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Volunteers across West Virginia are spanning out on Friday to offer services to communities as part of a Day to Serve. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a news release that the collective effort is to strengthen communities across the Mountain State through volunteer service.      Read More at WCHS - Channel 8
September 12, 2014

Right now, AmeriCorps' on the Frontline Mentor Volunteers are training for the fight to increase graduation rates and now you can join the ranks. For the first time, Lincoln County is adding two new mentor volunteers to help in that battle to keep students in school. Laura Thackston is a counselor at Huntington Middle School. This will be the third year she has worked side by side with AmeriCorps mentor volunteers. She says this is one of the most successful programs in motivating students to stay in school. Thackston says graduation is so important these days because the chances of getting any type of job without some type of diploma are slim to none.      Read More at WOWK - Channel 13
September 03, 2014

Tuesday night, we told you about the new cutting edge Advanced Technology Center, -which will serve as a new hub for 21st century learning at Bridge Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston. The state envisions the center as a launching pad for the development of even more opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math--also called STEM. STEM fields are projected to have three times the job growth in the coming years compared to any other career path. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin helped create a STEM committee to look into ways to increase STEM education options in West Virginia. This week, educators from around the region gathered with Toyota and other company officials to talk about how to train tomorrow's workers.      Read More at WCHS - Channel 8
August 20, 2014

Dropping your child off for the first day of Pre-K can be an emotional experience, but several schools across our area are making that process easier this year. Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County, East Lynn Elementary in Wayne County, and Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County have been selected to be a part of the bornlearning® Academy powered by Toyota. Toyota is supplying each school with a $6,000 grant for the first year of the program and a decreased grant for the second year of the program.      Read More at WOWK - Channel 13
August 19, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he believes workforce training is picking up the needed momentum it needs in the Mountain State. Tomblin made the comment just after he stood before a large crowd for a ribbon cutting ceremony at BridgeValley Community and Technical College's Advance Technology Center at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.      Read More at 58 WCHS Radio
August 19, 2014

Jean Srodes envisioned a relaxing retirement. She saw herself curled up on her couch, popcorn in hand, catching up on movies she had missed during her busy career as a flight attendant. But the allure of retirement quickly wore off, and Srodes traded in her quiet time for early-morning homework sessions and after-school programs helping at-risk students in Pocahontas County. Srodes is an AmeriCorps volunteer. More than 700 people like her from across the nation come to Charleston every year to complete an oath of service vowing to “get things done for America” as they become AmeriCorps volunteers. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140720/GZ01/140729940/1101#sthash.GaQZsKQN.dpuf      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
July 20, 2014

On June 19, West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle delivered an EDTalk address at American Public University in Charles Town as part of the second in the EDTalk speaker series, along with APUS CEO Wallace Boston and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. The EDTalk speaker series is sponsored by the Education Alliance and are designed to promote and generate discussion and ideas about engaging business and education on the subject of public education in West Virginia. Excerpts of Sponaugle’s speech are printed below with her permission.      Read Full News Release
June 25, 2014

I had the opportunity last week to attend the second installment of the Education Alliance's EDTalks speaker series events, which was held at American Public University. The series, which is modeled after the popular TED talks speaker series, explores ways to engage community members, business leaders and educational professionals in a dialogue about issues relevant to education in West Virginia.      Read More at Spirit of Jefferson
June 25, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - There's no doubt that American Public University System has had a major impact locally since locating its headquarters in Charles Town and moving forward with an ambitious building program - much of it designed to be green, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.      Read More at The Journal
June 21, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - Educational accountability lies beyond the classroom, and test scores aren't the only measure of academic success.      Read More at The Journal
June 20, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - A wide variety of interests were represented Thursday, when approximately 100 people attended "EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future," a luncheon session that included speaker presentations as well as audience participation that centered on strengthening the state's educational system.      Read Full News Release
June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014, approximately 100 business, education and legislative leaders attended The Education Alliance’s EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event at American Public University System (APUS). EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education.      Read More at APUS
June 19, 2014

Charles Town, W.Va. – On Thursday, June 19, 2014, approximately 100 business, education and legislative leaders attended The Education Alliance’s EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event at American Public University System (APUS). EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education.      Read Full News Release
June 19, 2014

Members of the academic world, local business leaders, the military and elected officials met on June 19 at APUS for a public/private sector summit on education called ED Talks. Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS president and CEO, comments to WRNR AM Radio on APUS’ support for lifelong learning and economic vitality in the local community, including plans for future growth at its Charles Town, W.Va. headquarters      Read More at WRNR AM Radio
June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014

Featured speaker include Senator Manchin, WV Teacher of the Year and Dr. Wallace Boston. This event is open to the public.      Read More at The City of Ranson, WV
June 05, 2014

As experts try to dissect factors that hamper student achievement, one that surfaces more and more is the lack of parental involvement in children's education. When parents don't care about their children's school performance or are otherwise disengaged, students are more prone to do poorly.      Read More at Herald-Dispatch
May 31, 2014

When Gallop released its annual poll of parent satisfaction with public education last fall, they titled the report “A Nation Confused.” Perhaps much of the confusion stems from what is commonly known as the “Lake Wobegon effect” seen in the survey results themselves. While most of those surveyed give the nation’s public schools a “C” for quality, they invariably gave their own local schools an “A” or “B.”      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
May 29, 2014

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, which operates a factory in Buffalo, is donating $34,500 to expand an early childhood education program into West Virginia. Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County, Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County and East Lynn Elementary in Wayne County will pilot the Toyota bornlearning Academies this fall, said Emily Pratt, director of communications and national service programs for The Education Alliance. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140526/GZ01/140529506/1419#sthash.qhlCoR8T.dpuf      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
May 26, 2014

During the launch of The Education Alliance’s EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future speaker series May 20 at the Morgantown Event Center, innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education was the focus.      Read More at The State Journal
May 21, 2014

MORGANTOWN - A John Marshall student opened for a series of speakers Tuesday talking about the future of education in West Virginia. EDTalks from The Education Alliance is a state-wide series focusing on improving the education system.      Read More at WBOY - Channel 12
May 20, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Education is no longer just about book work. West Virginia University is teaming up with the West Virginia Education Alliance to hold a program called “EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future.” The event is being held at the Morgantown Event Center Tuesday.      Read More at Metro News
May 19, 2014

