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Principals to Attend W.Va. Institute for 21st Century Leadership

July 12, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Seventy-five principals from across West Virginia have been chosen to participate in the inaugural West Virginia Institute for 21st Century Leadership.  

The week-long institute, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, is scheduled for July 16-21, at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels. Additional sessions will follow Dec. 1-3 and March 24-26 next year. Principals also will participate throughout the year in online discussions with colleagues and mentors for elementary, middle and high schools.  

“We want to strengthen the solid foundation these top administrators have built to improve the way we educate students and support teachers in the 21st century,” said Lydia McCue, special assistant to state Superintendent Steve Paine. “The world is changing rapidly and we must prepare our leaders if they are to make a substantial impact on student learning.”  

Presenters include Roland Barth, who led the Principal’s Academy at Harvard University, and Karen Bruett, vice president of Dell, Inc.  

Each county school superintendent recommended up to five principals for the professional development program. The principals are considered among the best leaders in West Virginia’s public schools. They will receive materials, resources and technology tools that support being a 21st century leader. They also will improve their knowledge of 21st century tools so that they can then serve as leaders throughout the state and nation.  

The institute is designed to help principals transform their schools from the schoolhouse of yesteryear to the learning place of tomorrow.  

“Schools must change and incorporate 21st century learning if they are to move forward in today’s global society,” Paine said. “Without solid leadership even good schools can become stagnant. Principals provide the key to change.”  

The pilot program will be replicated regionally in 2007, enabling the state Department of Education to reach nearly all principals, assistant principals and some prospective principals in a three- to five-year cycle.  

Attendance at the institute fulfills the 45 hour professional development requirement for principals through the Center for Professional Development. Participants also can earn graduate credit.  

For details on participating principals, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.  

You can download biographical information for the principals here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2006/bios.doc (This is a Word Document)

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