Road Map Improvement Collaborative

Road Map Improvement Collaborative

The Road Map Improvement Collaborative (RMIC) serves as a space for collaboration, adaptive leadership, learning, & transformation to actualize, in the words of Renton Superintendent Dr. Damien Pattenaude, "a blood oath of regional commitment" to creating just and humanizing schools, together. 

Our Journey

The launch of the 2020 Road Map Improvement Collaborative (RMIC) occurred during an unprecedented opportunity for transformation. The collision of pivotal events - the 2020 police killings of African Americans, recognizing racism as a public health crisis in King County, and a pandemic that’s magnified long-standing inequities and mandated the redesign of teaching and learning as we know it - offer an opportunity for Road Map districts to further galvanize emotion and action to reimagine systems for students and families furthest from educational justice.

Our Shared Vision & Action Priorities

We analyzed strategic plans and racial equity policies across our seven Road Map districts and developed a shared regional vision organized around six 'buckets' of work:
 
In early 2021, we collectively identified three shared priorities as Cultivating a Racially Diverse & Thriving Educator Workforce, Elevating Youth of Color Voice & Leadership, and Seeing & Feeling Progress in Our Racial Equity Work.
 
Later that year, we launched year-long learning & action collaboratives organized around each of the first two priorities. These collaboratives were designed so that teams could pursue share problems of practice through discussion of regional and national bright spots, thought partnership, technical assistance and coaching from regional and national experts. Superintendents assembled cross-system teams to participate in the collaboratives.

Community Conversations

In 2020, Puget Sound Educational Services District invited local leaders to join a Wisdom Council to elevate voices, expertise, and partnership opportunities for our Communities of Color across school districts in South King County (‘the Road Map region’). In Spring and Summer 2021, the council launched an ongoing process of community conversations with Youth, Community Leaders, Parents, and Educators of Color. The first round of conversations focused on learning during a pandemic and returning to school in-person. Forty-four community members representing all 7 Road Map school districts engaged in over 35 hours of conversations with trusted peers. Community members engaged in collaborative meaning-making, developed recommendations, and shaped reporting and communication strategies.

In the Spring of 2022, a second round of Community Conversations with Youth of Color in the Road Map Region is currently underway, with a focus on Educator Diversity.

Resources

Questions? Contact:

Adam Kay
Director
Collaborative Improvement Networks
akay@psesd.org

Angelica Alvarez
Manager
Student, Family & Community Engagement
aalvarez@psesd.org

Brad Brown
Executive Director
Learning, Teaching & Leadership Development
bbbrown@psesd.org