Wood Co. Teacher Chosen for Toyota Teacher Program

June 12, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Joyce Duvall, a teacher at Parkersburg High School, is one of 24 teachers from nearly 400 applicants nationwide to be chosen to attend the Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos Islands.  

Joshua Beatty, assistant director of the Institute of International Education, said the high quality of Duvall’s submission stood out.  

“With this award, we hope that Ms. Duvall will return with ideas on how to build and understanding of cultural and environmental conservation in both her community and school,” Beatty said.  

The fully funded program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., seeks to expand global perspectives of educators, their students and their communities. Over the past nine years, the Toyota International Teacher programs have hosted 501 teachers in Japan, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.  

“This is such a wonderful learning experience for any teacher and an honor to be chosen to participate,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “This is the type of global awareness that is essential to 21st century learning.”  

The West Virginia Board of Education and the state Department of Education have made global awareness a component of their 21st Century Learning initiative to prepare children for today's digital world.  

In 2005, West Virginia became the second state in the nation to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which marries business interests with classroom instruction. Since then, West Virginia has worked to add rigor to its educational system and incorporate 21st century skills, including learning and thinking skills; information and communications skills; technology skills; and work place productivity skills, including global awareness.  

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.  


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