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West Virginia Ed Leaders Launch a Call to Action

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December 10, 2014

Citizens Being Challenged to Get Involved and Ask Questions

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano today sent out a call to action. The call to action encourages citizens to join together to get involved, be informed and support West Virginia's education reform efforts that are designed to improve student achievement. The challenge followed a presentation to the board during its monthly meeting in Charleston.

Martirano shared details with the board on the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives, the SMARTER Balanced Assessment, the West Virginia Teacher Evaluation System and the A-F Public School Grading System.

"It is vital that accurate information is being shared on these progressive education programs which are part of the One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Vision Plan," added Martirano. "The presentation allowed us to connect the dots and highlight how each program is improving student achievement. We are so impressed by the level of support shown today through the attendance of state leaders, educators and the business community."

Groups like the West Virginia Parent Teacher Association (WV PTA), Vision Shared, the West Virginia Manufactures Association, the West Virginia Governor's Office and Department of Education and the Arts, the Education Alliance, county superintendents, teacher organizations and many others were in attendance.

West Virginia 2015 Teacher of the Year Gail Adams shared her perspective on how the Next Generation Standards are working in her classroom.

"I stand here before you today speaking about my own experiences in my classroom; however, in my role as the Teacher of the Year, I have interacted with teachers who feel the same about their experiences with the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives. The depth of the content gives our students opportunities to explore why things function as they do, rather than just being taught an algorithm," said Adams. "The rigorous classroom experiences produced by our Next Generation Standards are preparing West Virginia students for high school graduation and for college and career. Our students are the future and they will be prepared."

Other presenters included Juanita "Spunky" Spinks, a teacher in Greenbrier County; Justin Raber, Executive Director of the WVPTA; Dale Lee from the West Virginia Education Association and Christine Campbell from the WV American Federation of Teachers; and county superintendents.

"We are not working in silos and that is evident by the collaborative presentation made today," said Martirano. "I am confident that we are moving in the right direction for students and plan to stay the course."

To have your voice heard as part of the call to action tweet us @wveducation and use the hashtag #wvcalltoaction.

For more information visit http://wvde.state.wv.us or contact Liza Cordeiro at the West Virginia Department of Education at 304-558-2699.

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