Beginning this fall, three West Virginia schools will pilot Toyota bornlearning Academies®. The announcement was made May 19 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. “Improving educational programs and increasing educational opportunities for our children and their families are essential to ensuring our state’s continued growth and success,” Tomblin said. “This collaborative approach to early childhood development will meet a critical need in our communities. The Toyota bornlearning Academy® program engages parents and gives them the resources they need to turn everyday moments they share with their children into learning opportunities to prepare them for future academic successes.”      Read More at The State Journal
May 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – On Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined The Education Alliance and representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia to announce three West Virginia elementary schools selected to pilot Toyota bornlearning Academies this fall. Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County, Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County and East Lynn Elementary School in Wayne County were selected to participate in the program, which will focus on supporting early childhood learning opportunities in West Virginia.      Read More at Metro News
May 19, 2014

The Education Alliance is hosting an event in Morgantown, May 20th. Dr. Gordon Gee will be the keynote speaker and it will be held at the Morgantown Event Center Tuesday, May 20th. The title of the event is EDTalks. The program will be similar to the popular TED Talks speaker series. This event will be the first of a series held across the state. Please find the attached invitation. In addition to our keynote speaker, Sierra Cook, winner of the WVU high school business plan competition, will speak. The theme of the event is "Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future".      Read More at Greater More!gantown
April 30, 2014

The Education Alliance will host EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Morgantown Event Center. The event, the first in a series, will engage business, education and community leaders in an innovative discussion on strengthening public education. Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, will provide the keynote address.      Read More at WVU Today
April 16, 2014

On March 20, the Education Alliance's board of directors recognized the winning team of students from Keyser Middle School for their participation in Lemonade Day in February. Lemonade Day is a learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own businesses through operating a lemonade stand.      Read More at The State Journal
March 21, 2014

The local Americorps held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service at the Clarksburg Mission. Members helped with serving breakfast and lunch, and also helped with organizing the food pantry and working in the thrift shop. Organizers said the day of service really helps bring awareness to the needs of our community.      Read More at WBOY - Channel 12
January 20, 2014

It is human nature to trust those around us more than people from elsewhere. We like to believe the way we do things in our workplaces, communities and states is better than how things are handled elsewhere. We need to get over that regarding public schools in West Virginia. Clearly, some of what we are doing is not working.      Read More at The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register
November 08, 2013

THE Education Alliance brought some successful reformers to Charleston this week to discuss public education in West Virginia. The state-based nonprofit attracted a crowd of 225 business, community and education leaders to Charleston for the program: "Excellence in Education, It's Everyone's Business." One speaker was Mary Laura Bragg, director of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education and a former Florida public school teacher, who spoke of that state's program under new Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999 to improve low education rankings.      Read More at Charleston Daily Mail
November 07, 2013

What is the cornerstone to improving education? At the Education Alliance's education summit titled "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," the echoing answer by speakers and presenters was accountability and early literacy, along with the belief that every child has the ability to learn. On Nov. 5 at the Charleston Civic Center, the Education Alliance, in collaboration with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, explored several present and future initiatives and endeavors undertaken in the areas of accountability and early literacy to improve the educational quality for those living in the Mountain State.      Read More at The State Journal
November 07, 2013

Yesterday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and The Education Alliance hosted the West Virginia Statewide Education Summit “Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business,” to raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education. ExcelinEd was proud to be a partner in the event, and staff members Mary Laura Bragg, Christy Hovanetz, and Cari Miller presented success stories on how student-centered education reform policies can work to raise achievement. - See more at: http://excelined.org/news/excelined-team-shares-success-stories-west-virginia/#sthash.EWbtnW5W.dpuf      Read More at Foundation for Excellence in Education
November 06, 2013

Education will be the topic of discussion today at the West Virginia Education Summit. The summit, which is titled "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," will take place at the Charleston Civic Center beginning at 9 a.m. and will feature a variety of speakers and panelists. "There will be diversity among all of our participants," said Amelia Courts, president and CEO of The Education Alliance. "Business leaders, community leaders, parents, students and many other education officials will be in attendance. There will definitely be some rich conversation."      Read More at Charleston Daily Mail
November 05, 2013

The Education Alliance is striving to create excellence in West Virginia's education system by opening up a discussion and making it everyone's business. The group hosted an all-day summit Nov. 5 at the Charleston Civic Center, featuring a keynote address from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who made education reform one of his top priorities last year.      Read More at The State Journal
November 05, 2013

West Virginia educators are looking to Florida for help on school reform. Mary Laura Bragg, the director of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, was a guest speaker at Tuesday’s Education Alliance Summit in Charleston. Bragg was a classroom teacher when Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took office in 1999. She said he immediately set out to change Florida’s “bottom feeder” school system into one of the best in the nation.      Read More at WV Metro News
November 05, 2013

“Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business.” Those words served as the slogan for an education summit in Charleston focused on bringing educators, administrators, business leaders and even state lawmakers together to talk about the future in education for our state. To improve that future, those groups looked to Florida to learn how the state was able to take their education system from 49 to 6 in a just over a decade. Accountability and early literacy. Those were the two major ways former educators and policy analysts from Florida say they were able to turn the public education system in their state around.      Read More at WV Public Broadcasting
November 05, 2013

Nearly a year after state lawmakers passed a sweeping education reform package, West Virginia has moved to another uncertain phase for those reforms: implementation. A number of the reforms agreed upon by lawmakers last year are already in effect, but some policies have yet to take effect, others are waiting on public comment, still others may be tweaked, whether on the level of education policy or laws. "The education reform bill is just the beginning, our hard work today will mean more opportunities for our children," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday, to a room full of people from the state's education and business communities.      Read More at Charleston Daily Mail
November 05, 2013

The Education Alliance is striving to create excellence in West Virginia's education system by opening up a discussion and making it everyone's business. The group hosted an all-day summit Nov. 5 at the Charleston Civic Center, featuring a keynote address from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who made education reform one of his top priorities last year.      Read More at WOWK - Channel 13 News
November 05, 2013

State education leaders are exploring Florida's school accountability model, which assigns individual schools grades of A through F and is based primarily on student performance. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, members of the West Virginia Board of Education and other education and business leaders heard from Florida officials about the state's controversial education reform model during Tuesday's seminar, hosted by the Education Alliance in Charleston.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
November 05, 2013

Education will take center stage in Charleston, WV, on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Education Alliance and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., are co-hosting a summit, "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," at the Charleston Civic Center. "Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop the methods that will enable us to reach the goals we've set-and provide our children with the very best," said Gov. Tomblin in a news release from the Education Alliance. Business, education and community leaders are invited to participate in the discussion on how about how to improve student achievement in West Virginia. The education summit provides an opportunity for participants to hear stories from Foundation for Excellence in Education experts and share their own opinions. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions in a town hall session moderated by former Gov. Gaston Caperton, D-W.Va.      Read More at WOWK – Channel 13 News
November 05, 2013

