Teachers to Learn Reading Strategies at Upcoming Seminar

July 20, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia educators will learn techniques for helping young children master reading in the 21st century during one of two upcoming Reading First seminars.
National experts Anita Archer and Janet Allen will share vocabulary and comprehension strategies with West Virginia elementary and middle school teachers on Aug. 6 at Lakeview in Morgantown and on Aug. 7 at the Beckley Conference Center. Both events are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“Reading is the single most important skill that children need to be successful in school and in life," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "These seminars will help our teachers keep abreast of the latest strategies for helping those children who are the most vulnerable and in need of the most help in learning this important skill.”  
Reading First is a federal initiative designed to get all children reading by the end of third grade. The $6 billion program, created in 2002 as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, offers intensive reading help for low-income children in the early grades.  
The program requires states to set up competitive grant programs for low-performing, high-poverty schools that require them to use scientifically based instructional techniques and assessments that are valid, reliable and administered in a timely manner. Schools selected as Reading First schools undergo massive professional development, which in turn aids student achievement.  
U.S. Department of Education officials announced on July 21, 2003, that West Virginia would receive nearly $44 million over six years to administer the Reading First program in the Mountain State. Funds have been granted to 25 counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Hampshire, Hardy, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Preston, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel and Wirt.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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