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West Virginia State Superintendent Recognized for Shaping the Future of K-12 Education

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October 14, 2015

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano was recently recognized as one of the 50 thought leaders and change makers shaping the future of K-12 education. GettingSmart.com acknowledged people and organizations who are making a difference across the country with their third annual “Smart List” which recognizes innovative work.

Martirano was recognized as one of the “Chiefs Making a Difference,” joined by state superintendents from Nevada, Washington D.C., New Mexico, Louisiana, Utah, Delaware, New Hampshire, Idaho and Illinois.

“I am honored to receive this recognition, and I think it is evidence of the forward-thinking work being done in West Virginia on behalf of our young people,” Martirano said. “This recognition is a reflection of the commitment by our Department and our Board to taking student achievement to a much higher level by increasing opportunities, increasing rigor and ensuring all students graduate with the skills needed for the 21st century world of work.”

Martirano has worked closely with the West Virginia Board of Education, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, elected officials, community and business leaders, educational leaders, parents and most importantly, teachers and students to build confidence in the direction of the state’s public education.

Since being named the 30th State Superintendent of Schools for West Virginia, Martirano has visited schools in nearly all 55 counties as part of his “One Voice” listening and learning tour. In addition, he initiated a community evaluation of the K-12 academic standards, giving the community an opportunity for feedback on the West Virginia Next Generation Standards. Martirano also outlined a robust vision plan centered on the core value that "all children can and will learn." Most recently, Martirano led the development of a statewide strategic plan which outlines goals and objectives throughout the next five years.

Getting Smart is a community for news, stories and leadership on innovations in learning and teaching. Known for its thought leading perspectives on K-12, Higher Education and lifelong learning, its focus is on excellence and equity in education. The complete “Smart List” can be found by visiting: http://gettingsmart.com/2015/10/smart-list-50-people-shaping-the-future-of-k-12-education/

For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.

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