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2018 Legislators' Forum

2018 Legislators’ Forum
December 3-4
Morgantown, WV

The third annual Legislators’ Forum convened West Virginia legislators, educators and thought leaders from across the state and nation. 

National education leaders Stephen Pruitt of the Southern Regional Education Board and innovator Ted Dintersmith joined legislators in discussing best practices in driving innovation in the classroom, connecting education to the workforce and supporting the state’s educators. Legislators also met with educators during lunch to learn about exciting education initiatives happening across the state.  

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West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee, educational innovator, Ted Dintersmith, Southern Regional Education Board President, Stephen Pruitt, and Senior Associate Vice President for Academic and Public Strategy at West Virginia University, Rochelle Goodwin, come together for a panel at the 2018 Legislators’ Forum dinner.



legislators, educators and community leaders attended the third annual Legislators’ Forum in December 2018.


legislators were in attendance.


superintendents, counselors and teachers were also part of the 2018 Legislators’ Forum, bringing valuable practitioner perspectives to our elected officials.


state, local and national leaders were part of the WVPEC’s 2018 Legislators’ Forum kickoff dinner.

Forum Takeaways

  • Teacher preparation, the changing workforce and school climate are some of the most high-priority challenges in education today.

  • We should work to streamline education P-20 with the workforce by utilizing initiatives like WV CLIMB and WV Ready Graduate.

  • Providing meaningful teacher support is crucial to recruit and retain talented educators. Effective school leadership, along with opportunities for personalized professional development and established career pathways for teachers, are all key to fully supporting them.

  • We must introduce students to fundamentals of business, entrepreneurship, and economics. STEM is inherently related to business and entrepreneurship.

  • Equity in education is important, but we also need to address social and emotional welfare and encourage lifelong learning for all demographics. School counselors are as important as good teachers for the mental health needs of students.

Links to agenda and documents


Policies in Practice

Forum Playlist


Allegheny Science and Technology
Dominion Energy
Huntington Bank
Jackson Gas Company
John Chambers College of Business and Economics,WVU
Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources,WVU
TMC Technologies
WVU Medicine

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