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Subject: Looking at the Issues - May 30, 2008
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May 30, 2008
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Community  Forum with Chancellor Fingerhut
On Friday, May 30th, Adrienne O'Neill was a  panel discussion participant of "Breaking Barriers Between K-12 and Higher Education" during a Community Conversation Forum with Chancellor Eric Fingerhut held at Stark State College. As part of the forum, Chancellor Fingerhut provided an overview of his 10-year strategic plan.

Stark & Summit P-16 Members Offer Feedback
During a luncheon on Friday, May 30th, members of Stark and Summit P-16 Councils met to provide feedback on the game-changing actions related to the Ohio Core Curriculum that are under consideration by the Public-Private Collaborative Commission.

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Every day, in addition to the students who stop into my office or the classes I visit, I speak to students who haven't connected with the support they needs to follow through on their life plans. - Laura Ford, College Connector, McKinley High School

In May, we see the meaning of teamwork in sporting venues - baseball diamonds, basketball courts and hockey arenas. Teamwork is also an important factor in the graduation exercises held in high schools and colleges as students, parents, teachers and communities are rewarded for their role in the education of our citizens. In Stark County, a unique team including:  United Way of Greater Stark County (UWGSC), Ohio College Access Network (OCAN), Canton City Schools, KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Stark Education Partnership (SEP) has combined efforts to support students at McKinley High School. These agencies have collaborated to create a culture of expectation for education beyond high school and have supported a College Connector to provide essential access services to students and their families.

What are the elements of that culture of expectation?
  • Regional Support - In 2007, UWGSC Special Call for Investment offered non-profit agencies the opportunity to access funds set aside to address the goal: "More youth . . . will graduate from high school and pursue additional training or education." An SEP proposal for a College Connector at McKinley High School was funded. Additional funding commitments were made by OCAN and SEP.

  • Statewide Initiatives - The four small schools at McKinley are staffed by teachers and administrators who have benefited from the KnowledgeWorks Ohio High Schools Transformation Initiative for the past four years. The schools have made great strides in creating an environment where all students are known well by the adults in their schools. The college connector was not seen as an intrusion by these faculties but as invaluable to teachers and guidance counselors working daily to increase student participation in education beyond high school.

  • Local Support - In 2007, Canton City Schools lead the Ohio Big Eight urban districts with 53% of students taking the ACT, the test required for admission to many Ohio colleges. This is just one of the multiple strands in practice throughout the community including: the college connector, Dual Credit, Post Secondary Education Opportunity, Advanced Placement, Seniors to Sophomores, college without remediation, college retention and graduation, and engaging adults with some college but no degree.
Laura opens a new way of life for many students. She has been tireless in disseminating information to students and their parents, both individually as well as in groups. She seems to be everywhere devising well-publicized activities for students and/or parents. - McKinley Teachers
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