Allyson Schoenlein Chair
John Hayes, Vice Chair
Vickie Linville, Secretary
Stacy Morgan, Co-Treasurer
Karen Daily, Co-Treasurer
Cabell County Schools Central Office
2850 Fifth Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702
Meetings are open to all.
Contact Allyson Schoenlein
for more information.
West Virginia-Cabell County Chapter
of International Alliance of Invitational Education
People – Currently our membership is made up of forty-five Cabell County school administrators, teachers, principals and assistant principals, instructional coaches, technology integration specialists, and retired personnel with several other educators expressing interest in joining. Cabell County Schools currently hold a district-wide as well as four building level IAIE Institutional Memberships.
Many of Cabell’s IAIE team have attended World Conferences. In addition, Cabell’s team includes staff who play leadership roles for IAIE: the IAIE FORUM editor (Vickie Linville), an IAIE Board of Trustee Member and Toolkit writer (Allyson Schoenlein), and the WV Coordinator (Janne Rice). Allyson Schoenlein has presented at several World Conferences. We look forward to expanding our membership to include other educators in the tri-state area.
Places – Monthly planning meetings are held the fourth Friday from 11:00am to 12:00 noon at the Cabell County Central Office in Huntington, West Virginia. We welcome visitors from other counties.
Programs – In addition to monthly meetings, six schools have hosted IAIE exchanges with Hong Kong schools. Huntington High School sent students to Hong Kong for the first time in the fall of 2012. Two HK schools visited Cabell County this spring. These visits are inspiring local growth for IAIE, as schools joined with institutional memberships.
Eighteen teachers in Cabell’s 2014 Administrative Internship class studied the Fundamentals of IE as one of their three core texts. We welcome anyone to attend our meetings and workshops.
Goals for 2014-15:
- Develop a home-like library space at the Cabell County Central Office where visitors can share and enjoy professional materials.
- Support student polls (Gallop and Battelle for Kids) to gather and use data on hope, well-being and engagement.
- Provide Professional Development opportunities related to Invitational Education for County staff.
- January – February 2015: 34 members of the District attended a training session to examine data from the recent Student Gallup Poll on Hope, Well-Being, and Engagement. A follow up meeting was helps with a Gallop Poll consultant to explore poll data use.
- October 2014 and March 23, 24, 2015: Author Eric Jensen (Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind and Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain) trained staff, focusing on values shared by Invitational Education.
- Book studies are underway using Mindset by Carol Dweck and Trunaround Tools for the Teenage Brain by Eric Jensen. These related texts promote IE concepts of Intentional Trust, Respect, Optimism, and Care when working with targeted populations.
Policies – Cabell County was granted provisionary state chapter status in May 2014 but personnel within Cabell County Schools have been active in IAIE for over twenty years.
A professional development outreach to all Cabell staff began in 2013 when three breakout sessions about Invitational Education were presented at Cabell County’s 2013 Summer Institute. In summer of 2014, the IE team hosted a complete four day strand within the Institute held July 27-30, 2014.
Procedures – Our state chapter meets monthly at lunchtime either at Central Office or at one of the local schools in order to share what the chapter members are doing and to learn more about IE. We look forward to expanding our membership to neighboring counties.