July 23 Student Investment Account Update

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SIA Update

2020-2021 Third Progress Report 

On August 1st, the SIA Third Period Progress Report columns will be unlocked on your customized reporting dashboard. As a reminder, this report covers the period spanning April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021 (or April 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021 for those with summer extensions). This final progress report for 2020-2021 is due on September 30, 2021 for those without a summer extension, and on November 30, 2021 for those with a summer extension.

In order to support you in tracking all the required components of this final progress report, we’ve developed additional process guidance to serve as a resource. You will also have access to both written and video guidance via your dashboard. 

2020-2021 Annual Report 

The annual report is embedded in your customized reporting dashboard and will also be available to grantees on August 1st. All Districts, Charters who applied directly to ODE, and State Sponsored Charters are required to complete the annual report. While not required, we strongly encourage districts who sponsored charters to incorporate their feedback into their responses to the annual report questions. 

Earlier this week, we released the SIA Annual Report Template as a resource to support you in drafting responses to the annual report questions prior to their availability on your reporting dashboard. As a follow-up, we are also releasing SIA Annual Report Guidance to help track all the components required for the annual report. Additionally, it details the type of information the ODE is seeking from each annual report question.

While this guidance is meant to assist you in the completion of your report, it is not intended for your answers to be oriented toward ODE. Instead, it is intended to be as valuable to your reflection and learning from this foundational SIA year, as it is to share the story of SIA implementation out to your community and to the state. With that in mind, we recommend you take this opportunity to integrate these questions into administrative, data study, and/or other meetings in order to compile multiple perspectives to inform your implementation story and learning.

Your annual report includes four pieces to be completed by September 30, 2021 (November 30, 2021 for those with a summer extension):

  1. Complete responses to all four required annual report questions
  2. Post the annual report to your website, and provide the URL to ODE
  3. Present the annual report to your board at an open meeting with the opportunity for public comment (cannot be a consent agenda item)
  4. Provide a copy of the board meeting minutes to ODE

If you have any questions about third period reporting or the annual report, please reach out to the SIA team at SIAinfo@state.or.us.

This Week's Frequently Asked Question

Q: I am a grantee without a summer extension and originally was tracking that my annual report would be due on August 30, 2021. I saw in last week’s SIA message that there is a possibility to have a 30 day extension to submit my annual report. What do I need to do to request a 30 day extension? 

A: Great question! The SIA team is offering a universal 30 day extension for any grantee that does not have a summer extension, meaning that instead of submitting the annual report information by August 30, 2021, you now have until September 30, 2021 to submit the information. There is nothing that you need to formally do to request this 30 day extension. You are also more than welcome to submit the annual report before September 30, but you have up until that point to submit the required information. 

As a reminder, if you have a summer extension and will be spending funds through the end of September, your annual report is not due until November 30, 2021.

Resources We're Excited About

Students notice and ask questions about what is going on in the world. Youth, in particular, ask profound questions about fairness. And when given the opportunity to change or improve their communities, student passions are ignited across grade levels. Yet, our classrooms often ignore these student questions as they may appear incompatible with pre-established curricula, or may even be deemed controversial. Here, we dive deeper into Tenet #5 - Content relevance - by sharing a podcast that highlights the academic, psychological, and societal value created by engaging students in controversial topics:  

  • Academic Value: Students study issues that carry multiple perspectives or do not have clear, definitive solutions. Therefore, it is necessary to research, identify evidence, evaluate its credibility, craft arguments, and share beyond the classroom. These tasks engage students in deeper learning experiences as illustrated by youth that sought to decrease dropouts by collecting, coding and statistically analyzing their own research, effectively preparing them for life beyond high school.
  • Psychological Value: Controversial issues often involve experiences that are central to the identities and daily lives of student focal groups. Engaging these topics increases student voice by facilitating their expertise in defining the problem, deciding how to address it, and taking action. The resulting sense of self-efficacy and purpose in learning is a powerful tool to prevent disengagement, and is effective at all grade levels as illustrated by these elementary students’ community improvement efforts.
  • Societal Value: In addition to cognitive abilities, the modern workplace and society demands self-reflection, interpersonal, problem-solving, and leadership skills that can be effectively developed through controversial issues. By mirroring problems and discussions across differences encountered in work and civic life, students build the will and skill to develop critical thinking around complex topics while approaching them from a cross-disciplinary lens.  

Strong evidence exists that content relevance can support SIA aims to narrow historical disparities and increase academic achievement. SIA grantees are encouraged to strive to make content relevant.

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