SEI Stories

Embracing School Readiness in Tallmadge

The enhancement of early childhood education has been an ongoing conversation among school administrators in Tallmadge. “We’re lucky to have a close-knit community, in terms of the investment and willingness of residents to support schools,” says Courtney Davis, principal of Dunbar Elementary School. Although Readiness Coalitions debuted in Summit County earlier this year, Davis, along with Superintendent of Tallmadge City Schools Jeff Ferguson, had already collaborated on several early childhood initiatives. Read more about their ideas in this story.


High-Fives All Around

More than 170 individuals attended the TSS Kick-Off, “Bridging Early Childhood and Kindergarten in Your Community,” on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Akron Civic Theatre. While the event’s brief presentation reviewed the value of the TSS and its successes in Summit County schools, the main purpose of the kick-off was to celebrate the preschools involved, in addition to their kindergarten-level partners. Read more about the event and the Readiness Coalitions forming across Summit County in this story.


Believe in Them

Are you a bridge builder? When I talked with faculty and staff in schools I led, I would remind them that we, adults, need to be bridge builders. Students cannot be expected to be the bridge builders. The kids who are difficult to reach – the ones who make bad choices, behave poorly and generally irritate you – are never going to build a bridge.