The event focused on instruction by saluting quality teaching and recognizing all county teachers of the year, the 2005 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Jason Hughes and the 2004 Milken Educators Rachel Hull and Karen Kersey.
County school leadership teams took part in practitioner sessions, which included both West Virginia practitioners and out-of-state practitioners providing valuable insight as to how they were implementing various practices of high performing school systems. Breakout sessions also allowed participants the opportunity to learn more about Standards-Based Mathematics, Classroom Culture, High Yield Strategies, Strategic Planning and Literacy Skills. The breakout sessions allowed them to share strategies used to enhance instructional effectiveness contributing to student successes.
“A culture is being constructed with West Virginia’s educators and they are identifying themselves with the theme, Learning For All, Whatever It Takes,” says State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Quality instruction is a key ingredient to high performing school systems.”
Other highlights of the three-day event included two key-note addresses from Dr. Jim Sweeney, of the Stupski Foundation, a non-profit operating foundation to help ensure all children in America have access to a high-quality public education, and Dr. John Brown, an adjunct professor of curriculum development at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and an educational consultant whose areas of expertise include Dimensions of Learning, Performance-Based Instruction and Assessment, Standards-Based Curriculum and Instruction, and Understanding by Design. Other speakers included First Lady Gayle Manchin and Erin Gruwell, a motivational speaker with the Erin Gruwell Educational Project.
For more information about the Framework for High Performing Schools contact Lydia McCue, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, at (304) 558-3199.