On April 6, 2020 The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved the district's application for the Student Investment Account grant.
If fully funded, the Student Investment Account (SIA) would provide approximately $7.6 million per year to the district for two specific purposes:
- Meet Students' Mental and Behavioral Health Needs
- Increase Academic Achievement and Reduce Academic Disparities
The Student Success Act emphasizes that the SIA funds are intended to help the district meet the needs of historically underserved groups, including:
- Students of color
- Students who experience disabilities
- Students who are Emerging Bilinguals
- Students navigating poverty
- Students who experience homelessness or housing insecurity
- Students in Foster Care
- Other historically underserved students
After a thorough process of community engagement that involved multiple rounds of feedback through surveys, focus groups, and community forums, the district developed seven strategies to meet the goals of the Student Success Act.
- Meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs by hiring additional Social Workers, School Psychologists, Counselors and Nurses
- Increase academic achievement and reduce academic disparities by Reducing Class Size and hiring additional Learning Specialists, Special Education Instructional Coordinators, ELD Specialists, Paraeducators
- Meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs by hiring Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinators at primary schools and investing in SEL curriculum, assessments and training
- Increase academic achievement and reduce academic disparities by establishing an Online Learning Program, hiring teachers to lead the implementation of the program and purchasing online curriculum
- Increase academic achievement and reduce academic disparities by creating free summer programs for middle school students and eliminating fees for summer courses for high school students
- Increase academic achievement and reduce academic disparities by providing sufficient time for teachers and staff to collaborate, review data and develop strategies to help students stay on track to graduate
- Meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs through increasing opportunities for physical activity and wellness -- including hiring additional PE/Wellness staff at primary school (K-5)
The district continued revise these strategies based on feedback from stakeholders, including students, parents, staff and community members.
On April 6, 2020, the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board approved the Student Investment Account application and budget.
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