Q: We hear you’re a bibliophile. Tell us what books you’ve read recently?
A: Yes, I’m a bibliophile and my daughter is, too. I’ve recently read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I love her and appreciate her story as a
mother, as a wife, as a professional. I’ve also read Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper – she also is a professor who writes about pushing
against norms and Black women in academia. Right now, I’m reading The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, which is fascinating. Hip-hop
culture is a big part of who I am and what I study. Another one that I just re-read was Crushing by T.D. Jakes. The subtitle of the book is
“God Turns Pressure Into Power.” It’s a powerful read and spirituality is something that’s important to me.
provide an optimal and equitable learning
experience for all.
While this is not the start of the school
year any of us envisioned, the Shaker
Schools Foundation remains committed to
enhancing learning and teaching for Shaker
students and teachers, this year and
To help give
Shaker students the
best possible learning
experience this school
year, please consider
to the “Tech
2 Learn and Connect” fund at
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Innovative thinking. Creative problem solving. Caring for others. Shaker teachers,
students, staff, and community members have had ample opportunity to put those IB
traits into action since March of 2020.
Last spring, when COVID-19 interrupted in-person instruction, the District acted
quickly to purchase 200 WiFi hotspots to ensure that all Shaker families could participate
in remote learning. The Shaker Schools Foundation coordinated a fundraising campaign
to defray the cost of those devices. And, not surprisingly, community members did their
part by raising more than $25,000 in just a few weeks.
As it became clear that students and teachers would need to start this school year
in a remote learning mode for safety, the Foundation expanded this outreach campaign
to meet the particular needs of elementary students. As identified by Shaker teachers,
those needs include providing all K-6 students with high-quality headsets with microphones,
and smaller computer mice that are a better fit for young learners.
Says Onaway principal Eric Forman, “These headsets are a game-changer. They allow
students to communicate more easily and to be heard by their teachers and classmates as
clearly as possible in a remote setting.”
He noted that with the headsets “the student engagement is so much higher.” The
Foundation also supported the purchase of a District subscription to Read & Write for
Google, software that helps students gain reading fluency, and will continue to work
closely with teachers and administrators to identify other technology needs that can
In the past year, Shaker Heights Schools has completed the third
phase of capital projects, made possible by funds from the 2017
bond issue. Dollars from the bond issue are earmarked to keep
Shaker schools warm, safe, and dry, and address the buildings’
most pressing needs. This year, Boulevard, Lomond, Mercer, and
Woodbury Elementary Schools as well as Shaker Heights Middle
School all completed waterproofing projects. Additionally, crews at
the High School completed a partial roof replacement. SL
Show Shaker Students Some TLC
with “Tech 2 Learn and Connect”
Your Bond Dollars at Work: Shaker Heights Schools 2020 Capital Projects Updates
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