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Community Engagement

Community Engagement at Salem Keizer Public Schools is a dynamic, ongoing two-way process of building relationships, working collaboratively, and sharing resources creating transformative benefits for ALL students, families and schools.

Student Investment Account Task Force Recommendations Feb 2020

What is SIA?

The Student Investment Account (SIA) is a fund of approximatley $35 million annually provided to Salem-Keizer Public Schools by the Oregon Department of Education. The funds are used to support all students and families by adding almost 100 staff members—both teachers and support staff—focused on equity and inclusion, mental health supports, after-school programs and academic achievement. See the 2020 Plan Highlights for more details.

The Student Investment Account Committee specializes in providing equity work through evaluation and implementing social justice as we progress in Salem Keizer Public Schools Public Schools. The committee is made up of students, district staff and community members.

Its purpose is to provide better communication through partnerships. Another priority of the SIA committee is to serve students in the district with better access to academic resources, restorative behavioral practices, and the importance of mental health.

Meeting Reports

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What is a CSOC?

Community School Outreach Coordinators (CSOC) are district staff that work with parents, families, school staff, businesses and the community. They have a key role in connecting through outreach and education. CSOCs work to eliminate barriers, enabling relationships to develop among schools, families and the community. School-based CSOCs connect students with resources, coordinate after-school events, and support initiatives that directly impact school culture.

Language Support CSOCs

A team of CSOCS also helps families by providing interpretation and translation supports for families. Click on the button to see contact information.

CSOC Language Support List
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What is OSEAA?

Office of Student Equity, Access, and Advancement (OSEAA) promotes, supports, and advocates for the vision and values around diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of Salem Keizer Public Schools. The team analyzes student performance data in order to recommend school and/or community interventions. The work includes examining issues of institutional equity, and advising district staff on responses to incidents of bias and harassment.

The OSEAA is led by program director and cabinet member Cynthia Richardson.

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Focus Groups

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to including a variety of voices in its decision-making and improvement strategies. One sure way to do this are focus groups that require a two-way communication process, allowing targeted audiences to share their concerns and provide feedback in a safe space. These groups, although diverse, are smaller in size with a maximum number of 8-10 people.

The district also hosts other forms of engagement such as listening and/or engagement sessions either in person (ensuring safety protocols) and/or virtually. When hosting in person discussions, the district will limit the size of these groups to ensure safety and ability for the facilitator to manage discussions. As for virtual webinars, the district has hosted upwards of 1,000 people along with ASL and multilingual channels staffed with district interpreters.

Types of Focus Groups, Listening and Engagement Sessions

All groups and sessions ensure voices of its diverse audiences like students, families, staff, and community from multilingual and multi-race backgrounds. They are conducted live with a Q & A section and with trained staff or an independent facilitator. Discussions have centered on communications, Special Education, Equity, Return to School preparations that included COVID-19 protocols, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, and safe and welcoming schools focused on safety, security, and discipline redesign work as it. These engagement vehicles are performed at the district and school level.

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After-School Resources

At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, each school continues to provide opportunities and resources to engage students on programs and activities that supplement their education. Schools have developed and maintained the following programs to assist families and students before and after school. Programs include tutoring, clubs, mentoring support, and the enrichment academy that offers science, technology, engineering, math, arts, music, literacy, health, and nutrition. All programs are free with some schools offering meals and transportation.

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Stakeholder Relations and Community Partnerships

Crucial to Salem-Keizer Public School’s success is its community which includes residents, businesses, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, higher educational institutions, and governments. The district has a dedicated staff focused on developing new partnerships while enhancing its current relationships. Stakeholders and partners engage in listening sessions, and support the district with donations and in-kind supports.

Communications Vacancy

Salem-Keizer District Communications seeks qualified candidates for the position of Stakeholder Relations and Engagement Specialist. Go to the Frontline Recruitment website for more information about the position and how to submit application materials. Includes engaging families in district decision making and ensuring disenfranchised communities and stakeholders feel connected to the district.

Community Learning Sessions

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is partnering with the community to provide a series of Community Learning Sessions throughout the 2021-22 school year. The first meeting in November 2021 was Government-to-Government Relations hosted by Salem-Keizer School Board Chair Osvaldo Avila and SKPS Director of Student Equity, Access and Advancement Cynthia Richardson. Stand by for more learning sessions coming soon.

Community Events

mon31jan6:00 pm7:30 pmCommunity Learning Session #2: Celebrating Black History - Stories from Oregon6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

thu17feb6:00 pm7:00 pmParent Listening Session - Special Education Advisory TeamSpecial Education Listening Session6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

thu17mar6:00 pm7:00 pmParent Listening Session - Special Education Advisory TeamSpecial Education Listening Session6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

thu21apr6:00 pm7:00 pmParent Listening Session - Special Education Advisory TeamSpecial Education Listening Session6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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