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January 2020

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WKYC to put spotlight on need for mentors

College Now Greater Cleveland is seeking 1,000 mentors to pair with graduating high school seniors.

WKYC-TV will spotlight the need with the Mentor Monday recruiting blitz on Jan. 27. Channel 3 is hosting in partnership with College Now, CMSD and Say Yes to Education Cleveland.

College Now mentors guide graduates bound for college and postsecondary career training, including recipients of the Say Yes to Education scholarships given to graduates of CMSD and partnering charter high schools. (For more information, go to

Mentoring is a key component of the Say Yes Cleveland program, which began a year ago. College Now mentors frequently work with first-generation college students who need help with questions about higher education.

As part of Mentor Monday, WKYC will feature stories throughout the day on the success of the College Now mentoring program and participants. Viewers can sign up to be mentors. This is the second year for the event.

(College Now honors mentors at luncheon. Find story here.)

Mentors are required to have a college degree, pass a background check and complete brief training.

They also make a four-year commitment, but the time put in during that period is minimal. Mentors and mentees correspond several times a month online and meet in person several times a year. Some choose to communicate more often.

To apply to be a mentor, go to Apply by March 1 to be matched with a mentee this summer.

For more information on the mentoring program, contact Jabari Dorsey at or 216-635-0268.

Mentor Monday 2020

Say Yes ranks as top story for 2019

The first big story of 2019 -- the arrival of Say Yes to Education in Cleveland -- was also the biggest story of the year.

But while Say Yes grabbed headlines from start to finish, CMSD had other moments in the spotlight, especially when it came to state and national report cards. The District also set standards for others, inspiring plans to help students nationwide control their emotions and schools in Ohio improve attendance.

See the full list of top stories.

8th graders earn college credit with robotics (Video)

At the beginning of the school year, a select few Nathan Hale eighth graders opened bins, and that opened new opportunities like building and coding robots.

Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) Linkage Coordinator Brian Simmons says he wanted to start a robotics program at Nathan Hale School after some of the students shared with him their dreams for the future.

"We had to find a way for them to achieve that goal,” said Simmons.

He contacted Tri-C's Youth Technology Academy (YTA), a STEM focused high school program designed to train students for the technical workforce. The program is in 14 CMSD high schools, but Nathan Hale is the first K-8 school.


Eighth graders earn college credit through robotics class

7 CMSD schools win state Momentum Award

Seven CMSD schools have received state Momentum Awards for achieving academic growth that exceeded expectations last school year.

It is the largest number of District schools to earn the award since it was started in 2015.

Glenville High School won its third Momentum Award and Paul L. Dunbar PreK-8 School received the award for a second time.

First-time winners included three PreK-8 schools -- Clara Westropp, George Washington Carver and Miles – and two high schools – Cleveland High School for Digital Arts and Rhodes College and Career Academy.

To qualify, schools must earn straight A’s in applicable measures of value-added, a measure of whether groups reach the level of growth forecast for them. Measures include growth by students with disabilities, students in the lowest 20 percent of achievement and gifted students.

Statewide, 173 schools received Momentum Awards.

Students learn coding to reduce NEO talent gap (Video)

Some Ginn Academy students are learning how to code. A computer skill most of them didn’t have before they started attending the Health IT in the CLE afterschool program.

“I learned many things about coding,” said Jordon, an 11th-grader at Ginn Academy. “And how, anytime you want to start out a webpage you have to start with a HTML.”

For most of us, we just see the colors and words on a webpage but in order for it to look that way coding is required.

"If you want to design something, you can use CSS, which is basically a style sheet," said Jordon. "So, anytime you want to basically add color to your letters and anything else you need to use a CSS."

Grady Burrows, the director of health talent at BioEnterprise, a non-profit health care and bioscience business accelerator, runs the HIT in the CLE Community Classroom, afterschool coding program available to any high school student in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. The classroom is a collaboration between BioEnterprise, the Cleveland Foundation and other community partners.

The goal of the program is to grow a talent pipeline for IT industries, including healthcare and biomedical in Northeast Ohio.


High school students are learning to code during afterschool program