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Events and Initiatives

To help ensure West Virginia students – pre-K through higher education – have the tools and resources to reach their full promise and potential, the WVPEC aims to create a public education network through new partnerships, innovative initiatives and strategic events.

Focus Forward conference

Focus Forward

Preparing today for the West Virginia of tomorrow by examining how emerging issues will impact the state’s education system, economy and changing workforce needs.

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Legislators' Forum

Convening legislative leaders with state and national experts in education and business to advance West Virginia’s public education system.

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K-12 Speakers Bureau

Connecting West Virginia students and teachers with experts in the workforce to inspire the next generation of talent.

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3rd Grade Literacy

Faced with a global pandemic and declining literacy numbers, the WVPEC is taking on the challenge to improve West Virginia’s literacy levels by the end of third grade.

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Helping West Virginia middle school students discover how to solve real-world challenges and gain essential skills by integrating science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics into everyday classroom teaching.

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Partner Collaborations

WVPEC members spearhead their own programs, events and initiatives year-round that drive public education innovation inside and outside the classroom. The WVPEC proudly engages in and supports these efforts to elevate promotion and statewide engagement.


Digital Learning Day

A day dedicated to encouraging schools to use technology to strengthen students learning experiences, in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Remake Learning Days

Days dedicated to future-ready, hands-on, engaging, relevant learning experiences for kids and their families, caregivers and educators, in collaboration with the Remake Learning Network.

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WV Women Moving Forward

WV Women Moving Forward is an initiative of West Virginia University’s Office of the Provost, in collaboration with the WVPEC and WV Forward, to address challenges facing West Virginia girls and women.

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Science Adventure School

Science Adventure School is an adventure-based, outdoor science school dedicated to empowering and educating West Virginia’s youth. 

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40-TOP Roundtable Series

40-TOP was created by the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia. The WVPEC has partnered with the Alliance on two sessions focused on education and the economy.

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COVID-19 2020: Outbreak to Recovery Advisory Council

The WVPEC maintains a presence on the West Virginia Department of Education's Outbreak to Recovery Council, which is focused on planning for a new normal post-pandemic.

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Teacher Innovation Mini-Grants

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the WVPEC are committed to supporting teachers and providing them with the necessary resources to continue to innovate, inform and inspire.

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Cyber and IT Workforce Virtual Forum

The WVPEC has partnered with Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation (DRWV) to host a fully-virtual forum about key trends affecting cyber and IT workforce development and what is being done to help address barriers to filling in-demand tech jobs, including a lack of security clearances.

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