More than 500 teachers, school administrators and education experts are expected to attend the three-day conference on April 5 – 7, 2005 at the Charleston Civic Center. The attendees are part of County School Improvement Leadership Teams responsible for developing a Five-Year Strategic Plan. The conference theme is Student Support and Family Connections. County teams will focus on how school systems can “find the special gift in every child.”
“Schools are focusing a great deal on student academic achievement, but it is also important to nurture the personal and physical growth of our students,” said Lydia McCue, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent. “The Department wants county school systems to continue encouraging parental involvement and community engagement. The new accountability demands placed on schools makes it increasingly important to seek input and assistance from all those who have a stake in a student’s success.”
During the conference, featured guest Larry Bell, a consultant for Multi-Cultural America, Inc., is slated to present “Finding the Gift in Every Child”; Jean Blaydes Madigan, a consultant for Action Based Learning, is slated to present “Using Brain Growth Research to Enhance Student Learning”; and Rosita Lopez Marcano, a professor at Northern Illinois University, will present “Building Bridges/Creating Partners.”
The WVDE and county teams will be recognizing parent volunteers and community advocates that have made a difference in the lives of students during a special session on April 7, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. Also recognized throughout the conference will be ten students who have realized their special gifts through their own persistence and the help of their schools.
The West Virginia Framework for High Performing School Systems is an initiative developed by the WVDE and supported by the West Virginia Board of Education to achieve the state’s goal of bringing all children in the public school system to mastery and beyond and to close the achievement gap among the subgroups of students in the state’s schools. County School Improvement Leadership Teams are focusing on the elements that impact student achievement. These elements include curriculum (what is taught), instruction (how it is taught), school effectiveness (where it is taught), and student/parent support (to whom it is being taught).