"Improved education systems and increased education opportunities can result in more jobs for West Virginians," said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Governor Tomblin co-hosted the Excellence in Education Summit where he talked about education reform for the state of West Virginia. "There really is a great deal of education reform interest in wva so with the collaboration that will be going on today hopefully there will be recommendations coming out of this forum today," said Governor Tomblin.      Read More at WOAY - Channel 50
November 05, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Education Alliance is teaming up with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for a one-day education summit. It’s called “Excellence in Education Is Everyone’s Business.” Dr. Amelia Courts heads up the Education Alliance. She said the Tuesday gathering at Charleston Civic Center will focus in on issues that are critical to improving the state’s education system.      Read More at WV Metro News
November 04, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will host a statewide education summit in Charleston on Tuesday to raise awareness about "the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education." The summit, "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," will be co-hosted by the Education Alliance, and will gather business, education and community leaders to discuss how to improve student achievement in West Virginia.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette-Mail
November 03, 2013

When it comes to education, the Education Alliance is making it everyone's business. On Nov. 5, the Alliance will hold an education summit, "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business," from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Charleston Civic Center. During the summit, business, education and community leaders will discuss how they can work together to achieve excellence in education in the Mountain State. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will host the summit, in collaboration with The Education Alliance.      Read More at The State Journal
November 01, 2013

Governor Tomblin’s education reform bill passed by the legislature earlier this year requires all children to read proficiently by the third grade. A strategy to make sure that happens will be discussed at an education summit Tuesday, November 5. The Education Alliance Enlarge image From grades kindergarten to third grade, children learn to read. By fourth grade, they must read to learn. Dr. Amelia Courts, the President and CEO of The Education Alliance in Charleston says it takes more than a law on the books to do that. It takes support from the school community.      Read More at WV Public Broadcasting
November 01, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, The Education Alliance and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are co-hosting a summit, Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business on Nov. 5, 2013, at the Charleston Civic Center. “We’ve taken a bold step this year and committed ourselves to improving our children’s education. Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop the methods that will enable us to reach the goals we’ve set—and provide our children with the very best,” the governor said.      Read More at loganbanner.com
October 28, 2013

A conversation with Dr. Amelia Courts, President & CEO, The Education Alliance by Community Connections a program of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. October 16, 2013.      Read More at Community Connections
October 16, 2013

This past week Twitter officially filed to go public and sell its shares on the stock exchange for the first time. Estimates project this could help the company raise $1 billion dollars on the initial sale. Launched in 2006 as a way to send short text messages to groups of people, Twitter has quickly become the "go-to" tool to post and receive instant updates on what's going on in the world.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
October 12, 2013

The Education Alliance will hold a summit titled "Excellence in Education: It's Everyone's Business" on Nov. 5. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center, where business, education and community leaders will discuss how they can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia.      Read More at The State Journal
September 30, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Everybody tends to agree more needs to be done to improve education. The debate is over how to accomplish those goals. The West Virginia Education Alliance is an organization which tries to turn words into action by getting everybody who has a stake in education to get involved.      Read More at WV Metro News
September 08, 2013

September 04, 2013

President/CEO Dr. Amelia Courts and TEA Board Member, Ralph Baxter, spoke about our legacy, future plans and education in West Virginia. The interview is available online by checking out the September 4 show. Their interview begins at the 56:20 mark.      Read More at Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval
September 04, 2013

Congratulations to Amelia Davis Courts, selected as the new president and chief executive officer of the independent group, The Education Alliance. A private-sector initiative, The Education Alliance operates programs and advances policies to improve achievement by public school students in West Virginia.      Read More at The Charleston Daily Mail
July 31, 2013

Students of Hedgesville High School expressed bittersweet sentiments at the end of their first year participating in W.V. eMentoring, a program of the West Virginia Education Alliance.      Read More at The Journal - Martinsburg
April 29, 2013

PARKERSBURG - A couple hundred students, educators and business leaders mingled Friday afternoon at West Virginia University-Parkersburg for the 2013 Partners in Education luncheon. Jill Parsons, president/CEO of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce, said more than 280 teachers, students education officials and business leaders attended Friday's "Preparing for Tomorrow" luncheon, representing every school - both public and private - in Wood County.      Read More at News and Sentinel.com
March 23, 2013

With dropout rates on the rise and the future of West Virginia’s skilled workforce threatened, Independence Middle School has joined with the United Way of Southern West Virginia, The Education Alliance and the Raleigh County Board of Education to sponsor a community Dropout Prevention Forum April 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Crab Orchard Baptist Church.      Read More at The Register-Herald
March 23, 2013

Dr. Patricia Kusimo, Ph.D. of The Education Alliance, will address the needs of our failing education system, and discuss education as the "great equalizer"      Read More at The State Journal's Decision Makers
March 18, 2013

The Education Alliance received an award for $40,000 to support its WV eMentoring program.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
March 18, 2013


The Education Alliance supports the Governor’s focus on third grade reading proficiency and ensuring students receive at least 180 days of instruction. Third grade is the “make or break” point for children to learn to read sufficiently to ensure their future academic success. By fourth grade, most children begin using reading skills to learn other subject areas. As a result, a student’s chances of graduating from high school can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by examining his or her reading level at the end of third grade. Students not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school (1).      Read More at The Legislature
March 01, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Education Alliance is asking students at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School to show their "swag" by achieving the goals of the new Students With Awesome Goals program. Founded 30 years ago, the alliance helped connect businesses to schools but now focuses on increasing student success by offering a variety of mentoring programs. "The SWAG program is another new initiative we started this year," explained Emily Schoen, director of strategic relationships and corporate communications for the alliance. - See more at: http://www.dailymail.com/News/Education/201302200194#sthash.C9ns7Fxf.dpuf      Read More at The Charleston Daily Mail
February 24, 2013

Some kids start out life with two and one-half strikes against them. No wonder so many of them strike out early in life. Last week during a hearing held by West Virginia legislators, the problem was explained about as well as I've heard it put. Among those testifying was Patricia S. Kusimo, president of the Education Alliance. - See more at: http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/581720/Protecting-Kids-Against--Toxic-Stress-.html?nav=509#sthash.6evGD2rC.dpuf      Read More at The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register
February 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's high teen pregnancy rate is a leading cause of childhood poverty in the state, according to both speakers at the first meeting of the State Senate's select committee on child poverty. The statistics presented Wednesday show a vicious circle: children who grow up in poverty are more likely to become teen parents and then drop out of high school, meaning their children are more likely to grow up in poverty and become teen parents themselves.      Read More at NorthJersey.com
February 20, 2013

The students at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary have swag, and they're not afraid to show it. Students at the school in Charleston are taking part in new program crated by the Education Alliance that rewards good behavior, attendance and course performance. SWAG, or Students With Awesome Goals, gives students something they can look forward to, said assistant principal Beth Sturgill.      Read More at The State Journal
January 21, 2013

