March 14, 2009Area educators present at National Professional Development Schools Conference in Daytona Beach.
CONTACT: Cynthia Gissy, coordinator of teacher education; acting chair of Education Division, 304-424-8259.
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Five area educators representing West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Worthington Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School were featured presenters at the National Professional Development Schools Conference, held March 12-15 in Daytona Beach, FL.
Area presenters and their conference presentation topics included "A PDS Partnership - More than a 'Family Affair!'", Joseph Oliverio, principal, Worthington Elementary, Paula Oliverio, teacher, Belmont Elementary, and Cynthia Gissy, coordinator of teacher education, WVU Parkersburg; "Working Toward a Formal Agreement," Mrs. Gissy, and Greg Boso, Partnerships Project liaison, WVU Parkersburg; and "Presenting a Curriculum Expo," Mrs. Gissy, Boso, and David Cumberledge, student teacher and honors student, WVU Parkersburg.
More than 1,200 educators participated in the four-day conference, sponsored by the National Association for Professional Development Schools and the University of South Carolina's College of Education.
WVU Parkersburg's Partnerships Project involves a professional development school relationship between area elementary schools and the college's Education Division. It provides enrichment and remedial programs for public school students and professional development activities for teacher candidates, in-service teachers and college faculty. The project enhances the preparation of the college's elementary education teacher candidates for the profession of teaching.