The goal of Akron Staff Development is to personalize teaching and learning. Our desire is to empower all staff to reach their maximum capacity. Akron is about creating a culture of success! One staff development program included a seminar with Dr. Harvey Silver who presented "The Thoughtful Teacher" to faculty. Teacher aides were given instruction on the use of Kurzweil and SOLO software used with special needs students and clerical staff were shown some tips in the use of MS Excel.