Kent Education Excellence Partnership (KEEP)


A Partnership of Kent State University and Local School Districts:

Aurora City Schools
Barberton City Schools
Crestwood Local Schools
Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
Field Local Schools
Kent City Schools
Nordonia Hills City Schools
Norton City Schools
Springfield Local Schools
Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools
Streetsboro City Schools
Summit Educational Service Center
Tallmadge City Schools
Windham Local Schools

A Brief Overview of KEEP

Since 2010, the Kent Education Excellence Partnership (KEEP) has provided teachers with opportunities for holistic and reflective learning about classroom practice in concert with other committed educators from several public school districts in northeastern Ohio. This is done annually at the KEEP summer teachers’ academy and sustained throughout the year through teacher collaborative inquiry into classroom practice research. Over the 2018-2019 school year, the KEEP Academy Teacher Planning Committee met three times for 2-hour, after school meetings held at schools in one of the partnering school districts.  The 2019 KEEP Academy will be held for three days over the summer, and during this event the teachers’ learning will be continue through critical conversations, inquiry, and reflection.  After summer, teacher collaborative inquiry projects proposed during the Academy will be developed during the 2019-2020 school year. These Inquiry Into Practice projects will be based on a research protocol developed during the Academy. The teacher researchers then publicly share their findings in the spring during the KEEP Symposium of Excellent Teaching.

KEEP Co-directors:
Dr. Elizabeth “Lisa” Testa,
Dr. Mandy Cenker,