Summer Reading Program Begins June 6 in Akron

A new summer reading program for Akron Public Schools students in kindergarten through second grade will pair volunteer tutors with students for one-on-one reading sessions from June 6 through Aug. 18. The City of Akron hopes its new program will help students retain and/or improve reading skills over summer. Read more in this story from the Akron Beacon Journal. READ MORE»

Learning to Love Reading

For some students, reading is a struggle to master. More so, it’s an activity often neglected. That’s why nearly 50 Akron-based employees from Goodyear Tire & Rubber devote about an hour of time to one student every week. It’s an hour of reading. Comprehension. Activities. And perhaps most importantly, one-on-one attention. Learn more about the Akron Reads tutoring program. READ MORE»

Dr. Matthew Deevers to keynote Annual Educator Conference

GAR Foundation has announced Summit Education Initiative's Dr. Matthew Deevers will be the keynote speaker during the Annual Education Conference on Oct. 6, 2016. In his talk, "Keep the Clay Wet: Promoting Growth for Yourself and Your Students," Deevers will address the ways a culture of positive, persistent growth can dramatically improve outcomes and reduce achievement gaps and help everyone reshape their practices, like wet clay on a potter's wheel. Read more in this announcement from GAR Foundation. READ MORE»

Three Promises, Building Momentum

The following post is an excerpt of a message from Derran Wimer, executive director of Summit Education Initiative. Here, he encourages our readers to think about ways they can and do support the three promises for students in Summit County we agreed upon at January's GradNation Community Summit.  READ MORE»