W.Va. Board of Education Member Takes on National Role

October 03, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education member Lowell Johnson has been appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s State Partnership Board.

The council is a coalition of 33 member organizations of teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policymakers, who serve as the education profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.

The partnership board is responsible for developing standards and procedures for state/NCATE partnership agreements, which save states time and expense by eliminating duplication of effort and paperwork in state approval and accreditation reviews of teacher education institutions.  The board also is responsible for reviewing and approving applications from states wishing to enter into a partnership. The board membership includes no more than 15 members -- two each represent teacher education, teachers, and professional specialty groups, and seven represent state and local policymakers.

“I am honored to represent West Virginia, the state board and the teaching profession,” Johnson said. “Members of this group share a common interest of doing what’s in the best interest for children.” 

Johnson, a lifelong West Virginian who currently lives in Lewisburg, is past president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and is a current member of the NASBE Board of Directors. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Education Association, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Education Commission of the States. He also served on the Governor’s 21st Century Jobs Council, the Governor’s Commission on Technology, the West Virginia International Education Commission and the Advisory Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Fair.

Johnson was appointed to the state Board of Education in January 2004 by former Gov. Bob Wise and completed his second term as state board president in 2007. He previously served as the assistant secretary for ports for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

He has an extensive history with education in West Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Concord College, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from West Virginia University, as well as a doctoral degree in reading and psychology from WVU.

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