Student Success Act

Next year, South Lane School District will get an extra $2.3 million to help improve student success. There are restrictions on how the money is spent and we’ve been working hard all year long analyzing data, getting input, and coming up with our plan. This page includes updates on each portion of the process.
Student Investment Account - Video Plan Update
Want to know how we are spending our $2.3 million dollars from the Student Investment Account? Check out this video which shows the details. When you are done, please spend a few minutes taking our survey below.
 
After you watch the summary Video, please let us know what you think of the process, the input, and the spending priorities by filling out this quick survey.
 
SLSD Final Plan for the Student Investment Account: 
To read all of the details about the process and the plan for the $2.3 million from the Student Investment Account, check out this document. This is the information that was submitted to the state in order for them to approve the plan. We may have to make changes based on the feedback we get from the Oregon Department of Education. Any changes will also be posted to this website. 
 
SLSD's Plan for the SSA:
After months of looking at data and research and holding input sessions, we have a plan for how we will spend our money from the Student Investment Account. Check out the overview.
SSA Final Flyer Long Version
 
Student Success Update 2/27/20SSA Update for 2-11-2020
South Lane School District would like to thank all the parents and community members that were a part of our input sessions for the Student Investment Account (SIA) and give an update on the process. Please see the attached document for that information.
Unaccompanied Youth Input on Student Success Act (SSA) Funds
On January 22nd we met with a group of student who qualify as “Unaccompanied Youth.” These students have had to overcome many obstacles during their educational career, including unstable housing and parental support.These students heard a summary of the district work, spoke in small groups, and then got a chance to vote on the ideas they thought most powerful. Check out a summary of the work:
 

Student Input Summary - UY


Voting was spread across many ideas, but there were a few trends that emerged: 

  • #40: NEW - Unisex bathrooms at all schools (include hygiene kits for all genders) (10 votes)
  • #31: NEW - In school social worker to help with homeless youth (8 votes)
  • #2: 7 Votes - C Mental Health - Add mental health counseling services at all levels, NEW - preferably at least one bi-lingual, NEW - specific to suicide prevention at 8th grade, NEW - counseling groups for students (7 votes)
  • #23: 3 Votes - Expanded homeless support program/staffing that reaches all schools, NEW - provide jobs for homeless youth and give credits for their work, NEW - more online classes NEW - provide this service outside of school times so students don't miss class (5 votes)

In addition to the voting, students participating in small group discussions facilitated by a peer. Here are the notes taken during the those table conversations: 


What are we already doing that is helpful?

  • Many of the teachers are very engaging and form good relationships with students
  • Counselors at CGHS and LMS are available and helpful
  • After school programs such as Homework Club, Pride and Youth Equity Council
  • Senior Seminar helps to prepare for future
  • College and career counseling
  • On-site McKinney-Vento liaison
  • CTE and Next Step classes
 

Which of the new ideas would be most helpful?

  • Add mental health counselors at all levels
  • Increased academic support
  • Increased bilingual support
  • More resources for community learning center
  • More preschool and kindergarten readiness
  • Additional middle school teaching staff
  • Funds for libraries
  • Training to help raise cultural awareness of staff
  • More diverse staff
  • Behavior specialist
 

What other ideas do you have?

  • Automotive program (higher level skills as well as basic like how to change oil, tires, etc)
  • Student lounge
  • More hands-on learning
  • Sign language class
  • Cursive writing class
  • Adult preparation class (e.g. applying for jobs, doing taxes, obtaining housing)
  • Reduce plastic waste and carbon footprint
  • Later start time to school schedule
  • More class options for freshman
  • Non-binary bathrooms
  • One-on-one support – especially for seniors
  • More teacher aides
  • School-provided showers, food pantry, temporary housing, social services
LatinX Community Input on Student Success Act (SSA) Funds
 
During the week of January 13th we hosted two input sessions to get feedback from our LatinX families on how we should use our SSA funds.Over 50 parents attended and heard a summary of the district work, spoke in small groups, and then got a chance to vote on the ideas they thought most powerful. Check out a summary of the work:
 

LatinX Community Input


For this input session parents gathered in groups of 4-6 and answered 3 basic questions: 

  1. What are we already doing that is helpful
  2. From our list of ideas, what do you think would be the most impactful?
  3. What other ideas do you have?

