SEI Press Releases

Summit County’s First Cohort of CLASS Act Scholars Began the Program Sept. 15

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) has announced the names of 20 individuals who will represent the first cohort of CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County through May 2018. CLASS Act Scholars is a new program that combines the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for a group of educators working in Summit County preschools. Generous funding from GAR Foundation, GPD Group Employees’ Foundation and PNC Foundation will support CLASS Act Scholars’ pilot year and beyond. Find out who was selected in this post.

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Second Annual School Readiness Summit Registration Opens for Oct. 27 Event

Registration for the 2017 School Readiness Summit on Oct. 27 is open and organizers are hoping to attract an even bigger crowd of child advocates than last year. More than 530 caring adults convened at John S. Knight Center last October for the first summit, which featured active discussions on preparing children for success in school and life. Read more about what attendees may expect at this year’s event in the press release Summit Education Initiative distributed on Aug. 24.

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Community Partners Collaborate to Support Early Childhood Education at Home

When a county-wide initiative convenes local families, educators and community partners to support its youngest residents, we all win. This August, the Good Beginning Fairs celebrate their eighth year as part of the late County of Summit Executive Russ Pry’s Summit Kids Month. The fairs, also part of the Summit County First Things First initiative, support one of First Things First’s most significant guiding principles – early learning begins at birth. Read more about the fairs in this press release, distributed on June 12, 2017.

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20 Early Educators to Help Increase High-Quality Teacher/Child Interactions

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. Read more about the program in this story.

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Interactive Presentation Illustrates Students’ Experiences and Effects on Summit County

During Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s Cradle to Career Experience, all audience members have a role to play. Whether an individual becomes a student (e.g., Billy, Danielle or Aiden), or a student’s advocate, everyone has an opportunity to participate. The hands-on, interactive approach not only puts some adults in students’ shoes, but it also encourages individuals to think about how to disperse their own resources to help more students meet with success. Read more about the experience and how to get your organization involved in this post.

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