The symposium –- scheduled for Sunday, November 14, and Monday, November 15, at the Charleston Marriott –- will target teacher preparation as a key element in the state's overall strategy to improve the quality of student performance. The West Virginia Department of Education and the State College and University Systems of West Virginia recently were awarded a three-year $2.28 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education to develop a teacher quality enhancement program. WV: IMPACT (Implementing Model Practices to Assure Competent Teachers) is the name of the collaborative project between public and higher education.
"This grant award will assist us in strengthening the teacher education programs in West Virginia and in increasing content knowledge and skills for educators," said State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie. "This should dramatically impact teachers who are new to the profession as well as our valued teaching force."
Approximately 300 public school teachers, higher education faculty and staff members from both the West Virginia Department of Education and the State College and University Systems are invited to attend the two-day conference.