There was a facilitator at each table that spoke Spanish and took notes. For our group that included Mam speaking families there was some interpreting into their native language. 


After the two sessions, our facilitators got together and discussed the themes that emerged. They then voted on behalf of the families for the ideas that would be the most impactful. Other groups participated in a “spend your dots” activity where each person got 5 votes. There were 50 total LatinX parents who participated in one of the two sessions - totaling 250 votes. The total votes assigned to each of these themes was assigned by spreading those 250 votes out proportionally according to how the facilitators voted. 


The eight (8) themes and the votes associated with each:  

  • #19: More preschool and kindergarten readiness, including parenting education (50 votes) 
  • #14: Equity Training for staff, as well as equity curriculum for students (OWLS, Welcoming schools), district equity coordinator (50 votes) 
  • #17: Extended learning opportunities (after school and/or summer) targeted to at-risk students (40 votes) 
  • #8: TS Bilingual - Expand district' ELD program including staffing, program options, curriculum, professional development. NEW - Recruit and hire additional bi-lingual teachers and teachers who have skills to best support under-served student groups. NEW - this is especially needed at LMS (35 votes) 
  • #2: C Mental Health - Add mental health counseling services at all levels, NEW - preferably at least one bi-lingual, NEW - specific to suicide prevention at 8th grade, NEW - counseling groups for students (30 votes) 
  • #50 NEW - Parent support specifically for the Spanish speaking population: provide translators so they can understand robocalls/school documents, have regular parent meetings so they can talk/share/learn English and other parenting strategies (25 votes) 
  • #4: C High School Focus - Guidance counselor that works with 5th year students and GED students to work at CGHS and Kennedy. NEW: Make at least one of these counselors bilingual (10 votes) 
  • #32: NEW - Increase funding for food service - more nutritious food, no sugary breakfast food (10 votes)

List of all the ideas discussed at the table groups: 


What are we already doing that is helpful?

-        Support from literacy specialists

-        Educational assistants

-        Family resource center

o   Resources to start school

o   Available programs

-        ELL program

-        Provision of translated documents

-        Provision of translators

-        Dojo working for some (not all) to improve communication with families

-        Opportunities for families to communicate with schools

-        Having smaller schools

-        Counselors in high schools to help with scholarships

-        Safety protocols that are already in place for students

-        Online math resources for homework help

-        Teachers available before and after school to help students

-        Many clubs and activities for students to participate in

-     It is a lot of help with translations in Spanish, but we need more bilingual people.

-     The schools have an improved security system.

-        Supportive staff who provide support to students who have moved from Guatemala


Which of the new ideas would be most helpful?

-        More counseling

-        More teachers

-        Better nutrition

-        More transportation routes to get closer to homes and have less crowded buses

-        After school care

-        Homework help

-        Social skills instruction

-        More support for students in SPED program

-        More bilingual staff members – Mam and Spanish

-        Bilingual classes in Mam

-        Community learning

-        Provide English instruction for parents

-        More math and English classes

-        Homework club for after school

-        Summer school

-     We need bilingual people in Lincoln Middle School to help with the Spanish speakers.

-     More math teachers who can speak English and Spanish that can help with understanding.

-     More school transportation. Buses are full of kids. A lot of bus harassment.

-     After school programs at Bohemia, Lincoln and CGHS.

-     More counselors

-     Summer school, but not only for the migrant program.

-        More classes in art, PE and music

-        More preschool instruction

What other ideas do you have?

