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40-TOP Roundtable Series

Join the WVPEC and the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia on June 24, 2020, for a roundtable on West Virginia's economic response to COVID-19.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive economic disruptions to nearly all industries, businesses and our healthcare system nationwide, pockets of hope and opportunity are emerging.
 
Lasting changes such as in the ways we work, how we access healthcare and the types of technology available to diagnose and contain the novel coronavirus may have the potential for a robust economic revival across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia welcome statewide experts to lead a discussion on economic opportunities and growth in the face of a worldwide recession.

  • Dr. Kim Becher, Family Medicine Specialist, Community Care
  • Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • John Deskins, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Associate Professor, Economics, John Chambers College of Business and Economics; Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement
  • Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University
  • Dr. Drema Mace, VP for Community Engagement & Development and Executive Director of the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, West Virginia University
  • F. Scott Rotruck, Chair, WV Public Education Collaborative and Member, West Virginia State Board of Education
  • Kim Tieman, Health and Human Services Program Director, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

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COVID-19 Silver Linings: Opportunities in Education
June 3, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be difficult to see the silver linings emerging. Opportunities have multiplied to offer great hope in numerous sectors, including education, which has rapidly adapted at all levels in response to social distancing and lockdown guidelines. Parents, guardians, and educators continue to work together to ensure that K-12 students continue learning using virtual and hybrid models, while institutions of higher education are shifting to address new student needs. By embracing innovation and agility during this new way of life, lasting advances have emerged.

The West Virginia Public Education Collaborative will help lead this roundtable as part of the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia’s 40-TOP Roundtable Series. The Collaborative and the Alliance welcome state officials, education leaders, teachers and parents to join the discussion. Panelists include the following state leaders, all members of the WVPEC:

  • W. Clayton Burch, State Superintendent of Schools, WV Department of Education
  • Jim Denova, Vice Chair, WV Public Education Collaborative and Vice President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University
  • Jennifer Reaves, 2018 Milken Educator and Technology Integration Specialist, Mylan Park Elementary School
  • F. Scott Rotruck, Chair, WV Public Education Collaborative and Member, West Virginia State Board of Education
  • Jaime Taylor, Provost, Marshall University
  • Sarah Tucker, Chancellor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission and WV Council for Community and Technical College Education

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