W.Va. Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple Takes on International Role

October 23, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has been selected to participate in the Global Education Leaders Program. Based in London, the program’s goal is to develop in-depth, sustainable transformation practices beyond the simple exchange of ideas.

 “I’m honored to have been chosen to participate in an organization whose members share the same goals as we have for our children here in West Virginia,” Marple said. “Living in this complex world where we have to think about our neighbor being that person who lives in China rather than Ohio, we have to be able to think about education in a different way for our children to function in today’s world.” 

Marple took over as West Virginia's 27th state superintendent of schools on March 1, 2011. As superintendent, she oversees West Virginia's public school system, which includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Marple, who has a doctorate in education administration from West Virginia University, has more than 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, university instructor, principal, assistant county superintendent, county superintendent, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Fairmont State and a master of arts in reading from WVU. She also is a published author on effective school leadership. Marple has experience in West Virginia schools in Marion, Monongalia, Greenbrier and Kanawha counties.

Her responsibilities have included working to create the state's 21st century learning program, "Global 21: Students deserve it. The world demands it." The plan, which has garnered West Virginia national and international attention, includes increased rigor and relevance and incorporated real-world learning and performance skills, such as problem solving and creative thinking, into state standards.

Nationally, Marple served as a leader within the National Urban and Suburban School Association. She was invited to participate in both the Columbia and Harvard universities' superintendent academies. She has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Council of Chief State School Officers, other state departments of education, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, the National Association of Test Directors, the National Association of Special Education Teachers and the National Staff Development Council. She also has been honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement.

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