Education Alliance holds EDTalks in Parkersburg

Photo by Michael Erb Chad Crumbaker, interim vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, speaks Thursday at the Blennerhassett Hotel as part of The Education Alliance’s annual EDTalks program.

PARKERSBURG — The Education Alliance held one of its annual EDTalks Thursday at the Blennerhassett Hotel, connecting business and community leaders with area educators.

About 75 people attended the EDTalks event, which featured three speakers, one of whom was Chad Crumbaker, interim vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

“I talk about the ‘Idea Muscle,’ and how can we develop that in a formal education,” he said. “There’s a need to develop creative problem solving skills in students. We can’t train like we used to because we don’t know what kinds of jobs will exist in the future.”

The EDTalk also featured Ralph Baxter, an adviser, writer and speaker on the legal profession, and Toni Poling, the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

“As we think about the tremendous economic opportunities and challenges facing our state, the connection between jobs and education is obvious,” said Amelia Courts, president and chief executive officer of The Education Alliance. “Engaging our communities in this conversation is mission critical to our success. Through gatherings like this, we can learn from one another and work together to develop new strategies and models of learning that will provide our students with the very best.”

EDTalks are being held across West Virginia to provide a series of networking and education events designed to engage business, education and community leaders in public education issues. Each program features presentations by cutting-edge speakers, professionals and advocates along with time for conversation and discussion.

“Clearly, a strong education system is the path to a better future for our state and its citizens,” said Mallie Combs, chairman of The Education Alliance Board of Directors. “The Mid-Ohio Valley has an important impact on our state’s economy. The Education Alliance is excited to hear innovative and exciting perspectives in this region on how we can strengthen the pipeline to future jobs in West Virginia.”

The event was sponsored by Bowles Rice LLC, Dominion Energy, DOW Chemical Company, Microsoft, Wendy’s, WesBanco, and ZMM Architects and Engineers. To view the video recordings of the Parkersburg EDTalks or for more information, visit EducationAlliance.org/EDTalks or contact The Education Alliance at 1-304-342-7850.

The Education Alliance, which was established 35 years ago, is a nonprofit, non-partisan independent agency which promotes partnerships between businesses and public schools. The agency provides grants and support programs such as Americorp on the Frontline, Financial Literacy Initiative, the United Way Born Learning Academy, STEM Network Schools and Partnerships in Education.


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