Tag Archives: Education

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes
a Sojourn Theater production
at Cleveland Public Theater

By Scott Myers

 Alejandro Tey in the Regional Premiere.  Photo Brud Giles


Field Trip Report

So many cool things happen in Cleveland that we in Akron could tap into to our benefit, but somehow that 40 minute drive up 77 seems overwhelming.  Gina Burk instigated an Akron contingent – Stephenie Leonardi  (aka Leo) with Summit Lake Build Corp, Beth Vild with Big Love, and myself – to visit a performance at Cleveland Public Theater Saturday evening, January 27th.  Here’s what we found:

Cleveland Public Theater (CPT)  is like the older sibling to the Balch Street Theater in Akron.  Both produce and stage theater events that speak to our times and places.

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East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp. StormWaterColors project selected as national finalist for placemaking funding


East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (EANDC) StormWaterColors project proposal is one of 70 finalists for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).

ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making EANDC’s project one of just 7 percent of the projects across the country to make this cut.

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Early Educators Help Increase High-Quality Teacher/Child Interactions


Story reprinted courtesy of Summit Education Initiative


Elevate, celebrate and support are three items on the agenda of a new, exclusive group of early educators.

CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County is a new program that combines the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for a group of 20 educators working in Summit County preschools and child care centers. Generous funding from GAR Foundation, GPD Group Employees’ Foundation and PNC Foundation will support CLASS Act Scholars’ pilot year and beyond.

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A Calling That Has Changed Her Life


As OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry) bids a fond farewell to Dottie Achmoody upon her retirement from her role as CEO on March 31, we look back at her extraordinary accomplishments and the impact she has had not just at OPEN M but on the greater Akron community.

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It Takes a Village

Key Steps to Reading Success program improves children’s reading abilities


booktableStory reprinted courtesy of Summit Education Initiative

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) knows that:

  • schools want to engage families;
  • families want their children to be successful; and
  • books at home make a difference in children’s learning and development


Along with SEI, Shelley Houser, a literacy coach for The University of Akron Center for Literacy, had to determine how to incorporate all three ideals into one program. The goal? Reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) across Summit County.

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