School System Leadership Conference To Highlight School Improvement

Posted: June 27, 2005
Charleston, W.Va. - With the summer break in full swing, West Virginia educators are using their time to brush up their skills with professional development. Teachers and administrators from all over West Virginia will meet in Charleston for the fifth and final School System Leadership Team Conference from Tuesday, June 28 through June 30 at the Charleston Civic Center.  

Teachers, principals and superintendents will convene in teams to discuss various topics and exchange ideas. They will gather to discuss their progress and their challenges in implementing the Framework for High Performing Schools as well as review the descriptions of high-yield strategies.  

“These conferences over the past year have strengthened our school systems and now they are all equipped with the right tools to send them down the path to success,” said Lydia McCue, executive assistant to the State Superintendent. "Everyone involved has dedicated many hours learning about processes that will enable their counties, schools and students to succeed academically.”  

Throughout the three-day event, educators will have the opportunity to attend several keynote addresses. Dr. Salome Thomas-El, principal at John f. Reynolds Elementary School in North Philadelphia, Pa. will kick off the first day with his address Tuesday morning and author and lecturer Dr. Terrence Deal will close the day when he speaks about creating a leadership spirit. Day two will have Dr. Tom Guskey, a professor of education at the University of Kentucky, speaking about the importance of professional development. The final day will have Dr. Steve Edwards, principal at East Harford High School, in East Hartford, Conn. will speak on his approach to improving high school effectiveness.  

The conference will wind down with an address by Jeanette Walls, author of The Glass Castle. Walls, a columnist with MSNBC.com recounts her life and struggles to rise out of poverty to become a successful journalist in the top-selling autobiography. Walls will deliver her at address on Thursday, June 30 at 1 p.m.  

Complete Agenda http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2005/SSL.doc  

For more information about the conference, contact Lydia McCue, executive assistant to the State Superintendent, at (304) 558-3199.

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