Principals to Attend Second Annual West Virginia Institute for 21st Century Leadership

July 13, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Nearly 200 principals from across West Virginia have been chosen to participate in the Second Annual West Virginia Institute for 21st Century Leadership.  

The first phase of the yearlong institute, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, is scheduled for July 15-20 and from July 22-27 at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels. It is part of West Virginia’s 21st Century Teaching and Learning initiative to systemically change how our children are taught from preschool to high school statewide.  

“This professional development opportunity will allow our principals to building upon the solid foundation they have built to improve the way we educate students and support teachers in the 21st century,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “The world is changing rapidly and we must prepare our leaders if they are to make a substantial impact on student learning.”  

The institute is designed to help principals transform their schools from the schoolhouse of yesteryear to the learning place of tomorrow.  

About 100 principals from Regional Education Service Agency areas I, III, V and VII will participate the first week. Those counties include Barbour, Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, McDowell, Pleasants, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.  

About 80 principals from RESA II, IV, VI and VIII will participate the second week. Those counties include Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Mineral, Mingo, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Wayne Webster and Wetzel.  

The initial sessions will be followed by three days of training in the fall and another three days in the spring. Participating principals also will stay in contact online with their fellow principals and mentors through e-mail and a Wiki, which will allow them to focus on the characteristics of high performing schools, leadership issues and continuous improvement.  

“Schools must change and incorporate 21st century learning if they are to move forward in today’s global society,” Paine said. “Without solid leadership even good schools can become stagnant. Principals provide the key to change.”  

Contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 for more information. A list of participants is posted on the link:

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