A Happy Birthday

I just celebrated a birthday. My two sons and daughter-in-law gave me the best present. They shoveled, wheeled, spread and raked nine tons of limestone as a surprise for me. Read more from Summit Executive Director Derran Wimer's message in the June 2017 "Align & Engage" e-newsletter here. READ MORE»

City of Akron Combats ‘Summer Slide’ with Free Reading Program

The City of Akron is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Akron Public Schools (APS) and Summit Education Initiative (SEI), to host its successful summer reading program again this year, starting June 12. The program will help Akron students, in kindergarten through second grade, practice their reading with support from a community volunteer. Read more details in this post. READ MORE»

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. READ MORE»

Cradle to Career Experience Westward Bound

StriveTogether selected SEI to present the Cradle to Career Experience as an effective community engagement tool at its convening in October 2017. Attendees from more than 70 network partnerships will either experience or witness the journeys of students such as “Adam,” “Bella,” “Cody,” “Daphne” and “Freddy” as they make their ways closer to prosperity or hardship. Read more about the convening in this story. READ MORE»