Puget Sound Educational Service District is soliciting responses to the attached Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified individuals or organizations to provide to provide support with concept development and grant-writing for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), Road Map Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) Consortium Members, and community partners, in order to support applications for upcoming King County Best Starts for Kids grants. Please see RFQ 5800-13 and Amendment 1 for details. Interested parties are encouraged to review the following Questions & Answers documents: Q&A 1, Q&A 2,and Q&A 3.
The initial deadline has been extended, and questions should be submitted in writing by email to Nola Oldenburg, Purchasing/Erate Administrator, Puget Sound ESD at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 14, 2017. Questions must include in the email subject link “BSK RFQ Questions” and an email address to which answers should be sent.
A recent U.S. Department of Education blog featured the Road Map Region’s focus on equity and rigor, and the important support received from Race to the Top. For example, the grant has helped support and fully implement Renton’s I.B. program, and been used to make PSAT/SAT tests free and available to all students during the school day. This has resulted in many more students taking college-going tests, particularly students of color.
In addition, districts are also looking at equity among their youngest learners. Recognizing that opportunity gaps can start even before children enter school, all seven districts have used Race to the Top funding to offer educational and school-readiness programming for children and their families before they begin kindergarten.
The districts have also leveraged the federal Race to the Top award to secure additional funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to analyze and improve how they are addressing racial equity as they work to meet the goals of the RTT-D grant. This additional funding has been used to inventory equity policies, practices and services, and provide teachers and principals with professional development focused on racial equity and cultural responsiveness.
The Race to the Top 2015 Report to the Community is now available! The Road Map Region Race to the Top grant aims to dramatically improve student achievement for 150,000 students. Standing behind this plan is a highly committed group of 23 education leaders and numerous community partners who are working together for the benefit of students in our region. Driven by an overarching concern for equity of opportunity, the grant strategies are organized into three themes—Start Strong, STEM Strong, and Stay Strong—all of which are designed to help the region make significant progress towards specific goals.