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Fourth Annual West Virginia Legislators’ Forum to focus on connecting education and the workforce

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WHAT: Fourth annual Legislators’ Forum on Education and the Economy

WHEN: Wednesday (Nov. 20) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Charleston Marriott Town Center, 200 Lee Street E, Charleston

Read the Legislators Forum on Education and the Economy agenda and find a complete list of speakers.

NOTES: Topics will include strategies to increase educational attainment rates; how to ensure graduates can meet workforce demands; local flexibility for superintendents, principals and teachers; teacher preparation to ensure current and future educators infuse innovation and personalized learning in the classroom; and best practices to ensure a culture of entrepreneurship programs in schools.

The Forum will close with a panel of legislative leaders who will reflect on the lessons learned from discussions at the Forum. Tom Heywood, managing partner at Bowles Rice, will moderate the discussion with Senate President Mitch Carmichael, Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, Delegate Joe Ellington, chair of the education committee and Sen. Robert Plymale, who is a member of the education committee.

A welcome dinner will be held Nov. 19, the evening prior to the forum, with university presidents from West Virginia University, East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, and Pierpont Community & Technical College, who will discuss the evolving landscape of higher education. 

RSVP: Members of the media who are interested in attending the Nov. 20 Legislators’ Forum or the Nov. 19  welcome dinner should RSVP to Katie Farmer at or 315.256.8509. 



CONTACT: Katie Farmer
Office of the Provost

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