WVDE To Host Project MERIT National Dissemination Conference

April 26, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - In the final year of the Project, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announces the Project MERIT National Dissemination Conference will be held at Embassy Suites in Charleston May 9 – 11, 2005. Since 2000, Project MERIT, a National Science Foundation and WVDE Initiative for middle level mathematics teachers, has provided professional development to more than 700 educators on standards-based mathematics.  

The Project MERIT staff and Teacher Leaders have invited more than 100 educators from 25 states to celebrate the successes and address the challenges in mathematics education today.  

Cathy Seeley, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, will bring the national perspective during her keynote address, “Moving Past ‘Just Barely’ Implementation”. West Virginia teachers, Cathy Walker and Kelly Watts, will partner with the Education Development Center in sessions that will debut the professional development videotapes of their standards-based classrooms. Other concurrent sessions highlight the work of the project on topics such as assessment, collaborative teaching, teacher content knowledge and building professional learning communities. The full agenda may be viewed at the West Virginia Department of Education website by clicking here. http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2005/merit2005.doc  

To register for the conference, please respond by May 2 to: lbittle@access.k12.wv.us or mhoover@access.k12.wv.us or call Diana Staley at 558-4032.  

For more information about the conference or Project MERIT, contact Murrell Hoover, WVDE coordinator, at (304) 558-7805.

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