Event Details:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Embassy Suites Charleston
300 Court St, Charleston, WV 25301

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2018 West Virginia Education Summit

On October 17, nearly 200 business, community and education leaders gathered in Charleston for the West Virginia Education Summit to discuss how student-centered learning can improve student achievement. This year’s Summit, hosted by The Education Alliance, focused on student-centered innovation and shifts in policy and practice to ensure all West Virginia students succeed.

“Placing students at the center of their educational experience fosters deeper learning that better prepares students for their future. Student-centered practices help teachers connect meaningfully with their students and truly customize the learning experience,” said Dr. Amelia Courts, President and CEO of The Education Alliance. “The 2018 Summit featured nationally-known speakers along with some excellent examples of local innovation right here in the Mountain State.”

The highlight of the event was the keynote provided by Tom Rooney, Superintendent of the Lindsay Unified School District, who shared lessons learned and evidence-based strategies to prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for future success.

“I was pleased to participate in this year’s Education Summit to share Lindsay Unified’s story with West Virginia,” said Tom Rooney. “Lindsay Unified is a rural and economically disadvantaged school district that shares many of the same challenges and opportunities that are seen in West Virginia. Our district has transformed from only 12% of students graduating from college in 2011 to 57% in 2017. I was pleased to share some the strategies that we have seen have a positive impact in our district over the past few years.”

The Summit began with a panel of West Virginia educators that explored innovative classroom practices and opportunities for partners to support personalized learning. Over lunch, participants had the opportunity to network during a Student Expo showcasing state exemplars of student-centered learning in West Virginia schools. In the afternoon, participants heard from state leaders regarding the vision for policies and practices that enable student-centered innovation. The Summit concluded with strategy sessions for educators and partners led by representatives from the Lindsay Unified District.

“As we think about the tremendous opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for our state's economy, it is critical that we support innovative approaches to education,” said Brett Staples, Chairman of The Education Alliance Board of Directors. “Through gatherings like the Summit, we can learn from one another and work together to develop new strategies and models of learning that will provide our students with the very best.”

For more information, contact Gretchen Frankenberry at 304-342-7851 or gretchen@educationalliance.org


Media Coverage

The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Oct. 6: Bulletin Board: Oct. 6, 2018

WV News, Oct. 15: Rural California district successes to be featured at W.Va. Education Summit

WV Metro News, Oct. 16: Annual West Virginia Education Summit kicks off Wednesday in Charleston

Channel 13: WOWK TV, Oct. 17: WV Education Alliance Focuses on Students

The Register-Herald, Oct. 17: Obstacles, opportunities for learning

The Exponent Telegram, Oct. 19: Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy honored for student-centered support at 2018 W.Va. Education Summit

The Preston County News & Journal, Oct. 20: Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy honored at 2018 W.Va. Education Summit

The Inter-Mountain, Oct. 31: Supporting student-centered learning



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