BETHANY, W.Va. – To raise awareness about the critical need to provide every child with a quality education, Bethany College will hold a number of activities as part of the National Education Association's 93rd annual American Education Week celebration, Nov. 17 - 21.
W. Clayton Burch, West Virginia’s Interim Associate Superintendent of Schools, will provide the keynote address on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. in Hurl Auditorium.
Burch serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Early Learning at the West Virginia Department of Education. The organization targets Pre-K through 5th grade instruction and learning, as well as the implementation of West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K program. This includes community collaboration efforts, funding, continuous quality improvement projects, school readiness initiatives and professional development.
Burch is an executive committee member and WVDE designee to West Virginia’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. He also chairs the WVDE Advisory Committee on a Comprehensive Approach to Early Learning. Burch has worked with state and national leaders to assure West Virginia’s implementation of a high quality, universal pre-k program in all 55 counties, targeting collaboration with community partners, maximization of resources, school readiness and 3rd grade literacy. His experience spans beyond West Virginia classrooms to the middle east, teaching elementary education in Kuwait City, Kuwait, and studying Reggio Emilia approaches to early learning in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Throughout the week activities will include daily estimation jar give away, Exclusive Education T-shirt sale, morning snacks, education major quilt development, and a display created by education students. Bethany students can also invite a friend to an education class on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bethany College’s activities are in partnership with NEA, the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.