March 8, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 9


Gov. Justice Signs Bill Expanding Computer Science Education at West Virginia Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va.– The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recognized 83 educators as part of the 2018 National Board Certification Recognition Celebration this week. The honorees represent 51 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 32 educators who successfully renewed their certification.

The recognition ceremony occurred March 1

National Board Certification is among the highest standard credential for educators in the United States. The process can take up to three years and requires the successful completion of four components: content knowledge, differentiation in instruction, teaching practice and learning environment, and effective/reflective practice.

West Virginia’s support of the program has led to the state ranking 15th in the nation for the percentage of National Board Certified Teachers, and 24th for the number of NBCTs (996). In addition to an annual $3,500 salary supplement provided by the WVDE, most counties also support NBCTs with additional salary enhancements. WVDE provides mentors to help assist those pursuing their certification, and it also reimburses the $1,900 in fees associated with the application process.

“National Board Certified Teachers illustrate the best in their field because they have voluntarily invested time, energy and resources to increase their own professional learning while elevating student learning in the process,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “The effect this national certification has on teaching and the impact it has on learning among high-needs students has been proven.”

According to data from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Board-certified teachers produce one to two months of additional learning because of their deep understanding of teaching strategies, individualized student learning and content knowledge. The impact is even greater among low-income and minority students.

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is seeking partnerships with organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months. When school is out of session during the summer months, community programs and organizations are vital to ensuring children in West Virginia are still receiving the nutrition they need, especially in low-income areas.

County boards of education, local government agencies and other nonprofit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which ensures children (ages 18 and under) in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer when they do not have access to the programs that are available to them during the school year, like the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. Feeding sites often include schools, churches, community centers, pools, parks, libraries, housing complexes and summer camps.

“Supporting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. “Children require consistent, good-quality nutrition for development of their minds and bodies. We want to make certain every child returns to the classroom in the fall ready to learn.”

An average of 208,000 children in West Virginia or about 76 percent of school children, depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, yet only about 21,000 receive the free meals provided by the SFSP.

“In 2018, 554 Summer Food Program sites provided nutritious meals to children in West Virginia and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2019,” said Amanda Harrison, Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition. “We encourage new organizations in communities all across the Mountain State to join us so the number of sites can grow and more children have access to healthy meals.”

Organizations interested in becoming a 2019 summer sponsor should contact Cybele Boehm or Samantha Reeves with the Office of Child Nutrition by calling (304) 558-3396. Summer sites will be announced in June 2019.

For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 or Kristin.anderson@k12.wv.us.