HUNTINGTON -- About a dozen AmeriCorps volunteers from Cabell County spent all day Monday walking dogs, cleaning cages and hauling supplies into the Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Animal Control Shelter. The volunteers came together on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to fulfill one of their local service projects and provide a hand to an understaffed shelter on the holiday.      Read More at Herald-Dispatch
January 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, has swag. "It doesn't matter what type of clothes you have, we all have swag," Poore told students at Mary C. Snow Elementary School on Friday. SWAG, Students With Awesome Goals, is a dropout-prevention initiative led by the Education Alliance. The program is tailored to kindergarteners through fifth-graders and rewards students for attendance, behavior and course performance.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
January 18, 2013

CHARLESTON - Kanawha County Delegate Meshea Poore will be speaking Friday at Mary C. Snow Elementary School in support of a new drop-out prevention initiative by the West Virginia Education Alliance that focuses on the state’s youngest students. "The dropout crisis and a future West Virginia workforce with inadequate job skills threaten the economic, social, and democratic fabric of our community, state, and nation," Poore said. "The costs of West Virginia students dropping out of high school are devastating and long lasting."      Read More at West Virginia Legislature
January 16, 2013

Education in West Virginia will loom large over the Capitol this year as policy makers consider measures to address issues raised in a recent “education audit” of the state’s public school system commissioned by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.      Read More at The Charleston Area Alliance
January 16, 2013

The Charleston Area Alliance's Elevations Professional Women's Network is looking ahead at what is sure to be a hot topic this legislative session: education. Patricia Kusimo, president of The Education Alliance, will speak at the next Elevations luncheon, scheduled for noon Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn in South Charleston. Kusimo will talk about the education audit that was released last year and how to enhance education for the state's children.      Read More at The State Journal
January 15, 2013

There rightly has been considerable excitement in the Truckee Meadows over plans by Apple Inc. to build a “server farm” east of Sparks and an office building to oversee it in downtown Reno. Economic development officials see Apple’s move as a catalyst for their efforts, hoping that Apple will lend some high-tech cachet to the area and attract still more firms — and jobs — to the community.      Read More at RGJ.com
January 14, 2013

Four state education associations shared their response to the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit with lawmakers in hopes their recommendations will help make a change in the education system.      Read More at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
January 09, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Education Alliance commends the West Virginia Board of Education for prioritizing student learning in its "From Audit to Action" response. While the board's comments are detailed and thoughtful, we believe the response should also include how students will measurably benefit from recommendations and how the Board of Education will prioritize and work with others (agencies, local school boards and school improvement councils, faith communities, the business community, etc.) to improve factors that profoundly impact student learning in West Virginia. Those include teen pregnancy; gaps in students' pre-school readiness associated with income, gender or ethnicity; truancy; children living in dysfunctional home environments; and children living in poverty. Addressing these real challenges will benefit current students and future generations of students.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
December 29, 2012

Researchers in the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education are adding personal stories to data that may help curb the high school drop-out rate and encourage students to pursue a secondary education. HR&E’s Program Evaluation and Research Center recently videotaped interviews with six high school students in Kanawha County. Led by Dr. Malayna Bernstein, the video testimonials are part of The Education Alliance’s Walk the Talk, a program that pairs high school students at-risk of dropping out with community mentors to learn about college and career opportunities and become re–engaged in the learning process.      Read More at West Virginia University
December 20, 2012

The Education Alliance commends the West Virginia Board of Education for prioritizing student learning in its “From Audit to Action” response. While the WVBOE’s comments are detailed and thoughtful, we believe the response should also include how students will measurably benefit from recommendations and how the WVBOE will prioritize and work with others (agencies, local school boards and school improvement councils, faith communities, the business community, etc.) to improve factors that profoundly impact student learning in West Virginia. Those include teen pregnancy; gaps in students’ pre-school readiness associated with income, gender or ethnicity; truancy; children living in dysfunctional home environments; and children living in poverty. Addressing these real challenges will benefit current students and future generations of students.      Read More at The Spirit of Jefferson
December 19, 2012

Small communities throughout West Virginia were isolated during the 20th century - much more so than they are today. But one high school coach and teacher and his family embraced education, discipline and hard work to demonstrate that small-town West Virginia could be a launching pad for remarkable success.      Read More at The Intermountain.com
October 27, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." -- Winston Churchill The Education Alliance works with students, educators and community members to keep students in school and on track to graduate from high school. Whether the topic of discussion is students' attendance, behavior or academic performance, a common need inevitably surfaces -- our students need a positive adult in their lives.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
October 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While West Virginia cracks down on student truancy, and the courts place students who refuse to attend school in shelters, a group of AmeriCorps volunteers is working across the state to stop the problem before it gets that far.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
October 20, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When it comes to educating children, poverty matters. In West Virginia, due to significant low-income rates, poverty matters a lot. The Children's Defense Fund estimates a child is born into poverty in West Virginia once an hour. During the 2011-12 school year, approximately 56 percent of West Virginia's public school students received a free or reduced-priced lunch. In 15 counties, more than 60 percent of children qualify for reduced-price meals. In one county, the amount is 83.4 percent.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
August 18, 2012

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for its annual meeting and Business Summit, which will take place Aug. 29-31 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. This year marks the 76th year for the annual meeting which typically attracts several hundred of the state's top business, government and community leaders.      Read More at The State Journal
August 10, 2012

emocrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican challenger Bill Maloney are among the speakers tentatively scheduled to speak at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's Business Summit Aug. 29 to 31 at The Greenbrier Resort. Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin are tentatively scheduled to provide opening remarks on Aug. 29. Maloney is tentatively scheduled to provide remarks on Aug. 31.      Read More at The Charleston Daily Mail
August 10, 2012

PARKERSBURG - The Education Alliance is working to expand its two-year-old e-mentoring program into the Parkersburg area after a successful beginning in Kanawha County. On Monday, the Parkersburg Rotary Club heard about the program, which connects businessmen and community members with students seeking information and input about potential careers and college options. Jessica Wintz, of Charleston, is the West Virginia E-Mentoring Program director with the Education Alliance. The program is an online e-mentoring for West Virginia high school students to log on once a week for 30 minutes to explore post-secondary options.      Read More at NewsandSentinel.com
June 11, 2012

HUNTINGTON — The Education Alliance wants to see some changes. It wants West Virginia students to truly get a full 180 days of instruction each year. It wants more effort put into making sure West Virginia elementary students are getting the help they need to master reading by the third grade, a critical benchmark, and it wants to ensure quality teaching for all students. These are the first three goals of the alliance’s new Policy Institute, a long-term program it has established to tackle educational priorities in the state.      Read Full News Release
June 02, 2012

