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Governor Tomblin and Former Governor Wise Announce Partnership for Education Reform

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Location: Charleston, WV

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and former Gov. Bob Wise, together with the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools, today announced a partnership between the Alliance for Excellent Education and the State of West Virginia to begin a statewide review of classroom technology use and digital learning capabilities. The goal is to move the West Virginia's education system toward a personalized, student-centered approach through the use of technology.

"With today's technological advances, we have the ability to personalize learning and better meet the needs of each individual student," Gov. Tomblin said. "I believe Project 24 will help us integrate technology and digital learning into our classrooms by providing innovative ways for our children to learn, in turn helping prepare them for a successful future."

Project 24, an Alliance for Excellent Education program, helps school systems plan for effective use of technology to help students reach career and college readiness. Improving career and college readiness is one of Gov. Tomblin's education reform goals. Digital learning is any instructional practice that is successfully using technology to strengthen the student learning experience.

"Governor Tomblin and the legislature have just enacted strong education legislation," said Former Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance. "Developing a comprehensive plan for how technology can support teachers and students is an important first step in reaching the important goals that West Virginia has adopted. While hundreds of school districts across the nation are involved with Project 24, Governor Tomblin leads the nation in making this a statewide effort."

Project 24 will complete a statewide review of classroom technology and digital learning infrastructure in West Virginia. The review will include an assessment of current abilities, a plan of action, and a proposed implementation of that plan so the state can embrace digital, and personalized learning for West Virginia's students.

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