"A well-trained, energetic teacher can be stifled under lackluster and discouraging administrators," said Bush.
The program is currently training more than 500 principals in 17 different locations across the country, said Bush.
The Institute is also focusing on strategies to keep middle school students productive and in school.
Laura Bush serves as the UN Ambassador for the Decade of Literacy and hosted leaders from around the world for the White House Conference on Advancing Global Literacy in 2006. Since 2001, Bush has visited West Virginia for campaign fundraisers and political events.
Wednesday's fundraiser was The Education Alliance's largest of the year, with over 400 guests purchasing event tickets that began at $150 a seat.
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