Edited from a Press Release
Fifth Annual West Virginia Education Summit Personalizing Career Readiness in West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. – On November 1st, nearly 250 business, community and education leaders gathered in Charleston for the West Virginia Education Summit: Education is Everyone’s Business to discuss personalizing career readiness to improve student achievement.

 

This year’s Summit, hosted by The Education Alliance, focused on the personalization of learning and necessary policy shifts to ensure that West Virginia students are career ready. “Teachers, principals, and other education professionals across the state are working daily to develop our most vital resource, our children.

 

Fifth Annual West Virginia Education Summit Personalizing Career Readiness in West Virginia

They need partners from every sector of the state, especially from the business community, to match their efforts and help them do more,” said Dr. Amelia Courts, president and CEO of The Education Alliance. “The 2017 Summit will focus on ‘personalizing career readiness’ and feature nationally-known speakers with examples of local innovation.”

 

The highlight of the event was the keynote provided by Susan Patrick from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) where she shared how school systems can use Personal Learning Paths, Competency-Based Progressions, and Flexible Learning Environments to prepare students for career and life readiness in the digital age.

 

“As we think about the tremendous opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for our state's economy, it is critical that we support innovative approaches to education,” said Mallie Combs, Chairman of The Education Alliance Board of Directors. “Through gatherings like the Summit, we can learn from one another and work together to develop new strategies and models of learning that will provide our students with the very best.”

 

The Summit began with a panel of industry leaders and workforce development experts who explored anticipated changes and strategic possibilities, and identified ways of creating better opportunities for all learners. Berkeley County Schools was awarded the “Exemplary Partnership for Career Readiness Award” for their Jump Start program in collaboration with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Over lunch, participants had the opportunity to network during a Student Expo showcasing state exemplars of “personalizing career readiness”.

Fifth Annual West Virginia Education Summit Personalizing Career Readiness in West Virginia

 

In the afternoon, educators from South Carolina provided an overview of the policies and practices that they have embraced to change the learning landscape in their schools.

 

The event concluded with a conversation with state leaders, Secretary Woody Thrasher and State Superintendent Steve Paine, highlighting their vision for enhancing career readiness for all West Virginia students through a personalized learning approach. For more information on the summit, visit EducationAlliance.org/Summit or contact The Education Alliance at 304-342-7850. Be sure to join the conversation online at #wvedsummit or tweet us your thoughts at @theedualliance.

 

 

Sponsors for the Summit include: Appalachian Power (gold); Cabell Huntington Hospital (silver); AT&T; Bowles Rice LLP; The Dow Chemical Company, FirstEnergy Foundation; Microsoft; Mountain Valley Pipeline; Northeast Natural Energy; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia; United Bank; West Virginia Economic Development Council; and ZMM Architects and Engineers. Be sure to join the conversation online at #wvedsummit or tweet us your thoughts at @theedualliance.