Student Success Summit Attracts Hundreds to Explore Ways to Support Students at Every Level

August 05, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - From learning about flipped classrooms to hearing how national hero Jessica Lynch found the courage and inspiration to carry on and continue her education, the West Virginia Student Success Summit will offer a wide range of topics and professional development for hundreds of educators, administrators, community group members, military leaders and others who are attending the third annual event.

Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said the Summit brings together education professionals for an essential opportunity to share best practices for ensuring students' success seamlessly throughout their educational careers and beyond.

"This event attracts a wide variety of individuals, from college presidents to pre-school teachers to workforce leaders, who are totally focused on our students' long-term success," Chancellor Hill said. "As a result, we've seen new partnerships grow and flourish, and our K-12 and postsecondary systems are working closer together. Those partnerships are helping us build more connected and comprehensive educational experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds. This year's event is a chance to build on this exciting momentum."

The Student Success Summit, taking place at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown on Aug. 5 and 6, is a collaborative event focusing on creating more seamless, supportive, lifelong learning systems. This year's theme is Communicate. Collaborate. Celebrate.

"The Student Success Summit has grown tremendously in the past three years to offer insight into successful programs across the state that are keeping students engaged and ready to learn," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "You will find school principals, counselors and teachers at the event over the next two days but ultimately the real benefactors are students."

The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, with support from the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

"The Student Success Summit provides members of our education community with a unique opportunity to step outside their day-to-day experiences and gain insights from their colleagues working across the education continuum," said Secretary Kay Goodwin, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. "Bringing these individuals together to tackle education issues and learn from one another's successes inspires a spirit of innovation and collaboration across the state's education systems. That sort of cohesion and energy is essential as we work to build lifelong learning environments that will support sustained growth and development — not just for our students but for our economy and our communities."

"The future of West Virginia's workforce rests on our ability to effectively train and graduate students for employment in high-demand, high-wage careers," said Greg Morris, Vice Chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. "This summit provides the perfect venue to explore new ways to innovate, partner and execute strategies that promote student success."

Keynote presentations and conference sessions will focus on supporting students at every level and will help participants develop ways to work with other stakeholders. A full agenda can be found here:

For more information contact the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699 or the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission at 304-558-0655.

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