2017 West Virginia Education Summit: AgendaProgramPPT, Summary    

Event Details:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Embassy Suites Charleston
300 Court St, Charleston, WV 25301


The 5th Annual West Virginia Education Summit was held on November 1, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Charleston. The annual Education Summit is hosted by The Education Alliance and serves as a venue for discussion with business, legislative, education, and community leaders. Participants have the unique opportunity to hear from both state and national education experts and to engage in innovative dialogue on how we can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia.


Career Readiness Panel

This panel featured Chris Beam from Appalacian Power, Ryan Moore from Procter & Gamble, Matt Oliver from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and Diana Sole Walko from MotionMasters. During the panel, they discussed how pathways to employment are shifting in West Virgnia and how this will transform the intersection of educantion and hiring. Dr. Sarah Tucker from the West Virginia Community & Technical College System moderated this panel.

Exemplary Partnership for Career Readiness Award

Berkeley County Schools was recognized for its dynamic business partnership that have contionually made demonstrable gains in personalizing career pathways for students.

Keynote Presentation

iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) is an international nonprofit transforming education to a student-centered learning. Susan Patrick, President/CEO of iNACOL provided a national perspective on the systemic changes occurring in the move toward personalized learning. During her keynote, Ms. Patrick shared how school systems can use Personal Learning Paths, Competency-Based Progressions, and Flexible Learning Environments to prepare students for career and life readiness in the digital age.

To learn more about Patrick, click here.

Student Expo

The Education Summit featured a luntime Student Expo to showcase exemplary partnerships between West Virginia schools and businesses. Students from Kanawha, Marshall, Monongalia, Nicholas, and Wood Counties were on hand to showcase their schools'  innovative business partnerships.

School Perspective on Personalized Learning


Linda Lavender and Marie Watson, educators from South Carolina, provided a concrete example of school and district implementation of personalized learning. They discussed the policies and practices they have embraced to change the learning landscape in their school system. This session was moderated by MaryLu Hutchins. 

Conversation with State Leaders


West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher and West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine discussed the vision for enhancing career readiness for all West Virginia students through a personalized learning approach. Brad McElhinny from WV MetroNews moderated this session.


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