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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Asks Students What They Want in Their Classrooms

January 16, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine today kicked off a statewide student forum series. Paine visited with students across the Kanawha Valley to find out what they need to be successful in the 21st century.

“We heard from students in their own words about what is working in our schools and what we can improve,” said Paine. “Students were candid and insightful, and I look forward to our next three forums.”
Paine will be traveling to Morgantown, Beckley and Martinsburg during the next two weeks to meet with students. As the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) continues to implement its 21st Century Learning initiative, Paine recognized the need to further involve students in the comprehensive upgrade to West Virginia’s educational system.
West Virginia has worked to add rigor to its educational system.  21st century learning is the evolution of education resulting in a deeper understanding of core curriculum.  It integrates problem solving, communication, critical thinking and technology skills into what is already taught in the classroom so that students can thrive in a global diverse marketplace and lead a personally satisfying and productive life.
“Students must be able to comprehend, problem solve and communicate solutions if they are expected to compete globally,” Paine said. “Our 21st Century Learning initiative provides a system-wide approach that will provide our graduates with the intellectual capital to compete in an interconnected world.”
The department will use the feedback from the student forums to fine-tune the 21st Century Learning initiative. In an effort to reach all West Virginia students, an online student survey will be launched following the site visits. 
For more information about the student forums or the 21st Century Learning initiative, contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558- 2699.

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