Safe and Positive Schools Coalition Leadership Day
February 27th, 2009

Dr. Willard Daggett
On Friday, February 27th, over 200 students and 50 Superintendents, Administrators, Counselors, Teachers and Advisors, from Summit County school districts attended the Third Annual Leadership Rally put on by the Student Coalition for Positive & Safe Schools (SCPSS). The rally was held at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls and was led by Guy Burney, Val Burney and Penny Senyak of the Ohio Network: Training and Assistance for Schools and Communities (ONTASC). The keynote speaker and presenter for the day was Dr. Willard Daggett, President of the International Center for Leadership in Education Inc. Dr. Daggett is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students.

The rally which had the theme of Survivor: Madagascar was kicked off with performances by the Green High School Drum Corp and Dance Line and the Barberton High School Cheerleaders. Following the opening activities, Dr. Daggett addressed the audience about the huge challenges that students are faced with in this Global Economy. Dr. Daggett, who was one of four presenters for the concurrent breakout sessions, spoke in small groups about rigor and relevance in the classroom and addressed any questions that were posed. Susan Tucker, from the Summit County Domestic Court did a session on Bullying and Harassment, ONTASC did a session on Non-Academic Barriers such as poverty and Michael Herchik from the SCESC did a session on Positive Schools.

The day ended with closing activities and an energized group of students and staff returning to their home schools to continue the work on making schools a positive and safe place. The high schools that have participated in the SCPSS are as follows: Barberton, Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Mogadore, Norton, Revere, Springfield, Stow-Munroe Falls and Tallmadge.

The Student Coalition for Positive & Safe Schools would like to thank the following people for making this program possible:
  • The Sheraton Suites of Cuyahoga Falls for donating the spaces for this rally.
  • Superintendents, Administrators, Staff and Home School Advisors for their participation.
  • ONTASC Personnel – Penny  Senyak, Director, Guy Burney and Val Burney Presenters
  • Susan Tucker – Summit County Domestic Court – Volunteer Presenter.
  • Summit County ESC Staff – Mrs. Sally Gibson, Mr. Bill Holko and Mr. Tom Jansen for their support.
  • Summit County ESC Superintendent – Mrs. Linda Fuline for her support.


Green High School's Drum Corps kicks off the opening ceremonies.

Students having one-on-one discussions on positive schools.

Susan Tucker leads a demonstration on anti-bully strategies.

Guy Burney poses questions to a group of students.