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April 13, 2018
"The sky's the limit! 
The beauty of CCLC is that community leaders and organizations are partnering with the schools to provide personalized instruction opportunities rarely available during the school day."
 - Dr. Teresa Purses, President, Stark Education Partnership

Plan now to attend the upcoming performance of
Seussical Kids by Canton City School Districts New Direction Performing Arts Academy and EN-RICH-MENT afterschool program. Friday, April 27th - 7pm at McKinley Main Campus in Umstattd Hall. $2 tickets available at the door.

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Canton City School District Awarded Two Additional 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

"When we think differently about the things we are used to seeing daily, we can create innovative opportunities." - George Couros

George Couros, The Innovator's Mindset, identifies eight characteristics important to fostering innovation: empathy, problem-finding, risk-taking, networking, observing, reflecting, resiliency, and creating. In order to foster innovation in our students, we need to be innovative in our methods. Canton City School District (CCSD) is one example in Stark County of a school district taking an innovative approach to education and excellence.

Beyond three existing 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Grants, Canton City Schools have seven more sites participating in additional CCLC grants which began in October 2017[1]. The grants continue for five years and offer CCSD the opportunity to provide support and development to participating children and their families in creative and innovative ways along four areas: reading, math, promotion of positive youth development, and family community engagement.

The CCLC program grants were designed to support the formation of an after-school community learning center that nurtures students' academic and non-academic needs through enrichment activities. Schools, along with community partners, offer reading and math enrichment activities designed to engage children are integrated in the program, as are youth development activities such as learning to make pottery, yoga, and opportunities for building relationships with families. "Our district is truly fortunate to have like-minded community partners and staff who are committed to providing authentic learning experiences for students that extend beyond the normal school day" said Shana Smith, Coordinator, Canton City School District.

Mid-year survey data showed that the kids' reaction to program was positive overall. When asked what they like about the program, the students responded with "it's fun," "the snacks," "help with reading/math," and "field trips" to name a few. When asked about what they would change, most students responded with "nothing," and others mentioned things like "more field trips," and "more time with friends." 

Where available[2], mid-year iReady scores[3] were compared with incoming fall scores. In every instance, overall scores increased in math 15 percentage points and 25 percentage points in reading.

[3] iReady - used in K-8 CCSD classrooms - is a formative assessment given in the fall, winter and spring of each academic year. It measures students' strengths and areas for growth in reading and mathematics and helps to personalize instruction for each student. https://www.curriculumassociates.
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The Stark Education Partnership - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Stark County, Ohio -  is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.  

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
Stark Education Partnership, 400 Market Avenue North - Suite B, Canton, OH 44702
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