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State Superintendent Reaches Out to Students

June 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Superintendent of Schools is collaborating with public school students in an effort to better engage West Virginia youth in the learning process.

Students with various backgrounds and academic goals will share their views on the state’s education system during a three-day meeting with county superintendents June 25-27 at the Charleston Marriott. The annual Superintendent’s Summer Institute, “Serving Our Children Well: Focusing on the Person in Personalized Learning,” will include college-bound students, career technical education students, at-risk students, rural students, urban students and others. The small group session will include interviews of high students to examine perspectives on assets and obstacles for personalized learning.

“Research tells us when we give students a voice, they are more interested in school and more likely to learn,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Fostering student engagement is one of the most powerful tools schools have to increase achievement and personalize learning.”

Personalized learning is defined as a means of “creating an inspiring learning environment that places student learning and well-being at its core; ensuring that each student acquires the knowledge, skills and dispositions for college, career and citizenship success; and recognizing, developing and elevating the individual talents and aspirations of all students.”

“One of the best ways we can empower youth in West Virginia schools is to provide a broad curriculum so that our children want to come to school to discover what they are good at, not be discouraged because the limited curriculum only tells them what they can’t do well,” Marple said. “When we “Empowering youth to express their opinions and influence their educational experiences helps them have a stake in their academic outcome.”

For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

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