The 20% set aside will be used to support after school, before school, and summer school programs as we work collectively to re-imagine quality engaging learning opportunities that meet the needs of ALL learners but also target our most vulnerable student populations including American Indian students (80% of our student demographic), students with special needs, ELL's, and economically disadvantaged.
A Director of Academic Enrichment was hired to support development of outside of school programming as well as enhancing our existing AVID system to promote effective use of WICOR engagement strategies during both in and out of school programming. The development of programs was based around "The Four I's of Summer Learning": Time for Improvement, Time for Integration, Time for Innovation, and Time for Impact. Structuring programs in this format allows us to: provide both students and staff opportunities to learn, develop community partnerships that last all year long, a chance to try out and measure new ideas before scaling them into regular school day/year, and a chance to model building caring communities through hands on experiential learning.
After school programs and summer school programs will focus on student academic and social emotional needs. In addition to our reading and math academies, high dosage tutoring practices from Varsity Tutors will be utilized beginning with our Geometry students. (See plan in related documents). AVID STEM Academies will be part of the enrichment program during Summer School.
Capturing Kids' Heart was first introduced to our leadership team in January 2022. Training and full program implementation will begin in Summer 2022 to address the social and emotional needs of students after COVID.
PUSD has and will continue to prioritize the following using ESSER monies: providing students access to technology, addressing food insecurity, developing opportunities for learning, fostering social and emotional well-being, and maintaining student equity. Providing students access to technology was a primary goal during the 2020-2021 SY. Within ESSER III we have budgeted for technology insurance costs and the hiring of two new Technology Integration Specialists so we can maximize the learning potential of our students through effective use of technology. License extensions for technology programs will be funded through ESSER to align with additional learning opportunities for students.
ESSER monies will be used to fund a social worker position to help with this important work as well as supporting social emotional needs of our students, teachers, and families. As part of the PUSD retention plan, we were able to retain dean of student positions with this funding. These roles are being reinvented to be more restorative in nature to best support SEL needs. Counselors will also be available during our summer programming to support students.
In alignment with IAP needs, schools have been asked to think about their programming from the lens of providing students access to a well rounded education with a focus on STEAM for both in school and outside of school learning opportunities. Re-imagined media centers at both elementary schools have combined technology and library into one course. ESSER monies will be used to create these spaces including flexible seating and the purchase of culturally relevant books to further support the needs of all learners.