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Middle Level Education Looks to the Future

December 20, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Middle level teachers are preparing for No Child Left Behind, a sweeping federal education reform act that was signed into law last January. A group of teachers, administrators and representatives from higher education from across West Virginia gathered in Charleston to discuss the direction that middle level education will take in the future. The cadre established three goals it hopes to achieve. It hopes to establish a vision that focuses on curriculum, best instructional practices and leadership. It further wants to develop and deliver a comprehensive professional development program that will provide support to middle grades schools. Establishing a network of communication for middle grades schools across West Virginia is also a goal. The group plans to meet again on February 26-March 1, in Charleston. Members will participate a series of five Powerful Practices in Middle Level Education Workshops, Master Schedule Design for Middle Level Schools Workshop and the West Virginia Association for Middle Level Education State Conference. For more information about the cadre, contact Carla Williamson, Coordinator with the Office of Middle Childhood Education at 304-558-3075, or by email at cljwilli@access.k12.wv.us.

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