The Education Alliance met with a handful of business and community members at Tamarack Thursday to seek support and collaboration to improve education in West Virginia. The group seeks to collaborate and incorporate innovative means to increase student performance, graduation rates and overall success. Charles Patton, president of Appalachian Power and board member for alliance, explained education is important from both humanitarian and business perspectives. “It is imperative that we become very serious and committed to the challenges we face in our educational infrastructure — the fundamental underlying principals and guidelines with which we educate our youth,” he stated. “And it is not something that just occurs. It requires commitment, serious thought and strategy.” The Education Alliance is currently in 18 counties across the state, but it targets 15 of the most economically challenged counties. Many of those are in southern West Virginia. Dr. Patricia Kusimo, president of The Education Alliance, explained that of 282,000 students served through the West Virginia public school system, about 56 percent receive free or reduced lunch, an indication of the level of poverty that’s present.      Read More at The Register Herald
May 31, 2012

HUNTINGTON — Dozens of teachers, administrators, parents and community members attended a dropout prevention summit Wednesday, where they dissected several key issues that came to the forefront during forums in the past five months. The summit was organized by a coalition known as Education Matters, a partnership between Cabell County Schools and United Way of the River Cities. It is charged with bringing people together from inside and outside education to help improve children’s chances of graduating from high school. Sara Blevins, the coordinator of Education Matters, told the group that a student who drops out of high school has a universal impact. That’s why it will take the entire community to improve the statistics that show a quarter of high school freshmen won’t graduate with their peers.      Read Full News Release
May 16, 2012

HUNTINGTON — Several parents openly shared their opinions Monday about how the school system and commu­nity can reshape the Cabell County educa­tion landscape and ultimately decrease the number of students who drop out. Monday night’s forum was hosted by United Way of the River Cities, which partnered with Cabell County Schools on a $300,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Educa­tion Alliance to produce a dropout preven­tion plan. The initiative, known as Education Mat­ters, is a community coalition focused on identifying the issues, the solutions and the stakeholders.      Read Full News Release
May 15, 2012

CHARLES TOWN - Officials with American Public University System donated $26,000 Tuesday to a West Virginia organization that works to help more state high school students attain some form of post-secondary education.      Read More at The Journal
May 02, 2012

An education program is getting more funding to help high school students figure out their future plans. The AEP Foundation is giving the Education Alliance more than $78,000 for its eMentoring Program. The Foundation is presenting the check at a Monday morning press conference at Sissonville High School, according to a press release.      Read More at WOWK TV
April 24, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About 500 high school students in the state will be able to participate in a Web-based mentoring program to help prepare them for a future career, thanks to a nearly $80,000 donation from the American Electric Power Foundation.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
April 24, 2012

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation recently approved 38 grants totaling more than $399,000. The first cycle of grant distributions by the Foundation was for arts, culture and education programs and went to:      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
April 17, 2012

CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — Building partnerships between business and education was the focus of yesterday’s Education Alliance meeting at the Chief Logan Convention Center. The alliance is West Virginia’s premier, statewide, nonprofit research and K-12 public education fund. W.Va. First Lady Joanne Tomblin said the alliance is made up of a diverse group from both education, business and community leaders, who have the goal of increasing student achievement. Read more: Logan Banner - Education Alliance holds meeting in Logan      Read More at The Logan Banner
March 30, 2012

PARKERSBURG - Hundreds of educators, students and business partners gathered Wednesday for the annual Partner in Education luncheon. The gathering at West Virginia University at Parkersburg celebrated the Partner in Education program, which pairs businesses with local public and private schools. The program is overseen by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and Wood County Schools.      Read More at NewsandSentinel.com
March 22, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- The Education Alliance officially launched its WV eMentoring program Thursday at Capital High School. The program is designed to partner mentors with at-risk students who could potentially drop out or fail out of school. 30 students at the school joined the program. They are all freshmen.      Read More at WSAZ TV
February 23, 2012

CHARLESTON - An innovative on-line mentoring program comes to Capital High School. About 30 ninth graders, targeted as at-risk, are paired with adult mentors to interact on-line. The idea is to put allow responsible adults to do some meaningful mentoring without taking time away from work.      Read More at WOWK TV
February 23, 2012

RACHEL — Growing up, Dana Powell, community resource coordinator at North Marion High School, had no direction. With so many options and not nearly enough guidance, she was baffled as to where she wanted her career path to go. After knowing first-hand the difficulties in choosing a profession at such a young age, she was happy to hear of the West Virginia eMentoring program, a program of the Education Alliance, and signed up NMHS to take part.      Read Full News Release
January 28, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A popular African proverb states: "You don't touch what you cannot see." This means you cannot solve a problem unless you understand its underlying causes. This way of thinking explains many of West Virginia's frequent attempts to improve its education system and, more specifically, its high school graduation rate.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
January 21, 2012

popular African proverb states, You don t touch what you cannot see. Simply put, this means you cannot solve a problem unless you understand its underlying causes. This way of thinking explains many of West Virginia s frequent attempts to improve its education system and, more specifically, its high school graduation rate.      Read Full News Release
January 15, 2012

Charleston, WV – On Sunday, November 12, 2011 Bray Cary from the State Journal viewed an exclusive interview with former first lady Laura Bush on Decision Makers. During the interview Mrs. Bush discussed the need to address school leadership. Strong leadership will ensure both teachers and the school as a whole are successful. Mrs. Bush spoke about the Work the Bush Institute is conducting to ensure school principals are prepared to ensure all students receive a quality education.      Read More at 13News
November 12, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Studies show one of every four students in West Virginia will never earn their high school diploma. A very special guest joined forces with The Education Alliance Wednesday to try and change that. Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke to the group in Charleston. Mrs. Bush praised the alliance's goal of preparing every student for college or a career upon graduation. "She's dedicated her life to seeing to it that students get a good education, public and private, and that they're prepared to go on to college or work," Howard Seufer with The Education Alliance said. "To have Mrs. Bush here places a bright of a light as we can on the focus of The Education Alliance." Mrs. Bush currently serves as the UN Ambassador for the decade of literacy.      Read More at WSAZ TV
November 11, 2011

Charleston, WV - West Virginia's Education Alliance welcomed a former First Lady to the capital city last night. The former teacher is stumping for education reform both in and out of the schools. Before a packed crowd at the Walker Theater in the Clay Center last night, former First Lady Laura Bush indicated that both she and her husband want more out of the nation's school system.      Read More at WV Public Broadcasting
November 11, 2011

