Dozens of school administrators heard how to "get it right" when it comes to pre-kindergarten during a leadership symposium sponsored by RESA 8.
The Regional Education Service Agency serving Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties brought officials together for "Getting it Right from the Start." Diane Ansari, the RESA 8 Head Start/Pre-K/Early Head Start director, organized last month's event. More than 50 school administrators and practitioners participated.
"RESA 8 understands the critical role high-quality early childhood programs play in the long-term success of students," said Jane Lynch, the agency's executive director. "This symposium helped provide additional resources to educators and reinforced the value of Pre-K programs."
EXTENDED LEARNING — Presenters at the RESA 8 Early Childhood Symposium included, from left, Diane Ansari, RESA 8 Head Start/Pre-K/Early Head Start director; Janet Bock and Monica Harless, West Virginia Department of Education coordinators; Clayton Burch, assistant director of the Department of Education’s Department of Instruction; Dr. Nancy Williams, RESA 8 special education coordinator; and Paulette Lashley, RESA 8 child development/disabilities specialist.
Presenters included Clayton Burch, assistant director of the Department of Education's Department of Instruction, who provided an overview of the universal Pre-K initiative in the state; Dr. Nancy Williams, who led participants in an activity to use the book "Getting it Right from the Start: The Principal's Guide to Early Childhood Education"; Paulette Lashley, RESA 8 child development/disabilities specialist, who talked about data collection; and Janet Bock and Monica Harless, coordinators in the state Department of Education's Office of Instruction, who provided valuable sessions about the Early Learning Scale and reviewed state requirements for assessment of young children.
"West Virginia is a national leader in early childhood initiatives and collaborative partnerships," Lynch said. "RESA 8 is pleased to help schools provide children with the skills they need to be socially competent, successful learners."
To learn more about RESA 8's early childhood efforts or other educational programs in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, call 304-267-3595 or visit resa8.k12.wv.us.