Applications Available for Reading Research Symposium

December 30, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Elementary and middle school educators who participate in literacy instruction are invited to apply to attend the Reading Research Symposium 2009 to learn how to use the latest research in their classrooms.


The professional development opportunity is scheduled for March 8-10 at the Charleston Civic Center. About 1,100 teachers and administrators will be accepted to participate. The program will include presentations about the latest vocabulary and comprehension research. Five national speakers, who will be announced at a later date, will address attendees. West Virginia educators will serve as facilitators of work group sessions to guide hands-on activities outlined by the national presenters.


“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 West Virginia Department of Education launched the Reading Symposium in 2002 to provide intensive reading professional development to elementary principals and teachers. Participation has grown from 350 the first year to 1,100 this year.


Registration for the 2009 symposium opens Jan. 5 and will continue until all slots are filled. To register, click on this link:


For more information, contact Allen Sexton, Reading First coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-2696, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.


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