Reading Research Symposium to Focus on 21st Century Classroom

March 07, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ About 1,000 educators will learn how to bridge the centuries through reading research during the Seventh Annual Reading Research Symposium at the Charleston Civic Center. The event, “21st Century Reading Research in the Classroom,” begins Sunday, March 9 and ends Tuesday, March 11.


“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.”  

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.  

The three-day event will feature several national reading experts, including Carol Tolman, a national reading consultant; Jerry Johns, a professor at Northern Illinois University; Patricia Mathes, Texas Instruments chair of reading at Southern Methodist University; and others.

“The Reading Research Symposium is an exciting way for West Virginia teachers to learn new, research-back techniques for teaching reading from national experts,” said Nancy Cook, Reading First coordinator for the 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.”  

The West Virginia Department of Education launched the Reading Symposium in 2002 to provide intensive reading professional development to K-3 principals and teachers. Participation has grown from 350 the first year to 1,000 this year with a waiting list of more than 200.

For more information, contact Nancy Cook at (304) 957-9833, extension 53266, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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