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Early Educators Help Increase High-Quality Teacher/Child Interactions

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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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It Takes a Village

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

 

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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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Setting an Example

Story Courtesy of Summit Education Initiative

 

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Photo Courtesy of International Institute of Akron

 

 

SEI guides 16 for Success kit training for community partner

While the bulk of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s work occurs behind-the-scenes, sometimes face-to-face conversation and in-person demonstrations best represent our support for community partners and their work.

In fall 2016, Dr. Matthew Deevers, senior research associate at SEI, joined the International Institute of Akron (IIA)’s education department for a series of 16 for Success kit training sessions with local families. While the dialogue and activity in each session helps teach parents how to use different aspects of the kit, the ultimate goal of the training is to help their children begin kindergarten on track for success.

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School Readiness Summit brings together education profession Part 2

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Everyday Ways Parents Can Be Teachers

After the keynote speech, attendees went to one of several breakout sessions on topics including emotional attachment and how play is a part of learning.

Kandi Novak, Quality Enhancement Specialist at Child Care Connection, spoke on how creating brain building moments for parents can be a major help to children. The talk focused around a tool called Vroom which gives parents tips on how to create educational moments in everyday life.
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School Readiness Summit brings together education profession

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Teachers and education-related professionals joined together for First Things First and the Summit Education Initiative’s School Readiness Summit at the John S. Knight Center Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Summit, modeled after a similar event in Dayton, brought people working in the early childhood realm together with other experts from other fields and local professionals in order to improve educational outcomes in the Summit County.
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