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One Voice, One Focus Video Series Launched in West Virginia

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December 02, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano today launched a new video series to feature his entry and vision plan titled One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving - Creating a World-class Educational System for the State of West Virginia.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to interview education leaders from across the state," said Martirano. "The video series is another way we are trying to communicate with educators, parents, students, law makers and others about the good things that are going on in our state."

The video series will be placed on the WVDE YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/wveducation and the One Voice, One Focus website http://wvde.state.wv.us/one-voice/.

"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," added Martirano. "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."

"All children can and will learn" is the core value behind the entry and vision plan which includes six distinct goals and ten priorities. The plan includes 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.

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

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