Annual Technical and Adult Education Conference Slated for July 24-26

July 18, 2002

The 27th Annual Technical and Adult Education Conference is scheduled for July 24-26 at the Charleston Civic Center. Conference sessions during this year’s three-day professional development event will focus on assisting teachers and administrators in the delivery of career and technical education programs that result in students making successful transitions to further education and the world of work.  

Technical, adult and workplace-related programs will be provided to teachers, administrators, state and local board of education members, and Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) personnel. Not only will conference attendees learn the latest in technical and adult education, but they also may receive one-hour credit from the Marshall University Graduate College.  

“With this year’s theme of Modeling Excellence, we want to raise student achievement through quality programs,” said Assistant State Superintendent Stan Hopkins. “Each programmatic strand will dedicate sessions toward building greater education programs.”  

The event will highlight the leadership that technical and adult education provides in establishing high expectations for both students and educators. Conference presentations include such timely topics as information technology, classroom management techniques, student credentials, and workforce development, parental involvement, among others.  

As part of the event, State Schools Superintendent Dr. David Stewart will open the conference with his annual State of the Schools address. Participants will learn the progress schools are making in all areas of education, including technical and adult education.  

In addition to the State of the Schools Address, the conference will include the presentation of technology awards by former-Governor Gaston Caperton and the Annual Leader of Learning Award, which will be presented to Steve Baldwin, Superintendent of Greenbrier County Schools. Participants also will listen to guest speaker Harvey Alston, former educator and businessman, who will speak on careers in technical education.  

For further information regarding the conference, please contact the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Technical and Adult Education, at (304) 558-2346.

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