CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine has been named president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). He was elected to the nine-member Board of Directors in 2007 and re-elected 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 skills program, Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it. The state also has been recognized for outstanding pre-k programs, school technology implementation, reading initiatives and teacher quality efforts.
“I’m honored to serve as president-elect of an organization like CCSSO,” Paine said. “We are doing the right thing for students in West Virginia by helping them excel both in their core classes and in real-world settings. My hope is that others can learn from the innovative changes we are making in West Virginia to help children succeed in a global economy.”
Paine 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.
West Virginia's Global21 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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