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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 McElwee said the current system which follows old outdated standards isn’t working.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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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat June 28, 2014

A Former Coal Miner Promotes Green Energy, Synchonizing Fireflies, Memories of Frog Hunting and More

One Virginia man spreads the gospel of green.

There are fireflies in Pennsylvania that blink together.

More women are taking on the role of farmer.

A Tennessee writer has fond memories of hunting frogs.

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New River Community and Technical College
2:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Deal Offers New Certification and College Credit to High School Students

New River Community and Technical College and the state Board of Education are partnering to offer students a pathway to careers in automotive technology.

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11:26 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Transformation Model Turns Around West Virginia High School

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Over the past few years, Richwood High School has turned itself around from one of the poorest performing schools to being named one of US News and World Reports 2014 Bronze Schools. Students, under the direction of teacher Susan Johnson, are part of the PBS Newshour’s Student Reporting Labs and are helping tell the story. They produced a video which was shown at the school's public ceremony recognizing the schools turnaround, which was attended by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares. He was so impressed, he invited the producers and school officials to last week's meeting in Charleston where the school was honored with a resolution and the video was show to the entire board. The board intends to add it to their own website and use it in further training. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Charleston Television Production Supervisor Chuck Frostick serves as a mentor for the students on the project.
The West Virginia State Board of Education invited Richwood High School, a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab from Richwood, West Virginia, to its June meeting to present a video they produced about the school's improvement process.
Original Stories Now Go to National Contest Level
1:12 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

12 Young Authors Selected as Local Winners in PBS KIDS Writers Contest

12 Young Authors Selected as Local Winners of the PBS Kids Writers Contest

Twelve young authors from West Virginia have been selected as local winners of the PBS KIDS Writers Contest, which encourages children grades K-3 to celebrate the power of writing by creating and submitting original storybooks. 

This year’s winners were chosen from 101 representing 16 schools.

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College Savings
9:53 am
Wed May 28, 2014

College Savings Event Planned in Charleston

Credit Flickr / davidwilson1949

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.

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Concord University Track & Field
9:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Concord Student Claims Sixth All-American Honor at National Championships

Shawnee Carnett

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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Higher Education
11:19 am
Tue May 27, 2014

CTCs Helping Students Get Out of Developmental 'Quicksand'

Chancellor James Skidmore explains a new approach to developmental education during the May West Virginia Board of Education meeting.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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Inside Appalachia Podcast
6:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Preserving Appalachia's Heritage, Saving an Old Theater, Looking For A Special Bird and More

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.

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