Education

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Jessica Lilly

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.
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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.

West Liberty University

West Liberty University announced the selection of a new president this week. Dr. Stephen Greiner is currently the president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky, but he will take over as president at West Liberty in January.


Charleston Newspapers

What should children learn in school? It’s a question that’s stirred debate for decades, and in 1974 it led to violent protests in West Virginia. People planted bombs in schools, shot at buses, and shut down coal mines. This week on Inside Appalachia, we feature Charleston native Trey Kay, the host of Us and Them.

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The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former superintendent over her firing.

 The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge's ruling denying its request to dismiss Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

Today Concord University is celebrating a new broadcasting facility on its campus. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Jessica Lilly, a Concord graduate who teaches at the university, spearheaded efforts to get a college radio station up and running.

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