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»

It Takes a Village

At Summit Education Initiative (SEI), we know that schools want to engage families; families want their children to be successful; and books at home make a difference in children’s learning and development. Along with SEI, Shelley Houser, a literacy coach for The University of Akron Center for Literacy, had to determine how to incorporate all three ideals into one program. The goal? Reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan (RIMP) across Summit County. READ MORE»