and multiple information sessions will be offered.

For further questions, please contact Matthew Gulbranson, School-Community Investment Fund Lead at or 425-917-7878.