Summit Connect

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Superintendent's Message

We made it to Spring! I know when this school year began, there were so many complexities to overcome, we all were simply trying to manage moment to moment. Whether your district was in-person, hybrid or remote when this school year began, we all had hurtles to overcome. I hope you find yourselves in a better place now that April has arrived.

I want to extend a warm welcome to three new districts that have joined our Summit ESC family: Rootstown Local, Southeast Local and Windham Exempted Village. We remain dedicated to all the districts we serve. Success for all students is always our goal, and we work together to embrace whatever is needed to help our districts.

For many of you, these last couple of months will bring a return to end-of-year traditions, such as prom, graduation or field day. While some adjustments will still have to be made to have these events, I hope you and your students will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. the time to celebrate is well-deserved.

Take care,

Joe Iacano

Summit ESC

Summit ESC Helps Coordinate Vaccine Rollout for School Districts

The first part of 2021 proved to be very busy for the Summit ESC, as we worked to coordinate the COVID vaccine rollouts between the state of Ohio, vaccination providers and several area school districts.

Even as demand for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines outpaced supply, the Summit ESC continued to work with providers to determine when they would receive their shipments and be able to get the county’s school employees vaccinated. “It was an incredibly busy time as we worked to secure vaccines for more than 4,000 school employees, but also very satisfying because we know if brought a lot of people hope for the future,” said Summit ESC Superintendent Joe Iacano.

Summit County was among the first 12 counties in the state to be part of the four-week statewide rollout. We appreciate the patience area districts and schools as we worked to assist them during an uncertain time.

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Join Us for the Circle Maker's Equity Institute on April 15

On April 15, the Summit ESC is pleased to present a full day Circle Makers Virtual Equity Institute Conference. The interactive conference will be led by Dr. Julie Causton and Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. This professional development opportunity is for educators and stakeholders interested in providing more inclusive opportunities for all students.

In addition to learning practical strategies for creating inclusive schools, the conference will provide several on-demand sessions on topics such as the need for Social and Emotional Learning, Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors, and Race as an Identity.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit

Be Sure to Watch the Summit Exchange

In the fall, we launched our first installment of the Summit Exchange! In this “talk-show” style format, we interviewed the Superintendent of Nordonia Hills City Schools, Dr. Joe Clark. The program was posted on YouTube and our social media platforms. We plan to begin recording more of these in-depth interviews, showcasing various educational newsmakers in our Summit County school districts and beyond.

If you have an idea for someone to highlight, email Patti Maloney at

To watch our inaugural Summit Exchange, click here:

Virtual Symposium Planned for August 5, 2021

Save the date of August 5 for the Summit ESC Virtual Symposium!

Since we were not sure if would be able to host a large group safely this summer for our annual professional development retreat, we decided to plan for a virtual event. Similar to last year, we will have a variety of keynote speakers and breakout sessions to attend via Zoom throughout the day. Last year, more than 180 attendees took part in the one-day event.

Look for additional information and registration details coming in the next few months!

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Gifted Workshop Coming in October

This fall, the Summit ESC will bring you a special workshop titled: Differentiating UP! Challenging All Learners Through Depth & Complexity.

The workshop will take place Wednesday, October 6, 2021 with presenter Richard M. Cash, Ed.D. An award-winning educator, author and consultant/coach, Cash has worked with schools throughout the country and internationally. Look for more information in the coming weeks!

Raising Awareness During Disability Awareness Month

Throughout the month of March, we strive to raise awareness for National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. On March 1st, we wore our orange to celebrate Inclusion Day with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board.

DD Awareness, as it is sometimes called, is so important to us as we work to provide an array of services to students in the districts we serve. Service details can be found here:

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan recognized March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. The goal is to provide the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and achieve their full potential.

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Be sure to follow the Summit ESC on Facebook & Twitter as we show what our staff and affiliated districts are doing to support students throughout the 2020-21 school year.