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Setting an Example

While the bulk of Summit Education Initiative (SEI)’s work occurs behind-the-scenes, sometimes face-to-face conversation and in-person demonstrations best represent our support for community partners and their work. In fall 2016, Dr. Matthew Deevers, senior research associate at SEI, joined the International Institute of Akron (IIA)’s education department for a series of 16 for Success kit training sessions with local families.  READ MORE»

iC.A.R.E. To Make an Impact – Part II

Juwana Owens joined iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, in August 2016. She still finds it difficult to believe the Anderson sisters – her mentees from Roswell Kent Middle School – are related. Read more about the Andersons and their experiences with iC.A.R.E. Mentoring in this story. READ MORE»

iC.A.R.E. To Make an Impact – Part I

Since beginning in Summit County three years ago, iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, has grown significantly, now serving 313 students – about 1 percent of Akron Public Schools’ enrollment – with a roster of more than 200 mentors. This means there are less than 800 mentors to go to reach iC.A.R.E.’s 1,000 mentor/mentee goal by the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year.  READ MORE»

Financial Support Benefits Data Exchange

For the third year in a row, Sisler McFawn Foundation has awarded SEI funding to provide Summit County schools access to the National Student Clearinghouse®'s data exchange services. "National Student Clearinghouse delivers one of the highest returns out of all the tools to which we have access to track data," says Dr. Matthew Deevers, senior research associate at SEI. "It helps us turn data into actionable information." READ MORE»