CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine has been elected to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors for 2007-2008. His election by the group’s membership was announced at the organization’s annual policy forum and business meeting earlier this month.
In being elected to the nine-member board, Paine joins other chief state school officers from Arkansas, Georgia, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
“Our outstanding new leadership will guide the organization over the next year, as we tackle new challenges and strive to prepare every child for life in the 21st century," said Gene Wilhoit, executive director of CCSSO. “This organization continues to prosper because of the outstanding leadership of our board.”
Paine, a former teacher, principal, curriculum director, county superintendent and deputy state superintendent, has served as West Virginia's 25th state superintendent of schools since July 1, 2005. Under his leadership, West Virginia has been nationally recognized for its 21st Century Learning Skills initiative, pre-k programs, school technology implementation, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts.
He helped West Virginia become the second state in the nation to sign the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and now other states are looking to West Virginia and Paine for guidance. He was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate about his vision for 21st century education.
“I’m honored to be elected to the CCSSO board,” Paine said. “West Virginia’s 21st Century Learning initiative will provide our graduates with the intellectual capital to compete in an interconnected world. My hope is that the forward-thinking changes we are making in West Virginia will serve as a model for the rest of the country.”
West Virginia's 21st Century Learning initiative not only focuses on core academic courses, it also emphasizes global awareness, financial, economic and business literacy, information and communications technology literacy, critical thinking and communication skills, among others.
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues. The council seeks members’ consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress and the public.
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