Charleston, WV - Former first lady Laura Bush was at the Clay Center to talk about school Wednesday night. Mrs. Bush spoke at the Education Alliance's annual dinner. Bush is the honorary ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade. Bush is also an accomplished author and former educator who is passionate about reading and learning. Mrs. Bush continues former President Bush's education reform initiatives through the George W. Bush Presidential Center.      Read More at WCHS TV
November 11, 2011

Charleston, WV - It was the late 1960s, and then-schoolteacher Laura Bush was taking her second grade class on a fieldtrip to a Texas amusement park. She picked up most of the students at their homes, but when she reached the last little boy's home, he answered the door in his underwear. Unable to rouse his mother from the dilapidated house, Bush was unable to get permission to bring him along on the trip. All she could do was give him a big hug and leave him standing in the doorway, still barely clothed.      Read More at Charleston Daily Mail
November 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former First Lady Laura Bush championed the need for education reform at a stop in Charleston Wednesday night, plugging the accountability initiatives she and her husband, former President George W. Bush, have spearheaded almost three years since leaving the White House.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
November 11, 2011

Charleston, WV - Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke about her history as an educator, the importance of public schools and how West Virginia is making progress in advancing education programs during a speech at the Clay Center in Charleston Wednesday night.      Read More at WV Metro News
November 10, 2011

Charleston, WV - Former first lady Laura Bush is coming to Charleston to talk about education. The Education Alliance said Bush will be in Charleston this evening to attend its annual dinner at the Clay Center. Mountain State visits are nothing new for Bush. Her husband, former President George Bush, made several trips to West Virginia during his presidency. The Education Alliance Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and they're expecting close to 400 people to attend.      Read More at WOWK TV
November 09, 2011

HUNTINGTON — Honesty is the best and only policy when it comes to addressing the problems of any society, according to Patricia Kusimo, president and CEO of the Education Alliance. Kusimo was the featured speaker at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at Marshall University, where more than 100 people gathered for what annually is Huntington-Cabell Branch’s largest fundraiser and meeting. The theme of the event was “Affirming America’s Promise,” which goes hand-in-hand with the main focuses of the branch, and includes education, health care, employment and the criminal justice system, said Sylvia Ridgeway, president of the Huntington- Cabell Branch.      Read Full News Release
September 21, 2011

Charleston, WV – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a Wayne County principal for her effort to increase academic achievement and spark interest in engineering among her students. Sara Stapleton, principal at Wayne High School, recently received an honorarium from The Alliance for implementing Project Lead the Way (PLTW) at her school. The purpose of this national initiative is to establish quality pre-engineering programs at secondary schools throughout the county. Stapleton's activities were a part of The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program.      Read More at HuntingtonNews.net
September 21, 2011

PARKERSBURG - Van Devender Middle School Principal Steve Taylor is being recognized for the school's gender-based classrooms program. The Education Alliance announced Friday it was awarding Taylor an honorarium for his work with gender-based classrooms. Vandy had been selected as the alliance's Student Educational and Economic Development Success School of the Year.      Read More at NewsandSential.com
September 17, 2011

NEW CUMBERLAND -- A Hancock County assistant principal is being recognized for his effort to increase academic achievement among at risk students. According to a news release, Jeffrey Wooter, assistant principal at Oak Glen High School, recently received an honorarium from the Education Alliance for implementing a peer mentoring program that matched high achieving students with those who were at risk.      Read More at WTRF Channel 7
September 16, 2011

Charleston, West Virginia - Former first lady Laura Bush is headed to West Virginia. Bush will be honored at the Education Alliance Dinner at the Clay Center on November 9th. A reception will start at 5:30pm and the dinner will begin at 6:30pm. Bush is the honorary ambassador for an initiative called the United Nations Literacy Decade.      Read More at WCHS Fox 11
September 02, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Former first lady Laura Bush is scheduled to visit Charleston in November. The Education Alliance says Bush will be honored at its annual dinner on Nov. 9 at the Clay Center. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Bush is the honorary ambassador for an initiative called the United Nations Literacy Decade.      Read More at The Herald Dispatch or The Charleston Gazette
September 02, 2011

Charleston, WV - The Education Alliance will honor former first lady Laura Bush in Charleston later this year. Bush will be recognized during the group's annual dinner scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Clay Center. Bush is an honorary ambassador for the United Nations Literary Decade. The event gets started with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30.      Read More at WV Metro News
September 02, 2011

CHARLESTON (AP) - The Education Alliance announced Friday it will host Former first lady Laura Bush at its annual dinner Nov. 9 at The Clay Center. The event will include a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Bush is the honorary ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade.      Read More at WOWK 13, WTRF 7, WBOY 12, WVNS 59 or The State Journal
September 02, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Former First Lady Laura Bush is set to come to Charleston as the keynote speaker of The Education Alliance's Annual Dinner Celebration. As the UN Ambassador of Literacy, Bush is a strong proponent of education and will speak at the gathering on Nov. 9 at the Clay Center. The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m.      Read More at The Charleston Daily Mail
September 02, 2011

Most Americans know former First Lady Laura Bush as a strong supporter of education -- and she puts her time and travel into this cause. What is less known about Bush is how committed she was to international bridge-building and encouraging Americans to connect abroad.      Read More at The Altantic
September 02, 2011

Charleston, WV - Ranjit Sidhu, of ACT education assessment, compared the success of a student's seamless transition from pre-kindergarten through college to a relay race in track. Sidhu, who spoke Tuesday at the West Virginia Student Success Summit at Charleston Embassy Suites, explained how educators and others in the community need to stay in the same lane, hand off the baton and reach back for it to make an educational transition work. The summit brought together teachers, principals and other educators in the pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade system with West Virginia college-level educators and officials.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
August 02, 2011

NEW CUMBERLAND - The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize Oak Glen High assistant Principal Jeff Woofter for his effort to increase academic achievement among at-risk students, said Dr. Patricia Kusimo, CEO of the Education Alliance. During the past school year, a group of freshmen improved their grades in core subjects by 59 percent. The mentoring effort also helped the freshmen improve attendance and behavior, smoothed their transition from eighth grade to high school, and garnered a unanimous decision for Woofter as the SEEDS Principal of the Year.      Read More at The Review
July 30, 2011

Charleston, WV - A pilot program helped more than 200 West Virginia high school students this past year prepare for what lies ahead. Now the goal is to expand. It's called West Virginia eMentoring. It was created by the Education Alliance. Pat Kusimo, the president and CEO of the Alliance, says 222 9th-11th graders were part of the pilot program.      Read More at WV Metro News
June 30, 2011

