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.
“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.
Kindergarten readiness is important – beyond the first day of school. That’s why several teachers in Summit County chose to serve students during the Get Ready for School program this summer. Get Ready for School is a program of Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) – a free, family-focused kindergarten readiness program to help 3- and 4-year-old children get ready for kindergarten. Learn more in this post.