The school year is going by fast … already more than half gone!
We want to share just a few updates of what’s happened around the ESC so far — keeping you in the loop about what we’re doing, and how we’re expanding!
In response to clear demand from school districts in our area and across the northeast Ohio region, Summit ESC has significantly expanded its capacity and ability to assist districts in Socio-emotional Learning (SEL) and Professional Development in Mathematics and English/Language Arts (ELA).
Expansion of our Influence and Services so far this School Year
High demand for SEL has led to the former Student Services Department branching into two separate departments — 1) the Department of Early Learning and 2) the Department of Student Services and Wellness Initiatives.
The latter coordinates support for districts in the areas of mental health and well-being as well as:
Providing assistance to districts whose students need physical therapy,
Speech and language support, occupational therapy,
Behavior supports (BCBA), audiology support,
English Learner (EL) support,
And a teacher of the deaf (TOD).
Within the department we also employ a Student and Family Liaison to help families that need access to social services. One area of continued growth is our audiology program, which serves 37 districts throughout Summit, Portage, Medina, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties.
Growing Interest in Math and Language Arts
Increasing demand for Mathematics support has led to the addition of a second Math Consultant, Susan Huth (just three years ago we had only one part-time math consultant, Steve Miller).
While much of the work is done locally to assist districts in their math initiatives, our Math Consultants have worked with ODE to coordinate and develop a new high school math course, Math Modeling and Reasoning, for students who may not need a traditional Algebra II course for their future endeavors and goals.
This effort has even extended beyond state lines and has drawn interest in Michigan and other midwestern states. In fact, we recently accepted a request for math services in the State of Oregon for the Modeling and Reasoning course!
We also added a new ELA Consultant, as the demand for English Language Arts support has increased. We converted a former part-time position to full-time and are seeing demand for this service throughout Northeast Ohio across multiple counties.
Successful Executive and Leadership Searches and Services
SESC has played a significant role in providing professional executive search services for districts. We are pleased that so many districts entrust us with facilitating their searches for treasurers and superintendents.
Coordinated by Summit ESC Superintendent Joseph Iacano, and former district superintendents Dr. Christina Dincklocker and Jeff Ferguson, SESC has assisted the Springfield, Coventry, Norton, Twinsburg, Cuyahoga Falls, Waterloo, Chippewa, and Woodridge districts in identifying and hiring new superintendents or treasurers in the last two years alone.
SESC is prepared to assist districts in other nearby counties as well. We have also helped multiple districts with Strategic Planning and development of the “Portrait of a Graduate” process. Please call for more information on these services! Contact Jeff Ferguson at [email protected] or (330) 945-5600 x513918.
As you can see, we are eager to serve Northeast Ohio and beyond. Thank you for making it possible!