WVDE Begins Preparations for 2016 KidStrong Conference

April 12, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Monday, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) opened registration for the 2016 KidStrong Conference, the largest statewide conference for educator professional development.

The WVDE, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the West Virginia Immunization Network, WV After School Network and Marshall University have partnered together once again to provide educational supports and promote student health statewide. This year’s event is expected to be the largest yet, with more than 1,000 people expected to attend.

KidStrong 2016 will take place on June 21-23 at the Charleston Civic Center. The three-day conference will include speakers such as former Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis, Alliance for a Healthier Generation CEO Howell Wechsler, and Children’s Dental Health Project Communications Director Matt Jacob. Other speakers will be announced closer to the day of the event.

The conference is geared for teachers in WV public and institutional schools, school administrators, school nurses, school-based health center staff and other health professionals, such as school counselors. Register for the conference at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/2016/kidstrong.

About KidStrong 2016:
As the largest school health and education professional development event in West Virginia, the conference provides professional development in community schools, school health services, immunizations, oral health, school climate, Project AWARE, physical education, physical activity for classroom teachers and administrators, health education, speech and language pathology, out-of-school time, Graduation 20/20 teams, Parent Education Resource Centers, Foundations for Reading and Microsoft Imagine Academy.

For more information, contact:
Amy Berner, Coordinator
304-558-2696 or aberner@k12.wv.us
Becky King, Coordinator
304-558-2969 or rjking@k12.wv.us

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