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Education Summit
7:55 am
Mon October 20, 2014

2nd Annual West Virginia Education Summit

 The Education Alliance, in collaboration with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, hosted the second annual West Virginia Education Summit on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Business, community, education and legislative leaders are all part of this innovative discuss on how we can work together to achieve excellence in education in West Virginia.

You can watch the Education Summit right here.

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Health & Science
4:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Henry Winkler Visits with Jackson County Students About Growing Up Dyslexic

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

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Higher Education
3:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Campaign to Finish Degrees On Time Comes to W.Va.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission kicked off an initiative in Charleston Tuesday meant to push college students across the state to finish their degrees on time.

The ‘15 to Finish’ campaign’s main goal is to encourage students to take 15 credit hours a semester in order to finish their 4-year-degrees in four years.

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Heritage Day
10:49 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Mercer Co. School Celebrates Appalachian Heritage

Students listen to a monologue about the first settlers of Mercer County.

An event in Southern West Virginia was designed to give students a sense of place and pride. Athens Elementary hosted Appalachian Heritage Day on Friday.

Some presentations included home remedies, historical monologs, and more.

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Race Relations
7:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Sixty Years Ago: Black and White at East-West

Credit Courtesy D. D. Meighen

Sixty years ago this week, two Marion County Schools - Dunbar High School and Fairmont Senior High School - met for the first – and last – time on the football field. Local historians say it was the first gridiron meeting in West Virginia of an all-black school and an all-white school. It came amid the tensions surrounding that year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on school segregation.

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Education
8:25 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Gov. Launches My State, My Life Campaign

W. Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

  WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is kicking off a $300,000 advertising push to promote education beyond high school.
 
     Gov.  Tomblin announced the initiative at Wayne High School on Wednesday.
 
     The My State, My Life campaign will focus on television, radio, movie theaters, print distribution and social media.
 
     The campaign targets middle- and high-school students. Its messaging stresses that students can build dream careers in West Virginia, but need to take charge of their lives and educations.
 

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Stereotypes
9:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Rising Above Appalachian Stereotypes for a Higher Education

Dr. Sarah Beasley, Concord University Director of Retention

While it’s no longer politically correct to use racist, or gender-related remarks that stereotype groups of people, what about negative West Virginian or Appalachian stereotypes?

Appalachians are commonly stereotyped as white, lazy, tobacco smoking, overall-wearing, poor farmers with poor dental hygiene, no indoor plumbing, and no shoes.

So how does that influence the pursuit of an education? Well it depends on the individual Appalachian mindset. The conversation about the connection and possible impact continues with this second report.

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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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Inside Appalachia
5:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Mixed Feelings About Gas Industry Growth in West Virginia, Exploring What's in a Virginia Name

WVDEP's drilling map
Credit Department of Environmental Protection

  

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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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