Education

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School may be out or winding down in West Virginia, but state Treasurer John Perdue wants parents to think about investing in their children's future education.

Concord University senior runner Shawnee Carnett claimed her sixth All American honor this past weekend. Although Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career makes her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls at Concord University, and Carnett defeated almost all of her competitors on someone else’s turf.


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Community and technical colleges have started noticing a trend that’s consistent not just here in West Virginia, but across the country.

That trend: students who are enrolled in developmental courses when they enter a higher education institution are less likely to graduate.

“Thirteen percent of the students that go into developmental or remedial courses graduate, only 13 percent,” Chancellor of West Virginia’s CTC system James Skidmore told members of the state Board of Education during their May meeting.

Two West Virginians by choice work to preserve Appalachian culture and foster dialogue.

An historic Virginia theater gets ready for a new season.

While an old West Virginia theater might get a new lease on life.

And we hear from an old farmer in Monroe County, West Virginia.

Concord University students are reaching out into the community to inspire young entrepreneurs. Earlier this week students from Melrose Elementary in Mercer County set up a lemonade stand on Concord’s campus.

The children sold fresh lemonade to University faculty, staff and students after months of marketing and preparing. The event is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Google Entrepreneurs that started in 2007 to inspire youngsters by assisting with stands across the country.

Peg + Cat Releases First Album

May 1, 2014
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Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, the album features songs from the math and problem-solving preschool series.

Watch Peg + Cat on WV PBS weekdays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and weekends at 8 a.m.

Teams of 8th grade students from around West Virginia faced off Tuesday in an academic bowl competition that focused on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History Quick Quizzes and Daily Trivia.

It's official. Dr. Kendra Boggess will be Concord's next president. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Boggess during a meeting on Friday. 

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president earlier this week. She'll also serve as the  first female president. 

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

 

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Two higher education groups announced the adoption of a new policy Friday intended to make transferring credits between schools easier for West Virginia students.

The agreement between the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education intends to pave a way for a more seamless transition for students changing from one higher education institution to another, particularly for students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions.

Check out the all-new Wild Kratts World Adventure App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a science-focused app based on the popular animal-themed children’s series. A must-have app for Wild Kratts fans, World Adventure is now available only on the App Store.

New Film From Ken Burns, "The Address"

Apr 15, 2014
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The Address, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, premieres April 15 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.  The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

Two teachers in West Virginia have been selected as part of the 100 educators in the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement with year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

Join us Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Morgantown for a presentation about the national PBS documentary, "The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama" and the West Virginia Public Radio series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia.  Reporter Glynis Board will discuss her interview with Dr. Edith Levy, holocaust survivor and educator.

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Governor Tomblin, alongside two state community and technical colleges, announced the donation of $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center Wednesday, meant to enhance and expand the program.

Tomblin made the announcement at the Capitol with Noble Energy Senior Vice President Gary Willingham

The company has committed the one time dollars to Pierpont and Northern Community Technical Colleges, the two schools that host the petroleum training center.

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development advances the quality of teaching and management in the schools of West Virginia through (1) the implementation of statewide training, professional staff development, and technical assistance programs and practices to assure the highest quality in such teaching and management; and (2) the provision of technical and other assistance and support to regional and local education agencies in identifying and providing high quality professional staff development and training programs and implementing best practices to meet their locally identifi

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Over the past two days, 18 counties presented their facility needs to the state School Building Authority in Charleston. The requests totaled more than $100 million, but the agency only has about $45 million to give. That means some tough choices between deserving projects across the state.

Here is a list of those projects and their estimated costs.

Doddridge County:

  • $898,128 for two new classrooms at Doddridge County Elementary School
  • $398,128 in SBA funds

Gilmer County:

Gayle Manchin
Suzanne Higgins

Every middle school student in McDowell County will be given a free laptop next week.

Approximately 875 laptops will be distributed to students and their parents or guardians—first at Mount View Middle School on Monday evening, then at Sandy River Middle School on Tuesday evening and then at Southside K-8 School on Wednesday evening.

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Ten students from the University of San Francisco are in West Virginia this week, spending their spring break getting a first-hand look at the coal and gas industries.

