The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.
This partnership will provide students with access to a twice-weekly program called “Education Station,” helping them to keep their skills sharp; keeping them connected to the learning process; and supplementing other resources from their schools and counties.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 31, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s statewide television network will deliver a 30-minute program from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
“Education Station” will be developed and provided by educators from the classrooms as well as West Virginia Department of Education staff members, and will address the critical need for student engagement, regardless of internet connectivity or operational devices at the student’s home.
“I am very impressed with these segments because they will assist us in engaging with our students and families during the school closure,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “The partnership is an important component of our broader student outreach and support as it provides an extension for us to be more creative and flexible in meeting the needs of our children. I am grateful for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and their enthusiasm for helping us meet this need.”
"We are excited to collaborate with the West Virginia Department of Education in providing an educational resource in this time of need," said West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Chuck Roberts. "Our mission is to educate, inspire, and inform using our statewide television, radio, and digital network and we are so pleased to work with the WVDE in providing this essential at-home learning service. The hope is that we can help keep teachers and students connected and engaged during this unprecedented time."
WVPB is available on many cable systems throughout the Mountain State as well as over the air. To view Education Station segments visit tv.wvpublic.org/education.
The WVDE has compiled additional resources for educators and families on the WVDE website. These resources include both technology-driven and screen-free options for grades pre-k through 12. Visit wvde.us/covid19/resources or details and guidance.
In addition to the resources available through the WVDE, West Virginia Public Broadcasting has dedicated a page to the COVID-19 pandemic with information, including additional educational resources. Visit wvpublic.org for more information.
For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the state’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.
For more information about the production of “Education Station,” contact Christy Day at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Christy.Day@k12.wv.us. For more information about the broadcast of the program, contact Lalena Price at West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 304-556-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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