Spring bringing events to Center

April is always a busy time at Kump Education Center. Our STREAM program students from North Elementary had their field trip at the new water plant and Kump Education Center last week, and the Elkins Middle School visited Elkins Fordland and Randolph Technical Center this week.

On Wednesday, April 10, the John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at Kump Education Center to learn about renovating and repurposing the historic Kump House.

The local DAR was responsible for the stabilization of the northeast corner of the Kump House in 2013, and they have sponsored grants for historic preservation in Beverly.

Education is one of the key objectives for the national DAR, and members pledge to “promote the development of an enlightened public opinion and to foster patriotic citizenship.”

Edna Scott Kump was a Charter Member of the local DAR in 1907, and members of the current organization were interested in a youthful picture of her c. 1907.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24th the Ninth Annual Kump Education Research Seminar will be held at Kump Education Center.

We will host our first Research Seminar in our historic building now that we have heat. The other eight research seminars have been held at Davis & Elkins College, Alderson Broaddus University, and the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

This event represents the most important initiative sponsored by KEC for the advancement of teacher professional development because understanding research in education is important for teachers.

Like other professions, good teaching requires that practitioners know their subject and understand human development well enough to make logical choices on behalf of their students. If teachers are going to have the new knowledge they need to cope with the impact of the current opioid crisis on brain development and family support systems, longitudinal research will be necessary. Thoughtful teacher intervention is the best hope we have for the future of these children.