The WVBOE participated in a retreat in Martinsburg, West Virginia from June 4 – 6, 2006. The retreat was developed in an effort to allow the Board to gather information on current educational topics and to encourage discussion on those topics.
NASBE Chief Executive Officer Brenda Welburn addressed the Board regarding policy development and analysis. NASBE gives voice and value to the nation's State Boards of Education. NASBE works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, and assure continued citizen support for public education.
“The Board is always working at mega-speed as it sets policy and guidelines for our state schools,” said Board President Lowell Johnson. “This retreat was a rare opportunity for Board members to take a moment to review the vision and mission for education in our state.”
Barbara Stein from the National Education Association also addressed the Board regarding the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In November 2005, West Virginia became the second state in the nation to join the Partnership. Stein told Board members that “all eyes are on West Virginia” as it integrates 21st century skills such as technology literacy and global awareness into its curriculum.
Other guest speakers included former Governor Bob Wise who now represents the Alliance for Excellent Education; Lydotta Taylor, CEO of the EdVenture Group; and, First Lady Gayle Machin.
“As a board of education, our number one commitment is to the students of West Virginia. That is why it is so important that our membership keeps current on education initiatives, state and federal education law, and 21st century learning projects,” added Johnson.