Reading Research Symposium to Focus on 21st Century Skills

March 07, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ About 800 educators will learn how to incorporate 21st century skills into their reading lessons during the Sixth Annual Reading Research Symposium at the Charleston Civic Center. The event, “21st Century Reading Research in the Classroom,” begins Sunday, March 11 and ends Tuesday, March 13.  

“Successful reading provides the necessary tool to use and share information in a technological world,” said Beverly Kingery, reading and language arts coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education. “The large number of participants sends a clear message of the dedication and interest West Virginia teachers have regarding reading in the 21st century.”  

Throughout the symposium, kindergarten through third grade teachers will learn about research, tools and strategies that they can use to help students develop reading skills necessary for success in the 21st century digital world.  

“West Virginia students have improved their reading skills in recent years and the Reading Research Symposium is a huge factor,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Educators are learning valuable techniques that they can take back to their classrooms and help students read better.”  

The three-day event will feature several national reading experts, including Roland Good, Steven Feifer, Jerry Johns, Timothy Rasinski. State leaders, including Superintendent Paine, First Lady Gayle Manchin, State Board President Lowell Johnson and Chancellor Brian Noland also are scheduled to participate.  

For more information, contact Beverly Kingery at (304)-558-7805.

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