Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jul 27 2004

Media Advisory: Concord Hosts McDowell County Teachers This Week, Partnership to Focus on Math Skills

Athens, W.Va. – For the second year, Concord University is hosting approximately 150 teachers from McDowell County to share strategies and techniques that teachers can take back to their classroom to improve student’s math skills. Last year, the focus was on reading.

Funding for the project, Math Round-up, is provided by Title I, Title II and the HEPC (Higher Education Policy Commission).

“Many ‘hands-on’ techniques are being presented by the West Virginia Department of Education Math Cadré,” stated Jim Copolo.

“The staff from Concord will follow the teacher’s progress to ensure that the techniques are being utilized. Moreover, McDowell County teachers will have access to the staff from the University’s education department for the following year should any questions arise.”

Mr. Copolo, is the Title I director for McDowell County. He co-sponsored writing the grant with Dr. Kathy Hawks, director for this project, and Dr. Kathy Liptak, chair for the University’s education division.

Many principals from RESA 1 (Regional Education Service Agency), which includes McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties are in attendance. In addition, the McDowell County teacher of the year, Sandra Wade, from Kimball Elementary is attending the academy.

Students from Concord University’s education department will be involved in the training exercises, as well as the follow-up activities.

The media may call Ms. Patty Harris, academic program associate for the Concord University education department at 1-304-384-6038, today, Thursday and Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to schedule interviews.