Education

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has hundreds of thousands of digital resources available for teachers, caregivers and students on its West Virginia LearningMedia platform.  The breadth of these resources can be overwhelming so, we have launched a bi-monthly e-newsletter  to highlight a few of the incredible resources available for free. Our goal is to bring resources to you in a timely manner or to let you know of specific contests or activities with which we are involved.   

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
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A legal challenge has been filed to block West Virginia University from Moving WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley.

The lawsuit filed in Kanawha County also is pressing the university's governing board to fully implement the so-called WVU Tech Revitalization Project, according to media reports.

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West Virginia University

West Virginia University and officials for the city of Morgantown have reached an agreement over policing the school's fraternity and sorority houses.

Jean Snedegar

Our newsroom recently teamed up with the producers of Inspiring West Virginians for a special episode of Inside Appalachia. The show features Mountain State natives who are leaders in business or a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. 

Doug Estepp / Coal Country Tours

West Virginia is expected to be in the national spotlight on January 26 in an episode of the PBS documentary series, American Experience.

David Benbennick

Police in Mineral County say a motorist has died after his vehicle collided head-on with a school bus that had no students aboard.

Media outlets report the collision occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Route 50 near New Creek. The bus driver wasn't hurt.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According to a study by New America's Education Policy Program, West Virginia leads the nation in developing children's literacy skills.

West Virginia was one of five states graded as “walking” in the report, meaning the state is making solid strides towards a comprehensive birth through third grade literacy policy.

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In 2013, the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice launched a program called Handle With Care. The collaborative  program is meant to help children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect or other types of trauma succeed in school. The program that started on the West Side of Charleston is now expanding across the state and in other communities across the nation.

Apply now for a once-in-a-lifetime FREE Professional Development experience including a trip to Denver, CO preceding this year’s ISTE ( International Society for Technology in Education) conference for hands-on training!

PBS LearningMedia is looking for America’s most innovative educators who use digital media and technology in the classroom. If that’s you, we invite you to submit your application to become a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Selected applicants will receive:

Michael Martirano
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A new West Virginia commission's discussions of possibly changing standardized testing won't be public.

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A former state schools superintendent has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision to dismiss her lawsuit against the State Board of Education over its decision to fire her.

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The Pocahontas County school system is going to try to implement new school bus routes on days where classes might have previously been canceled because of snow.

The school system's Director of Transportation Ruth Bland tells The Inter-Mountain that the move will preserve instructional days and prevent cancelations from cutting further into summer break.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia School Building Authority denied a request Monday from the Fayette County school system for $39 million over three years to construct and renovate facilities in the district.

The Authority gives out additional dollars annually to counties to aid in the construction and renovation of schools. Monday, the board distributed some $56 million to 15 county school systems.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia School Building Authority met Monday to award more than $56 million in state funds to county school systems for facilities improvement projects. The following are the counties selected and the details of their projects:

Monroe County, December 2015     Monroe County Early Head Start and Head Start held a Storybook Christmas and invited Clifford the Big Red Dog to host the event.  Youngsters participated in activity stations based upon various storybooks.  Students from James Monroe High School Child Development Classes ran the stations.  At each station one of Clifford's Big Ideas was integrated into the activity. 

Listen as one teacher tells why PBS LearningMedia, a free digital resource is so important in his classroom.  If you are interested in bringing PBS LearningMedia into your classroom check it out:

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The West Virginia Board of Education is asking the state School Building Authority to put Fayette County at the front of line during its next round of financial awards. 

Board  members voted 6 to 2 in a meeting Tuesday approving a resolution that asks Fayette County be considered a priority for additional funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority.

PBS LearningMedia

If you search for definitions of the word “computer” from different eras, you’ll see how we have defined it has changed over time. Today, computer use as we know it is so prevalent that many cannot imagine life without them. So who invented the first real computer? 

  

West Virginia LearningMedia, a free digital resource sponsored by West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents another collection of media resources. 

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Is there a process for innovation? In the following “Innovation 101” lesson plan from The Henry Ford’s curricula, your class hears from some of America’s most iconic innovators and learn how they spark innovation in the workplace and beyond.

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The Turkey is in the oven and the family is gathering.  Be ready to bring some interesting conversation to the table.  Be able to talk about the life of a turkey or the typical cost of a Thanksgiving meal, you can find it all on West Virginia LearningMedia.  You can keep the conversation rolling with these lessons or use the information to create a trivia game to challenge even the hardiest Thanksgiving fans.

Sign up for a free West Virginia LearningMedia account to access thousands more educational resources from PBS and its partners.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear stories of women whose grit and determination changed their own lives - and changed other people's lives, too. We’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

Story telling is a great part of family gatherings.  This Thanksgiving StoryCorps is encouraging families to sit down and record some of those stories as part of a national project.   A particular focus is working with high school students, however anyone can participate. So, take some time, download the app and give a listen to someone you love. 

This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Alabama Public Television

In cooperation with the Alabama Public Television's IQ learning network, students are able to join in to see first hand the sixth episode of Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. In this episode of the Electronic Field Trip, student reporters lead viewers on a journey through Montgomery, visiting the Rosa Parks Museum and other historic sites pivotal to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Infographic - Are W.Va. Public Colleges a Good Value?

Nov 18, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, every public college and university in West Virginia costs less to attend than the national average of $17,500. 

However, only 4 schools meet or exceed the national earning power after attending.  Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and two WVU-affiliated schools, (Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology) exceed the average national salary of $36,000; salary information was unreported for several state schools.  

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

About a dozen education officials from around the state addressed the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability in an interim meeting Monday.

Budget cuts for higher education has been a topic many in the state find frustrating, and this feeling was no different at Monday’s interim meeting.

Martin Valent / West Virginia Legislative Photography

House Speaker Tim Armstead said he was surprised to hear West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano had proposed repealing the state's Common Core-based education standards, but is skeptical of the new set of standards backed by the schools chief. 

Michael Martirano
Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s top education official is proposing a repeal of the state’s Common Core based education standards in exchange for a new set he says will ensure West Virginia students are both college and career ready.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano presented the West Virginia College and Career Ready standards to the West Virginia Board of Education Friday.

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In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

The weeks leading up to the vote on the levy were contentious in Randolph County.
Photo courtesy of Katelynn Hanek

On Saturday, Nov. 7, residents of Mineral County voted overwhelmingly for the renewal of their school levy according, to the Mineral Daily News-Tribune. Eighty-eight percent of voters supported the measure, which provides schools with $5.9 million each year for 5 years to support new textbooks, teacher salaries, transportation, libraries and facilities.

However, in Randolph County, the outcome was different as voters rejected the county's excess school levy that would have provided $2.8 million each year for five years to county schools.

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