Charleston, WV - When Natashia Brewer, a sophomore at Pocahontas County High School, started taking part in the Education Alliance’s eMontoring program, little did she know she’d be corresponding with Acting First Lady Joanne Tomblin.      Read More at WestVirginia.WatchDog.org
June 30, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Acting West Virginia first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will meet face-to-face with a high school student she's been mentoring online. The meeting is set to take place Thursday at the state Capitol in Charleston.      Read More at The Associated Press
June 30, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Top on the list of aspirations for the greater Kanawha Valley area appears to be a longer school year and a longer school day. That was on the wish list of Patricia Kusimo, president and CEO of The Education Alliance, and brought applause from the audience attending the annual meeting Thursday of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. The foundation has a mission to improve the quality of life and promote philanthropy.      Read More at The Charleston Gazette
May 26, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Frontier Communications has donated $300,000 to a nonprofit group's online mentoring program that helps high school students explore their college and career options. The Education Alliance debuted the program at Huntington High School in January and plans to expand it statewide in the next two years.      Read More at The Charleston Daily Mail
March 21, 2011

News Releases


Charleston, W.Va. – The Education Alliance will host EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future, on Thursday, June 19, from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. at American Public University System’s (APUS), Finance Center located at 393 N. Lawrence Street, Charles Town, WV. EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education.      Read Full News Release
June 05, 2014

Morgantown, W.Va. – On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, The Education Alliance launched the EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future speaker series with an event at the Morgantown Event Center. EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and big ideas on strengthening public education.      Read Full News Release
May 20, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – This afternoon, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that three West Virginia schools will pilot Toyota bornlearning Academies® this fall. The Governor clearly believes children who enter school prepared are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and to be college and career ready.      Read Full News Release
May 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (May 19, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Highlawn Elementary in Cabell County, Buffalo Elementary in Putnam County and East Lynn Elementary School in Wayne County have been selected to pilot Toyota bornlearning Academies® this fall. The pilot program will focus on supporting early childhood learning opportunities in West Virginia.      Read More at Office of the Govenor
May 19, 2014

The Education Alliance is pleased to announce the award of a $140,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to enable us to work with business and industry leaders to develop the STEM Works project. By collaborating with the Governor’s STEM Commission, key business leaders and other ongoing STEM initiatives, the STEM Works project will make a serious contribution to developing a pipeline of students that are ready to work for our state’s future.      Read Full News Release
April 24, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – The Education Alliance will host EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future, from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Morgantown Event Center. The event, the first in a series, will engage business, education and community leaders in an innovative discussion on strengthening public education. Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University, will provide the keynote address.      Read Full News Release
April 15, 2014

Charleston, WV – On Thursday, March 20, 2014, The Education Alliance’s Board of Directors recognized the winning team of students from Keyser Middle School for their participation in Lemonade Day in February. Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.      Read Full News Release
March 20, 2014

What: Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business West Virginia Education Summit When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Charleston Civic Center Charleston, W.Va.      Read Full News Release
November 01, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality public education, The Education Alliance and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin are co-hosting a summit, Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business on Nov. 5, 2013, at the Charleston Civic Center. “We’ve taken a bold step this year and committed ourselves to improving our children’s education. Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop the methods that will enable us to reach the goals we’ve set—and provide our children with the very best,” the governor said.      Read Full News Release
October 24, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – The Education Alliance has scheduled a summit, Excellence in Education: It’s Everyone’s Business, for 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Charleston Civic Center, where business, education and community leaders will discuss how they can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will host the summit in collaboration with The Education Alliance.      Read Full News Release
September 30, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – On Friday, September 20, 2013, The Education Alliance hosted a Reading Relay at Grandview Elementary School as a part of Governor’s Day to Serve. The Reading Relay was a fun activity that exposed students to stories written by West Virginia authors. The Education Alliance enlisted the help of business and community volunteers to spend time reading to each class. In addition to reading, volunteers helped students complete a writing activity that challenged each child to engage in his/her own community service project.      Read Full News Release
September 20, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – As part of Governor’s Day to Serve, The Education Alliance will host a Reading Relay at Grandview Elementary School in Charleston, WV. The Reading Relay is a fun activity that will expose students to stories written by West Virginia authors. The Education Alliance has enlisted the help of business and community volunteers to spend time reading to each class. In addition to reading, volunteers will help students complete a writing activity that challenges each child to engage in his/her own community service project.      Read Full News Release
September 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Board of Directors of The Education Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Amelia Davis Courts as president/CEO, effective July 31, 2013. She succeeds Dr. Patricia S. Kusimo, who leaves The Education Alliance after five successful years at the helm.      Read Full News Release
July 18, 2013

Barbara Upton is the kind of principal with whom every teacher hopes to work. Eminently sensitive to her faculty members as human beings, Upton knew her school needed a culture shift around technology, but also that she needed to walk closely with her teachers through the transition.      Read Full News Release
October 05, 2012

Jeff Woofter is emphatic when he says he wants people to understand one thing: “Sixty-four percent of all students who fail the 9th grade will never finish high school.” This national statistic is the powerful motivator behind Oak Glen’s SEEDS initiative, and the compelling reason Woofter jumped at the chance to lead his school’s partnership with The Education Alliance. Oak Glen High School had support from Tom Jones, President and CEO of the West Virginia United Health Care System, and from Dr. Mary Harris-John, associate professor at Marshall University. Woofter quickly evaluated that the peer mentoring need at his school would rely heavily on Harris-John’s expertise. “That’s a great characteristic of the SEEDS initiative,” says Woofter. “It has an initial structure, but it can be customized to what works for individual schools.”      Read Full News Release
October 05, 2012

Sara Stapleton understands the challenge of “creative disruption” issued by The Education Alliance at the first SEEDS meeting. Having just started a robotics program at Wayne High School, she decided a $50,000 SEEDS grant was the perfect tool for taking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to a new level for her students. “I was certain the students would change, that test scores would rise, and that learning would be fun and challenging,” says Stapleton. “We had high expectations for what we termed Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a combined curriculum for math and engineering to complement our robotics program. The student, faculty, and community response to PLTW resulted in positive change beyond our greatest imagining.”      Read Full News Release
October 05, 2012

Vice-Principal Paolo is always thinking ahead, and planning for future needs and ongoing growth opportunities. Never satisfied with simply remaining current, he anticipates what is on the horizon, and he insists that all who can identify and affect change in his school become involved. He facilitates personal and professional growth plans that are reviewed and adjusted on a continuous basis.      Read Full News Release
October 05, 2012

The WV State Board of Education has released their response to the audit of West Virginia's public education system which was released earlier this year. Take a moment to review their response and let us know what you think.      Read More at West Virginia Gazette
September 26, 2012

