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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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Education is the ticket to achieving the American Dream for Bhutanese refugees in Akron

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Story By Tom Crain

“In the beginning,  I was really freaked out,” confesses ninth grader Sabbitri about her first couple months transferring mid-year from a Nepali refugee camp school to Akron’s North High School.  “I couldn’t get the combination on my locker to work. The other high school girls had beautiful makeup and clothes and wild hairstyles in all different colors. They were always laughing and texting each other. They were so much happier and prettier than I was.”

The transition from Nepal’s refugee camp schools to America’s public schools is a challenge for most Bhutanese students like Sabbitri.  The Nepali government places a strong emphasis on its monastic-style of teaching where its Bhutanese refugees go to school, providing nine years of free education for them. Lessons are taught in British English and Nepali.

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College and Career Readiness – Schools work on progress through collaboration

 

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The Second to Last Benchmark in Summit Education Initiative (SEI)  Cradle to Career Pipeline is College and Career Readiness.

  • All students graduate from high school with a plan to be employed, enrolled or enlisted.
  •  All students who plan to attend college after high school will complete a FAFSA.
  •  Increase the proportion of students who earn a “college ready” score on college placement tests.

The group’s goal is for every student leaving high school to have a plan to become enrolled in college, enlisted in public service, or employed in a job that leads to a career.

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Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

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The third key transition point Summit Education Initiative (SEI) focuses on is third grade. By third grade, SEI wants kids reading on grade level.

In the past few years, this has coincided with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. In Spring of 2012, the Ohio Legislature passed an education policy bill which included the guarantee. The bill requires 3rd graders to meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the 4th grade reading instruction.

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Summit Education Initiative Progress of the Findley Adopt-a-School Initiative 2014

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Derran Wimer, Executive Director of the Summit Education Initiative, reported on the progress of the Findley Adopt-a-School initiative at The Love Akron Network’s annual breakfast on September 30th.  We are very pleased to offer you  the text of Mr. Wimer’s report.

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