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WV Principals’ Network Holds First Face-to-Face Meeting in Charleston

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    Friday, May 07 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

The West Virginia Principals’ Network hosted its first face-to-face meeting in Charleston, WV on May 6. A group of WV Principals gathered to examine cultural norms and effective schools based on the book, Failure is NOT an Option by Alan M. Blankstein. Topics of discussion included 1) Why Failure is Not an Option; 2) Courageous Leadership for School Success; 3) Ten Common Routes to Failure, and How to Avoid Each; 4) Building a Professional Learning Community with Relational Trust; and 5) Common Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals.

Sponsored by the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education (WVACHE) in partnership with Edvantia and funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the WV Principals’ Network is a pilot project aimed at building a “best practice-sharing network” of WV school principals with a goal of fulfilling principals’ leadership needs concerning low educational attainment.

Sarita Rhonemus, WVACHE Executive Director commented, “Today, as we move toward P-20 alignment, it is vital for principals to take the lead in developing a culture rich in moral purpose with shared values and beliefs because student achievement then develops naturally.”  Consistent with the West Virginia Department of Education’s theme of Global21 to develop self-directed, motivated students who will be prepared for their future in an ever-changing world, the mission of the WV Principals’ Network is to increase effectiveness as school leaders and improve student achievement in our schools by engaging in a collaborative sharing of ideas and resources to support one another.

The next meeting of the WV Principals’ Network will be scheduled for August, 2010.  For more information about joining the this Network, please contact Sarita A. Rhonemus, WVACHE Executive Director, Bluefield State College, Bluefield, WV at 304-327-4096 or