Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

Brilliant

I responded to Brilliant: Carrie -  Thanks for this!  I've completely cut off my cell phone now, and honestly, it's...

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to What to do about dropouts? : We received a number of questions from the Dropout Dilemma forum last night that Mike McIntyre...

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to What to do about dropouts? : If there was one thing you could say to a student considering dropping out, what would it be?

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Enhancement Ministries, Inc. (EMI): So kids get temporarily thrown out of school, and they decide that they will just stay out?   ...

Enhancement Ministries, Inc. (EMI)

Our organization works in partnership with Cuyahoga Juvenile Justice and provide an intervention program to support students serving out of school suspensions. We have supported 150+ students in grades 8-12 this school... Continue reading

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Andrew Samtoy: Wow, Matthew.  Thanks for this response.   What happened after you dropped out, if you don't...

Andrew Samtoy

What are the common causes of kids dropping out?  

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Donnella Monk: Donnella -  How did that make you feel about your school?  Was it an official response or just...

Donnella Monk

Plus, another thing to bring to the communities attention is bullying. Bullying is another big cause to the dropout dilemma because it makes us teens feel very uncomfortable with school. Freshman year I was bullied and I... Continue reading

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to What to do about dropouts? : What are the common causes of kids dropping out?  

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Andrew Samtoy: Interesting points, Matthew!   I think that what we have are a variety of ways to connect with...

Andrew Samtoy

What is ONE THING that you think schools could do differently to reduce the number of dropouts? 

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Russell Lammermeier: Russell - you made me think of the documentary that kicked off this discussion   ...

Russell Lammermeier

I believe forums such as this are vital to bring the issue to the forefront.  As a teacher I know that a one- to- one connection with a teacher in the building is very effective in keeping students in school.  When a... Continue reading

What to do about dropouts?

I responded to Donnella Monk: Today's question focuses on other students; is there anything you feel you can do to help keep...

Donnella Monk

In response to both Andrew and Anthony I believe that Cleveland is a big cause to the drop out rate, but us students can not motivate ourselves into achieveing high goals. A student must be pushed to even want to establish... Continue reading