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Two Summit ESC Staff Members Named CLASS Act Scholars of Summit County

Posted: 10/18/2017

Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) Intervention Specialists Diana Nabring and Nicole Garman have been named CLASS® Act Scholars of Summit County. The program combines the Class Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) with free coaching, mentoring and professional development for an exclusive group of 20 early educators working in Summit County preschools.

“I am very honored to be chosen as a CLASS Act Scholar,” said Nabring. “This is an incredible opportunity to make connections with other professionals who share my passion for working with children.”

CLASS is a research-based approach that focuses on the features of quality that are most important to children’s learning and development. CLASS training is designed to strengthen, support and empower teachers in ways that drive high-quality teacher/child interactions.

Scholars were selected for demonstrating a desire to represent and build the early childhood profession within Summit County in positive ways.

Teacher: Diana Nabring
Diana Nabring
Teacher: Nikki Garman
Nikki Garman

“I am excited to be a part of this exceptional group,” said Garman. “I look forward to learning how to use the CLASS to improve my interactions with my students.”

The course, titled “Making the Most of Classroom Interactions,” began in September and runs through May. Scholars meet for two hours each month. The course gives teachers a deeper understanding of CLASS-based principles and practical strategies to interact more intentionally and effectively in ways that are proven to increase children’s learning.

“We are thrilled to have two outstanding educators participating in this program,” said Summit ESC Director of Student Services Kristin Fazio. “We are confident that Diana and Nicole will learn many great skills that they can not only apply in their classrooms and use in their interactions with their students, but share with the rest of the staff at the Summit ESC.”