Logan, W.Va. – Business and education leaders in Southern West Virginia have an opportunity to come together to discuss the important role business can play in ensuring our students are able to compete in a global economy on Thursday.      Read Full News Release
March 27, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The AEP Foundation generously donated $78,500 to The Education Alliance to support its WV eMentoring program, www.wvementoring.org. WV eMentoring is a volunteer-driven web-based program that helps high school students explore careers and options for education after high school. The Education Alliance launched WV eMentoring in spring 2011 with more than 200 students in four high schools across the state.      Read Full News Release
November 14, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a Wayne County principal for her effort to increase academic achievement and spark interest in engineering among her students. Sara Stapleton, principal at Wayne High School, recently received an honorarium from The Alliance for implementing Project Lead the Way (PLTW) at her school. The purpose of this national initiative is to establish quality pre-engineering programs at secondary schools throughout the county. Stapleton's activities were a part of The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program.      Read Full News Release
September 20, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a local principal for his commitment to extend learning beyond traditional classroom boarders in order to enhance student learning. Joseph Paolo, principal of Weir Middle School, implemented an aggressive effort to enhance technology, teaching strategies and online resources to ensure teaching and learning continue after the school day ends. Paolo received an award and honorarium from The Education Alliance for his leadership in its Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) program which is funding the initiative.      Read Full News Release
September 20, 2011

Rupert, W.Va. – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a Greenbrier County principal for her efforts to improve academic achievement, parent involvement and business relationships at her school. Leetha Williams, principal at Rupert Elementary School, recently received an honorarium from The Education Alliance for a multi-faceted program to advance learning and community support at her school. The program was a part of the school’s two-year participation in The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Left Hand, W.Va. – A Roane County school principal has been recognized by The Education Alliance for her work to increase achievement and influence positive attitudes about education. Brenda Chadwell, principal of Geary Elementary/Middle School, recently received an honorarium and an award from The Education Alliance for her leadership in the Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) program. As part of the two-year SEEDS effort, Chadwell created an initiative that addressed reading/language arts academic performance, and increased communication with parents about the role of education and the importance of student achievement.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Evans, W.Va. – A local principal has been honored for her commitment to creating technology-rich teaching and learning environments for students in Jackson County. Barbara Upton, principal of Evans Elementary School, recently received an award and honorarium from The Education Alliance for her leadership in the Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) program. Upton launched an aggressive effort to integrate more technology into instructional strategies in order to strengthen classroom engagement.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Harts, W.Va. – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a Lincoln County principal for her efforts to improve math achievement while developing a school climate and culture conducive to learning. Belinda Toney, principal at Harts Intermediate School, recently received an honorarium from The Education Alliance for implementing a Saturday Academy designed to increase math achievement. The program was a part of The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Craigsville, W.Va. – A local principal has been honored for her commitment to reduce truancy and lead students along a pathway of academic success in Nicholas County. Vickie Nutter, principal of the Nicholas County Career and Technical Center (NCCTC), was recently honored with an award from The Education Alliance for her leadership in The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) program. Nutter launched an intensive effort to reach students in jeopardy of dropping out, and to spark an interest in the field of science among high school and middle school students. As a result, she received an honorarium from The Education Alliance for the success her program has experienced.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

New Cumberland, W.Va. – The Education Alliance is pleased to recognize a Hancock County assistant principal for his effort to increase academic achievement among at-risk students. Jeffery Woofter, assistant principal at Oak Glen High School, recently received an honorarium from The Education Alliance for implementing a peer-mentoring program that matched high-achieving students with those who were at-risk. His two-year effort was a part of The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program. In addition to the honorarium, Oak Glen was selected as a SEEDS School of the Year as a result of Woofter’s program.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Parkersburg, W.Va. – A local principal has received multiple awards from The Education Alliance for his commitment to ensuring both male and female students achieve at or above state averages. Steve Taylor, principal at Van Devender Middle School, created a comprehensive gender-equity initiative to make sure all students achieve at levels that are not only comparable to, but also well above state averages. The effort was made possible through generous support from The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) program. In addition, The Education Alliance recognized Van Devender as a SEEDS School of the Year and awarded Taylor with an honorarium for his commitment to innovation and success.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

Williamson, W.Va. – A local school has recently completed participation in a statewide initiative to increase school and student success. Williamson Middle School participated in The Education Alliance’s Student Educational and Economic Development Success (SEEDS) Program. Principal Helen Curry applied for and was awarded the two-year SEEDS grant in 2009 and has used the resources to implement a reading/language arts and math achievement program for seventh grade students.      Read Full News Release
September 16, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Many may think mentors must work with students face-to-face, but advancements in technology have made it possible to make a difference from the comfort of your home or office. WV eMentoring is breaking geographic barriers to provide students with quality mentors from career fields that interest students.      Read Full News Release
September 14, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Former First Lady Laura Bush is scheduled to return to West Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to serve as keynote speaker for The Education Alliance’s 2011 Annual Dinner Celebration. “The Education Alliance is extremely honored to have the former first lady as our 2011 annual dinner speaker,” Kusimo said. “Mrs. Bush is known throughout the world for her poise, grace and style. She serves as the UN Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy, has been a strong proponent of education as a means to greater prosperity and freedom, particularly in her advocacy for women in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Mrs. Bush has also been an accomplished author and former educator who is passionate about reading and learning.      Read Full News Release
September 02, 2011

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – For the past ten weeks, First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has been participating in college and career exploration with a high school student she has never met. On Thursday, June 30, 2011, First Lady Tomblin and Natashia Brewer will meet for the first time in person. The pair will share their experiences participating in WV eMentoring with others.      Read Full News Release
June 27, 2011

Across The Nation


The Education Alliance has scheduled the first in a series of discussions about strengthening public education. "EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future" will begin from noon until 1:30 p.m. May 20 at the Morgantown Event Center with West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee providing the keynote address.      Read More at The State Journal
May 19, 2014

The Education Alliance has scheduled the first in a series of discussions about strengthening public education. "EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future" will begin from noon until 1:30 p.m. May 20 at the Morgantown Event Center with West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee providing the keynote address.      Read More at The State Journal
April 19, 2014

Last week's announcement by Odebrecht and Governor Tomblin was an exciting moment for the state of West Virginia. But there is a long journey ahead. The train has only left the station, and we need to work together to keep it both on track and moving ahead. Both education and innovation are critical to maintaining this positive momentum.      Read More at Charleston Daily Mail
November 19, 2013


February 21, 2013 · The Senate floor session saw the unanimous passing of two bills Wednesday, one dealing with the disqualification of jurors and the second further defining graffiti crimes and their penalties. But the Senate also saw the first meeting of their special committee to address childhood poverty, and its members are well aware that they are taking on an issue that won’t be solved overnight.      Read More at West Virginia Public Broadcasting
February 21, 2013