The Student Investment Account (SIA) is a non-competitive grant program which could represent an investment of close to $4.5 million dollars to Grants Pass School District. The purpose of the Student Investment Account is to meet students’ mental and behavioral health needs and increase academic achievement. We must be VERY intentional about the investments impacting these two areas. Equity is at the heart of SIA. This is defined as a commitment to improving access and opportunities for students who have been historically underserved in the education system including students of color, those with disabilities, those who are emerging bilingual, navigating poverty, homelessness, and those in foster care.
Thank you to those who have been engaged in working with us on the Student Investment Account so far. We are seeking your further input as we proceed with this process which will have us submitting an application for funds by March.
To date we have had a number of engagement activities including community forums with parents and staff, survey data, empathy interviews, student focus groups, Parent Advisory Council, Team for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE), and email communications.
There were LOTS of ideas shared. Some of the ideas were brought up multiple times by multiple stakeholder groups. We have worked to synthesize this information and identify common themes and our top priorities. These priorities are identified as follows:
- Meeting students’ mental or behavioral health needs
- Time – for instruction, for professional development, for collaboration
- Strategies for academic growth
Our next step is to go deeper into the ideas generated in these three areas. Linked below is a survey. We’d like your input on what the priorities should be within these three areas. These are based on the common themes we’ve been hearing though our engagement to date. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you’d like to be a part of the work group, please indicate your interest. We are looking for people who will commit to at least two after school meetings that will occur before the winter break.