Academy Prepares Teachers to Help Every Child Learn to Read

November 15, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—West Virginia teachers will take reading to the next level during the 2002 Reading Academy. More than 150 teachers from across the Mountain State are expected to participate in the Reading Academy on November 15 –16 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. The Reading Academy is a shining example of programs already in place that support the No Child Left Behind Act.  

The academy will instruct educators how to help every child learn to read by utilizing new measures and techniques, materials and strategies during the two-day professional development event.  

“The Reading Academy is such an exciting way to learn new ideas and techniques on how to teach a child to read,” said Beverly Kingery, Reading Language Arts Coordinator for the Office of Instructional Services. “When participants return to their schools, they have a renewed energy for reading.”  

The West Virginia Department of Education launched the Reading Academy in 1999 and has served 100 schools and more than 500 teachers. Each year, the Academy begins with a five-day intensive professional development event and continues with two days of follow-up sessions in the fall and spring. The Academy provides information and plans for teachers so no child will be left behind in reading.  

“The academy provides teachers with the necessary tools to close the gap for students who are experiencing difficulty reading,” said State School Superintendent David Stewart. “West Virginia has made progress in reading achievement over the past five years but there is still more to be accomplished.”  

For more information regarding the Reading Academy, please contact Beverly Kingery, Coordinator, Reading/English Language Arts, Office of Instructional Services at 304-558-7805.  

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