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Reading has Teachers Hitting the Books

March 12, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than 800 educators are enhancing their reading skills at the fifth annual Reading Research Symposium. The symposium is being held March 12-14, 2006 at the Charleston Civic Center and is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). Research: The Key to Effective Instruction is this year’s conference theme.  

“The Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for West Virginia teachers to continue fine-tuning their skills as educators,” said Beverly Kingery, WVDE coordinator for the Reading and Language Arts. “It is evident that hundreds of West Virginia teachers recognize the important of reading research. Participants will learn more about the use of reading content and strategies that are supported by a convergence of research evidence.”  

The three-day symposium includes presentations from several national reading experts*. State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine and First Lady Gayle Manchin will also be on-hand at the event. Other highlights include a book swap and education marketplace which is sponsored by the West Virginia Reading Association.  

West Virginia reading teachers are nationally recognized for their commitment to reading. For the fourth consecutive year, West Virginia has received the Five Star Policy Award given by the International Reading Association. The Five Star Policy Award is given to states that have demonstrated that they guarantee quality education and student achievement by implementing excellent reading policies, programs and initiatives.  

For more information regarding the Reading Research Symposium, please contact Beverly Kingery at (304)-558-7805.

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