CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine has been awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2008 and inducted into West Virginia University’s College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame. Paine, who has served as West Virginia's 25th state superintendent of schools since 2005, was one of six inductees to be admitted to the Hall of Fame on Friday.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized for working to improve education in West Virginia,” Paine said. “The globalization phenomenon of the 21st century has changed how West Virginia and other states must think about educating their children and we are doing just that in West Virginia.”
Under Paine’s leadership, West Virginia has been recognized for its 21st Century Learning initiative, pre-K programs, school technology implementation, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts. West Virginia's 21st Century Learning initiative not only focuses on core academic courses, it also emphasizes higher level thinking skills, technology, global awareness, and business, economic and civic literacy.
“Dr. Paine is a visionary leader who has been responsible for initiating significant changes in West Virginia public schools, most especially related to the implementation of the 21st Century Learning framework,” said Anne Nardi, dean of WVU’s College of Human Resources and Education.
“He is known nationally and internationally for his commitment to preparing students for the world before them and for facilitating the professional development of West Virginia teachers and administrators to support this goal. His efforts have recently received national recognition by Education Week for excellence in technology in West Virginia schools. It is our honor to welcome Dr. Paine into the College of Human Resources and Education’s Hall of Fame.”
Others inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts; Kevin Elko, a sports psychologist, motivational speaker and author; Cleaster Jones Jackson, superintendent and principal of World of Wonder Charter School in Dayton, Ohio; Beverly Kingery, superintendent of Nicholas County Schools; and Gwen Rosenbluth, a retired Monongalia County teacher, who was renowned for her work in Advanced Placement English.
The inductees were nominated for the honor last fall and then selected by a committee. To be eligible for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, nominees must have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession on the state, national and international levels.
“Dr. Paine is quietly leading a revolution in transforming West Virginia schools,” West Virginia Board of Education member Lowell Johnson said in a letter supporting Paine’s nomination. “Knowing the necessity for rigor and relevancy in today’s school curriculum, Dr. Paine’s goal is to make every student a 21st century learner. He believes every student must be able to compete in a global economy and it is the responsibility of the school system to adequately prepare students for this task.”
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