-        Tutors and after school homework help

-        English classes for parents

-        Summer school

-        Smaller ELD classes

-        More focus on preparing students for adult life

-        Longer school year

-        Help with applying for scholarships

-        Teach more cultural awareness

-        Learning from other diverse districts (e.g. Woodburn, 4J)

-        Family nights

-        More extracurricular programs

-        More music classes

-        Communicate emergency procedures to families in a way they can understand

-        More bus stops for preschool students (to get stops closer to homes)

-        More speech specialists

-        Workshops for parents to get to know each other and learn better ways to support their children

-        Community WiFi access available to families

-        More nutritional food

-        Parenting classes

-     Better school menus

-     Counseling and programs for parents

-     Phone calls and announcements in Spanish.

-        Offer additional support for students who fail classes

-        Full time preschool (5 days/week)

SLSD Staff Input on Student Success Act (SSA) Funds
 
On January 6th we hosted two staff sessions to get input and feedback on how we should use our SSA funds.Staff from various schools and departments attended and heard a summary of the district work and then got a chance to vote on the ideas they thought most powerful. Check out a summary of the work:
 

Voting was spread across many ideas, but there were a few trends that emerged: 

  • #2: C Mental Health - Add mental health counseling services at all levels, NEW - preferably at least one bi-lingual, NEW - specific to suicide prevention at 8th grade, NEW - counseling groups for students (36 Votes)
  • #9: TS EAs - More educational assistance for schools and programs with higher at-risk populations. NEW - Increase supports and benefits to retain more EAs, NEW - EAs for K-2 Math support (32 Votes)
  • #3: C Elementary - School Counselors in all Elementary Schools (access for all students/staff) (11 Votes)
  • #10: TS Elementary Enrichment - In order to provide all of our students access to a well-rounded education, all Elementary Schools will have Enrichment Teachers that provide access to Music, Art and STEAM. This will also allow more time outside of the classroom for teachers in the Elementary school to discuss how to better serve specific students and to improve their skills by learning from one another (11 Votes)
  • #19: More preschool and kindergarten readiness, including parenting education (11 Votes)
  • #27: Full time interpreter/liaison for 3 schools with highest ELL population: contact families, written translations, etc (prioritize bi-cultural) (10 votes) 
  • #43: More collaboration with other family support organizations, especially those related to early intervention (Peace Health, Family Relief Nursery, etc), Community Health (Lane Public Health, Live Healthy Lane, Peacehealth, DHS, etc) and homelessness; create an Admin position for this (9 votes)
  • #44: Cultural Education/Curriculum that addresses racism in society and it's impacts/increase people of color/diversity in educational materials (9 votes) 

Ideas in addition to those listed in the voting: 

  • Edit to summary statement #6: Socio-Emotional is such a broad category. Does combingin LGBTQ+, health/sexual health, suicide rates, video game rates, etc into one statement weaken our ability to address these issues separately? Is correlation between these implied here? 
  • Can we increase bilingual offerings for teachers/staff and get more bilingual office staff?
  • Summary Statement #3 (SPED): Could the professional development be targeted towards understanding and support of SPED students - self regulation, sensory needs & inputs, “what is school like” for students with sensory needs? I.e. training from occupational therapists and behavioral specialists, etc. 
  • Summary Statement #3 (SPED): Explore what “success” looks like for SPED students
Parent/Community Input on SLSD Student Success Act (SSA) Funds
 
On the week of December 9th we hosted two Parent and Community sessions to get input and feedback on how we should use our SSA funds. Parents from various backgrounds attended and heard a summary of the district work and then got a chance to vote on the ideas they thought most powerful. Check out a summary of the work:
 

Parent and Community Input


Voting was spread across many ideas, but there were a few trends that emerged: 

  • Community Learning Center focusing on resources (21 votes)
  • Elementary School Counselors (17 votes)
  • More collaboration with other family support organizations, especially those related to early intervention, community health, and homelessness; create an Admin position for this (10 votes)
  • More preschool and preschool readiness/parent support programs (9 votes)
  • Expanded homeless supports (8 votes)

Ideas in addition to those listed in the voting: 

