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.

Cecelia Mason

A new study predicts that West Virginia will see smaller high school graduation class sizes and slightly more racial diversity in the coming years.

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission reports that more students are entering four-year colleges in West Virginia this year with almost four percent more freshmen than last year while overall enrollment remains steady.

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A Fun Partnership

Oct 28, 2016

Arnoldsburg Elementary School in Calhoun County partnered with WVPB to present educational activities to engage students while parents met with teachers for conferences! Students found that activities can be both fun and educational. The evening was spent determining where the ideal cargo location would be for paper airplanes to complete a mission. Another STEM activity included designing the tallest free standing structures using only pipe-cleaners. Word spiders and Halloween pictures of...

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West Virginia high school students have achieved the state’s highest graduation rate on record. During the 2015-2016 school year, West Virginia graduated 89.8 percent of its high school seniors.

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The U.S. secretary of education has called West Virginia's early learning program a good model for the country. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. praised the state for its commitment to early education during an event at the West Virginia Department of Education's headquarters on Thursday.

SMART Board Games

Oct 6, 2016

Here is our collection of interactive games for educators on PBS KIDS . Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why and Arthur. Like our programs, all of our games are age-appropriate and vetted by educators. Many of the PBS character computer games provided for you all in one place. Take your early math and reading learners on adventures with their favorite...

SHOW YOUR STRENGTH! How do you construct a building that is strong and safe? What are the best shapes to use?
Can you collaborate with team members to build a really strong structure? West Virginia LearningMedia not only curates great digital resources to bring into the classroom, it allows you to create storyboards that can group resources together to illustrate a point. Challenge your students to test their domes!

Rocket Boys Meet

Oct 3, 2016

At this year's annual Rocket Boys Festival, a special PBS KIDS guest landed in Beckely to check out the activity. The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia sponsored Jet's excursion. While in Beckely watched rockets being built and greeted some of his fans. Jet got a special treat as he also met West Virginia's own Rocket Boy, Home Hickam. Check out Jet on READY JET GO ! weekdays at 7:30 a. and 4p. on WVPB. Travel with Jet and his friends as they explore the universe.

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West Virginia's Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano has announced he'll leave his post on June 30 next year to be closer to family in his home state of Maryland. Martirano took over the office in September 2014.

The West Virginia State Museum unveiled its Elementary Edition of West Virginia A Digital Primer . The online resource, two and a half years in the making, covers grades K-5 social studies West Virginia History Standards. The site provides interactive content for students and teachers. Nancy Herholdt , Education Manager in the Museum was thrilled to get the project launched. "Where there was no text that met our needs, teachers and others have collaborated to produce a resource that answers...

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One year into a long-term study of the state’s universal pre-K system, researchers say the program is improving achievement for students. The West Virginia Department of Education announced the longitudinal study of the state’s pre-K system a year ago, partnering with Marshall University and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics? The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

A new analysis of West Virginia educator data shows school administrators have a higher rate of turnover than classroom teachers in the state. The analysis is part of regional study focused on the retention and attrition rates of West Virginia educators.

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The Fayette County Board of Education has passed a resolution in support of proposed changes to a plan to fix education facilities there. The Register-Herald reports the board passed the resolution Monday in a 4-1 vote.

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In an effort to combat students' low access rates to high-speed broadband, Monongalia County Schools will issue Chromebooks to all of its students in the third grade and above in November. A Chromebook, a laptop and operating system by Google, will allow each student to download web pages using the school's WiFi to use for homework at home, where he or she may not have internet access. Clay-Battelle High School already achieved one-to-one last year, after a project to distribute broadband to its students for free using abandoned television and radio channels stalled.

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Statewide standardized test results show West Virginia students are improving in both math and English under Common Core education standards, but West Virginia teachers will be teaching under new standards this school year.


Aug 3, 2016

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Camp Focuses on SciGirls! The Clay Center for the Arts and Science used the PBS Kids Sci Girls program as a basis for its Sci Girls Summer Camp. This year the Clay Center wanted to encourage young girls’ interest in all things science. They turned to the PBS Kids Sci Girls for inspiration. SciGirls is a show for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each episode follows a different group of middle school...