This immersion trip is taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. It began in Wheeling with an orientation then the group traveled to the Morgantown, W.Va. and Washington, Pa., area to visit the Center for Coalfield Justice and spend time with the Friends of Decker’s Creek collecting water samples.

Becoming Frack Finders

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We all have one- but there's a lot of mystery behind how it works- the brain, that is.

People who attended West Virginia University's Festival of Ideas in Morgantown last night left with a little more knowledge about how their brains work and also with an understanding that there's a lot about the human brain that we don't know.  

But this doesn’t bother one WVU neuroscience researcher who was the guest at last night's lecture.

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Given the tough budget forecast, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks a proposal to give teachers $6,000 in raises over three years is unrealistic.

Tomblin told reporters Wednesday that awarding teachers more than a 2 percent pay increase he suggested would cost millions of dollars and require offsetting budget cuts.

The House Education Committee increased the raise Monday. School service personnel would also receive $100 more monthly over three years.

The Senate passed an $837 teacher pay bump.

Chuck Frostick

The Senate recently passed the “Move to Improve Act” which could change the daily grind in state classrooms. The bill is in response to the Healthy Lifestyles Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2005 without a mechanism to assure implementation. Lawmakers say they’re trying to address an epidemic of childhood obesity in West Virginia. 

Children and teens spend more than half of their waking hours at school.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, state legislative officials are working against the clock and snow to get more bills passed.

We explore the water problems in McDowell County more deeply,

And students don't need classroom settings to learn.

Mark Dr. Seuss's Birthday with a Week-long Cat-Ebration!

Feb 28, 2014
CITH "Anything You Can Do"
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A special week of science-focused The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! kicks off with a new one-hour special on WV PBS, Monday March 3 at 3 p.m.

West Virginia PBS is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a week of new adventures on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, beginning with a one-hour special on Monday, March 3 at 3 p.m. (special time)

The Law Works - Truancy

Feb 27, 2014

Forty years ago, the United States had the highest public school graduation rate in the world.  Today we're number twenty-one.  In West Virginia we have a public school truancy rate of up to fifty percent in some counties.  Dan Ringer and his guests Judge Alan Moats, Barbour & Taylor Counties and Glenn Sweet, Director, Barbour County Office of Attendance will talk about Truancy.

Parents Overwhelmingly Agree No Other Media Brand Meets Their Children's School Readiness Needs Like PBS KIDS

West Virginia PBS airs 11 hours of PBS KIDS programs each weekday and serves children and their families statewide through its Ready To Learn service.

Public Television Remains #1 as a Trusted Media Source

Feb 26, 2014

Nationwide Research Confirms that PBS and Member Stations are America's Most Trusted Institution and an "Excellent" Use of Tax Dollars for 11th Consecutive Year.

During a time of significant increase in broadcast audience numbers and growing reach on digital platforms, PBS and its member stations were again named #1 in trust among nationally known institutions, and called an “excellent” use of tax dollars by the American public in a national poll for the 11th year in a row.

Water donations from across the country have poured into Wyoming County since our original report.  The folks in Bud and Alpoca were dealing with unpotable water, running a dark brown at times, months before the chemical spill in Charleston.

Jessica Lilly

The legislative session last year is often referred to as the "year of education reform" as lawmakers looked for ways to improve education quality.

West Virginia is ranked 48th in teacher pay and right around the middle of the road compared to other states for cost of living. Educators say there is a connection to quality.

Although West Virginia teachers get a 1.5 percent pay increase each year until they reach 35 years, teacher salaries are among the lowest paid in the nation.

K-3 Writers, Send Us Your Best Work!

Feb 12, 2014

Entries are now being accepted for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest, designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest is open to children in kindergarten, first, second and third grades and encourages them to celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories.

Building Up is the Only Way to Go in Crowded Cities

Feb 10, 2014
Shanghai Tower Aerial rendering. Super Skyscrapers "The Vertical City"
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Super Skyscrapers is a four-part series airing Tuesdays in February on WV PBS Instructional Television Service at 1 p.m.

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