WVDE’s Reinventing Education Program to be Presented on Capitol Hill

September 26, 2003

Charleston, W.Va. - A West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) coordinator will have her opportunity to showcase West Virginia’s technology in education. West Virginia’s Reinventing Education Coordinator Donna Landin will join the Senate Rural Education Caucus on Friday, September 26 when John Bailey, from the U.S. Department of Education will address the participants at Innovation Day on Capitol Hill.  

Landin is among 8 others selected from across the country that will deliver a presentation on technology in the classroom. Her presentation will provide a quick overview of the state’s Reinventing Education program and the WVDE’s successful partnership with IBM. She will outline its size and purpose and success as well as its relation to No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  

Reinventing Education is a partnered effort with IBM to develop technology solutions designed to help support school reform efforts and raise student achievement. IBM renewed its commitment to the WVDE last year by renewing its $1.5 million grant that designed to drive higher-quality training for West Virginia teachers by creating a first-of-its-kind collaboration between teacher education programs and the public schools they serve.  

“This honor will demonstrate West Virginia’s dedication to technology in the classroom,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “It’s vital that we stay abreast with the latest in technology in education if we are to be successful.”  

The presenters hope they will get people discussing programs that are helping rural schools and districts meet the requirements of NCLB. They also hope to promote the awareness among members of Congress about innovative options available to these schools.  

For more information about the Reinventing Education program, contact Donna Landin, Coordinator for the Reinventing Education Grant, at (304) 558-0304.

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