Enlisted – Isaiah Sears-Gooding

Isaiah Sears-Gooding remembers the first time he met Marines. “They made an impact on my life,” he says. Sears-Gooding, a Kenmore High School senior who decided to graduate from Akron Public Schools after moving several times during his childhood, had participated in an activity day after a week of testing in grade school. Marines helped coordinate this special day for students, which included snacks and games. “When I talked to the Marines during the event, they seemed professional; I liked their uniforms,” Sears-Gooding says. He recalls seeing similar uniforms in video games that depict combat on screens, but actually meeting Marines made Sears-Gooding realize just how real those situations can be. READ MORE»

Barberton High School Aligns With Three Es

After discussing soft skill and employee development with Summit Education Initiative (SEI), Barberton High School Assistant Principal Mike Andric felt inspired to incorporate those concepts into the curriculum. “We want all students to have a pathway to college, the workforce or military after graduation,” he says. “We try to present as many options as we can for each pathway.” At Barberton, borrowing SEI’s “Three Es” language – “Enrolled, Employed or Enlisted” – has expanded to a Senior Day. The high school hosted the first Senior Day for its nearly 260 seniors in fall 2016. Read more about the event in this post. READ MORE»

Woodridge High School Students Get an Early Start

According to Principal Joel Morgan, Woodridge High School focuses on Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s “Three Es” concept from students’ freshmen classes through senior year. “As a district, we’ve embraced the concept,” he says. “We are making sure students have what they need to succeed.” Forward thinking has saturated Woodridge Local Schools, as the “Three Es” represent a common theme among all buildings. Read more in this post. READ MORE»

Barberton Looks Forward to Early Childhood Readiness Fair

“If we expect more from students ages zero through five, we’ll see a much higher return on investment,” says Barberton City Schools Superintendent Patti Cleary. “On the whole, children are not ready for school upon entering kindergarten. That means by age five or six, many students are already behind.” One problem? Not enough children are going to preschool. “Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s determination that only 37 percent of four-year-olds in Barberton are attending preschool was our ‘A-ha!’ moment,” Cleary says. Read more about Barberton's school readiness efforts here. READ MORE»

A Tiny Package of Courage

Ruby Bridges was one of only six African-American children to score high enough on the school's entrance test, designed to keep black children from "qualifying" to attend the all-white school. She was the little girl who was born the same year the Brown v. Board of Education decision upheld that schools could no longer be "separate but equal." Read about Executive Director Derran Wimer's experience at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta here. READ MORE»