Education will be the topic of discussion today at the West Virginia Education Summit.
The summit, which is titled "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," will take place at the Charleston Civic Center beginning at 9 a.m. and will feature a variety of speakers and panelists.
"There will be diversity among all of our participants," said Amelia Courts, president and CEO of The Education Alliance. "Business leaders, community leaders, parents, students and many other education officials will be in attendance. There will definitely be some rich conversation."
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will kick-start the summit with the keynote address.
"We are very pleased that the governor will be speaking," Courts said. "He will be focusing on some of the successes his administration has had with education in the state, as well as his priorities moving forward."
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., participants will hear about the experience of other states, more specifically Florida.
"Florida's education system has been real successful in recent years so we want to hear how they have achieved the success that they have," Courts said.
Gayle Manchin, president of the West Virginia Board of Education, and member Lloyd Jackson will report on the progress of the board.
Courts said the sessions will expound on how the state is helping children read proficiently by third grade and setting higher achievement standards and accountability for education outcomes.
Panelists will expand discussion at 12:45 p.m. with reactions from business leaders, superintendents, teacher organizations and stakeholders. Those panelists include:
* Moderator: Thomas Heywood, Managing Partner, Bowles Rice LLP