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No Child Left Behind Highlighted at First Conference of Instructional Leaders

May 06, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Educators from all levels of instruction are gathering in Charleston for the first Conference for Instructional Leaders. The conference is taking place at the Charleston Civic Center throughout the days of May 7 and May 8. It is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, in partnership with Putnam and Clay County Schools, the West Virginia Association of School Administrators and the West Virginia School Board Association.  

No Child Left Behind will be the focus of the conference. The federal education reform act is completing its first school year. This conference will provide educators some insight of what to expect in the future.  

“Public education is undergoing sweeping changes with the implementation of No Child Left Behind,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “This conference will outline for principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, curriculum directors, board members and superintendents how to handle the new requirements.”  

This two-day professional development event will feature nationally known speakers, including Dr. Larry Lezotte, who has written widely on school improvement and effective schools, and Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year. Other speakers include Dr. John O’Connell, who has worked with effective school implementation, and Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, who has taught all levels of education in West Virginia, Pittsburgh and the southeastern United States.  

The program will highlight many issues concerning education today. Roundtable discussions on No Child Left Behind and sessions with nationally acclaimed researchers and presenters are on the agenda. Participants also will have the opportunity to gain insight into leadership issues surrounding NCLB implementation and join in exemplar sessions from successful schools.  

For more information regarding the Conference for Instructional Leaders, please contact Karen Larry, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, at (304) 558-2118.

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