  • Data collection needed for employment information/status for students past 8th grade (may explain attendance in HS)
  • Efforts to increase bilingual staff/resources need to include/prioritize bicultural staff/resources
  • Explore alternatives to suspension, especially for students of color; CA is outlawing suspensions for “willful defiance” because this creates an opportunity for staff to apply implicit (and overt) bias to the student population
  • As a part of #24 (Well-supplied classrooms and libraries): Have schools/teachers buy and distribute school supplies and charge a small, waivable fee
  • As a part of #12 (Community Learning Center) for Summary Statement #1 (LatinX): Offer parent ESL education and help bridge the language gap (Mam as well as Spanish)
  • Incorporate more collaboration with outside agencies that can help preschool aged children, those experiencing homelessness, and those with health and mental health needs
 
If you were unable to attend, please see the attached PDF of our slideshow for more information
Student Input on SLSD Student Success Act (SSA) Funds
On Friday, December 6th we gathered 7th-12th grade students from various backgrounds to give input and feedback on how we should use our SSA funds.
These students engaged in difficult and honest conversations and advocated for the ideas they thought most powerful. Check out a summary of the work:
 

Student Input Meeting

12-6-19


Feedback for each summary statement; collected during the World Cafe Conversations:


1. LatinX students

  • Communication Barriers that are not being acknowledged and educational needs that are not being met (or LatinX students)
  • Not punishing LatinX students for using resources to make education more easier...or take students out of class
  • Training teacher and having more specific classes primarily for ESL students 

2. Black/Native American/American Indian/Multi-Racial students

  • More diverse staff and/or training with staff
  • Outlet/mental health resources
  • A translator and/or teacher for ESL students
  • Explore the disconnection in attendance in high school (students attend well through middle school, but not in high school)
  • After school programs for students of color

3. Student who qualify for Special Education

  • SPED students have special accommodations that need to be met in terms of curriculum and testing as well as having an open/safe space to go to either get help with work or to calm down and take a break (involves specially trained teacher to facilitate the students)

4. Males (behavior)

  • There are differences in male vs female acting out behaviors (externalizing vs internalizing)
  • It may be harder to “see” the female acting out behavior
  • Ideas: 
  • Education for student and staff around this idea
  • De-stress room at each building with trained staff member
  • Ability to opt out of class appropriately so you don’t have to act out

5. Homeless and/or Economically Disadvantaged students

  • The homeless people might not feel comfortable reaching out to staff or administrators for help
  • We should have more transportation, more food drives, and more clothing drives
  • Training for adults in these situations
  • Mental counselors and therapists for help to struggling students

6. Students with Socio-Emotional/Mental Health needs

  • More mental health resources that are available and well understood by all
  • Trained professionals who can connect well with all populations
  • Bullying needs to be recognized and responded to right away (don’t let problems build and get worse)
  • Needs to be more recognition of certain targeted groups, to help everyone feel welcome

Voting

Students also did the “Spend Your Dots” activity: they gave additional solutions to the Summary Statements and voted on which solutions they thought would have the most impact. While their votes were spread amongst many ideas, there were some themes that emerged: 

  • Equity training for staff (20 votes)
  • More bilingual support staff for ESL students (8 votes)
  • In school social worker to help with homeless/unaccompanied youth (8 votes)
  • More staff of color or LGBTQ background (7 votes)
  • High School Language Arts class just for ESL students to help with language barrier (6 votes) 

Closure Activity: What is one word that summarizes the work that we did today?

  • Progress
  • Hopeful
  • Steps
  • Empowered
  • Supportive
  • Proud
  • Enlightened
What is the Student Success Act?
 
During the 2019 legislative session, Oregon’s leaders made a real commitment to our children, our educators, our schools and our state with the passage of the Student Success Act. When fully implemented, the Student Success Act is expected to invest $2 billion in Oregon education every two years; that’s a $1 billion investment in early learning and K-12 education each year. Of those funds, $200 million goes into the State School Fund and the remaining is distributed into three accounts: the Early Learning Account, the Student Investment Account and the Statewide Education Initiatives Account.
At the heart of the SSA is a commitment to improving access and opportunities for students who have been historically underserved in the education system.
 
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