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State Superintendent of Schools Releases Entry and Vision Plan

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October 08, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. - "All children can and will learn" is the core value behind the recently released West Virginia superintendent of schools entry and vision plan. The plan titled One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving - Creating a World-class Educational System for the State of West Virginia includes six distinct goals and ten priorities.

"This entry plan is designed to guide my actions as I begin the work of serving as the 30th West Virginia Superintendent of Schools," said Michael Martirano. "I am committed to taking student achievement to a much higher level by increasing opportunities, increasing rigor and, with a one voice focus, providing a fierce level of urgency 'of now' for the educational priorities for all of our young people."

Priorities include creating a robust listening and learning communication opportunity; establishing an organizational structure for the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE); ensuring that resources are aligned to the vision plan's goals and priorities; convening a key advisory group of educational leaders; ensuring that teaching and learning is designed and aligned to produce more high school graduates; and, delineating a clear and focused set of 10 World-class Educational System Priorities.

The 10 World-class Educational System Priorities include opportunities such as closing achievement gaps among student groups and increasing graduation rates, developing extensive and meaningful parent and community relationships, and establishing safe learning environments.

The goals and priorities fall under one of the following key pillars:

  1. Improving teaching and learning;
  2. Improving safe and supportive school environments;
  3. Improving organizational effectiveness; and,
  4. Improving stakeholder engagement.

"I cannot do this work alone," Martirano added. "We must galvanize every citizen in West Virginia to eliminate academic failure for our youth. Please join me in this challenge and assist in whatever way that you can as we implement our bold and robust agenda for educational transformation. I firmly believe that our best days are yet to come as we advance and implement our One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving vision plan."

To review the detailed vision plan, please visit http://wvde.us/vision.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.

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