CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine has been re-elected to a second term on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board of Directors. He was first elected to the nine-member board last year.
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 program, 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 in incorporating 21st learning into their curriculum. He was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate about his vision for 21st century education.
“I’m honored to be re-elected to the CCSSO board,” Paine said. “West Virginia’s 21st Century Learning program 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 program 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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