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College Readiness
4:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Higher Education Policy Commission Receives College-Readiness Grant

Credit wvhepc.com/

Students in ten West Virginia counties are going to receive extra help preparing for college and career training programs.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will receive a $21 million grant to help students in the state. The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the Commission will be awarded the “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP grant. It’s the second GEAR UP grant the HEPC has received. Jessica Kennedy is the Assistant Director of Communications for the HEPC.

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Banned Books Week
4:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Concord University Celebrates Banned Books Week

Concord University is participating in banned books week. Library officials released a list of books that have been “identified as morally, visually or otherwise unsuitable to read” at one time.

Banned books week is celebrated in libraries across the country to commemorated the freedom to read unorthodox material. It’s considered a way to fight censorship and share ideas.

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Inside Appalachia
5:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Mixed Feelings About Gas Industry Growth in W.Va, Exploring What's in a Va. Name & More

Credit Roxy Todd

In West Virginia residents are concerned about their water supply as the gas drilling industry expands, 

Scientific jargon is discouraged in Pennsylvania for the sake of climate change education.

And strange symptoms in smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania.

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Higher Education
8:35 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Strengthening Institutions: Two West Virginia Schools Receive Title III Grants

Credit Sarah Lowther Hensley

Two West Virginia higher education institutions got some great news this month from the federal government.

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U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges
10:44 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Concord University Among the Best, Influential Report Says

Credit Lance McDaniel

Concord University was once again named among the best colleges in the region by an influential report.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges annual report was released earlier this week. Concord University was ranked in more than one area.

Concord University ranked fifth in the Best Regional Colleges South. The Regional Colleges category focuses on schools that focus primarily on undergraduate study.

The rankings are based on criteria that measure academic quality.


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Footgolf at Pipestem
4:36 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Concord Soccer Teams Set to Test FootGolf Course

FootGolf is the newest outdoor recreation activity available at Pipestem Resort State Park.
Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. Pipestem Resort State Park is the only place to play it in West Virginia

Soccer teams from Concord University plan to use the course on Thursday, but according to a release, they won’t be playing soccer.


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Radio
11:36 am
Fri September 5, 2014

The Science of Smart

American RadioWorks, The Science of Smart, Monday night at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

Until recently, we didn't know much about the best ways to learn. Now that's changing. Over recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this American RadioWorks program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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Education
9:58 am
Thu August 21, 2014

W.Va. Gets NASA Funding for STEM Education

Credit NASA

West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

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Public Education
4:29 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Can the Structure of Public Education be Changed?

Credit Clark Davis

Members of the state’s education community met Monday at Marshall University to discuss how to take the next step in public education in the state.

Can West Virginia’s public education system be fixed? That was the question that was asked Monday on Marshall’s campus. Charleston attorney Charles McElwee called together administrators and policy makers to discuss how change can be made in the public education realm. McElwee said the current system which follows old outdated standards isn’t working.

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West Side
5:15 am
Mon August 4, 2014

WVU's Division of Diversity Steps in to Help Revive Charleston's West Side

Dr. Gabrielle St. Leger is an educational consultant and serves as the Chairman of the WVU Diversity Social Justice Visiting Committee.
Credit Roxy Todd

The West Side in Charleston is one of the largest urban neighborhoods in the state. Within sight of the Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School are vacant lots and abandoned buildings. This neighborhood is besieged with many problems like childhood poverty and high crime rates. It’s also a neighborhood that suffers from negative stereotyping—a place where good people and good projects are often overlooked.

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Public Education
4:56 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Randolph County Searching for Solution to Crumbling School

Harman School
Credit Randolph County Board of Education

The Randolph County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Tuesday evening to address structural problems with the Harman School. The facility suffered a roof collapse over the July 4th weekend. 

A plaster ceiling caved into a classroom, bringing with it two tons of debris.  A post-collapse inspection of the school, built in the 1950s, determined it is not safe for use.

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Adventurous Year
6:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Catching Up With West Virginia's Teacher of the Year

Erin Sponaugle
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

It’s been a busy year for Berkeley County’s Erin Sponaugle, West Virginia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Aside from teaching fifth grade at Tomahawk Intermediate School near Hedgesville, West Virginia, Sponaugle has traveled across the state and country representing her profession.

“It’s been life changing and life defining," Sponaugle said.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Concerns About Road Construction, Beckley Annexation, Teaching Teachers, Charleston's Barbeque

Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NASA Teacher's Workshop Brings Robotics and the Universe into W.Va. Classrooms

Two teachers show off their robot during the "WeDo Robotics!" lesson.
Credit Chris Fleming / STARBASE Martinsburg

Local elementary and middle school teachers in and around the Martinsburg area attended a NASA Teachers Workshop, Wednesday, hosted by STARBASE Martinsburg. Going on its twelfth school year, STARBASE has hosted these workshops each summer to better prepare educators in the ever-evolving field of science and math. But the question is, with all the demands teachers face during the school year, can they effectively take the time for these new resources in their own classrooms?

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Preliminary Findings About January Chemical Spill, PA Water Quality, Turning Around Matewan

Ashton Marra reports on the preliminary findings from federal investigators about the January chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in nine counties.  In Pennsylvania, residents in one town believe gas drilling is contaminating their drinking water.  Clark Davis reports from Matewan as residents work to turn their town around and you'll want to try yoga after young Ian Gardner in Hinton tells you all about it.

http://www.alleghenyfront.org/

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Reconnecting McDowell
2:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Attorney, Teacher & Student Say Reconnecting McDowell is Working

Emily Hicks also spoke during a press conference in West Virginia earlier this year.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A West Virginia corporate attorney, a McDowell County teacher and a high school student traveled across the country to share the good they see coming from the Reconnecting McDowell project.

The three traveled to Los Angeles to speak at the American Federation of Teachers convention about the program they say has changed lives and given the community a new sense of optimism.

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Gubernatorial Appointment
6:53 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Meet David Sneed, New Executive Director of the SBA

Gov. Tomblin appointed 22-year School Building Authority veteran David Sneed to head the agency this week.

Sneed served as the SBA’s chief of architectural services from 1990 until 2012 when he left for a position in the private sector, but Tuesday he returned to the state organization.

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National Geographic
9:54 am
Tue July 1, 2014

National Geographic, NOAA Grant Promotes Understanding of Watersheds

The grant was available for water quality field tests to groups in states that that are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

  A grant is equipping West Virginia geography and science teachers with tools to help better educate young people about watersheds. For one teacher, the chemical spill that left more than 300-thousand without usable water was a wakeup call of just how important this program really is.

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West Virginia Morning
8:29 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Marshall Football Player Tries the Pros Up North and Promoting Clean Watersheds

Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are asking the state Public Service Commission to approve a 17 percent rate hike for their West Virginia customers. Gov. Tomblin appoints a new head to the state School Building authority. A Marshall University player uses his failure to be drafted in the National Football League as motivation to make it in the pros in Canada and a southern West Virginia educators is teaching her students about the important connection between clean watersheds and clean drinking water.

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Gubernatorial Appointments
5:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

W.Va. School Building Authority Gets New Leader and Members

There will be some new faces at the next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed a new executive director and five new members to the SBA.

Tomblin announced Monday that David Sneed will serve as executive director. According to a news release from the Governor’s office, Sneed was the Chief of Architectural Services for the School Building Authority from 1990 until 2012. He has also served as director of school planning in Kanawha County and worked with a private company in educational project planning.

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