Over 200 educators that are members of the AFT in West Virginia took advantage of a summer school program at Camp Dawson in Preston County to further their professional development.
“It really is not just the professional development, but the fellowship and the networking. Things that people can take back to their schools for their students and share with their colleagues and so it’s just an amazing week. This is the most important thing that we do all year long and we’re just really excited about the folks that are here this year,” said Christine Campbell, President of AFT WV.
Participants received graduate credit through West Virginia University for taking a variety of courses. Course offerings included Leadership Skills, Thinking Math, Managing Anti-Social Behavior and more.
Thursday morning, several members of the West Virginia Legislature were featured in a panel discussion about education issues.House of Delegates members Mike Caputo, Jason Barrett, Phil Diserio, Shawn Fluharty, and Rodney Miller were a part of this.
“To talk about their perspective on the impact of the strike this year, and some of the challenges they face, we face in the legislature and our workplace and then opportunities, what we can do about it and then talking about the November elections and how important it is to be informed on the candidates and to make decisions based on what ‘s best for our students in our public schools,” said Campbell.
40 local chapters of the AFT were represented at the event this year.
“Every year, I think that we all take away from summer school, a new sense of pride in our union. I think we take away a refreshed and rejuvinated outlook on our professions and I think we all share ideas with each other and take away new ideas that we can use in our classrooms and in our local unions,” said Kristie Skidmore, AFT WV Executive Board Member.