State Board

February 3, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 7

State Board / State Department of Education News

 


Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers joined their counterparts in other states on Feb. 1 in celebration of the first Digital Learning Day, part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning.

Digital Learning Day, coordinated by the Alliance for Excellent Education, encourages the innovative use of technology and digital media, and highlights teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students.

“Teachers who embrace digital learning are effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience,” state Supt. Jorea Marple said. Technology has changed the way we do everything from shopping to reading books. It’s time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology so that students and teachers experience what digital technology can do to help our students become `good kids doing great work’ at schools statewide.”

The West Virginia Department of Education has created a web page at http://wvde.state.wv.us/dlday that provides multiple resources teachers and school administrators can use to incorporate digital learning into their schools. Teachers and others were asked to share their successes on Twitter using #WV #DLDAY.

“Digital Learning Day is more than just a day,” former Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, said. “It is about building a digital learning movement that provides teachers with better tools to truly provide a quality education for every child. Simply layering on technology alone will not move the education needle very much. Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning. The time has come to ensure that every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning.”

To learn more about the event, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

 


Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers will join their counterparts in other states during February in celebration of Career Technical Education (CTE) Month.

Nationwide, some 14.4 million secondary and postsecondary students are enrolled in career and technical classes, including more than 160,000 high school students and more than 170,000 adults in West Virginia. Each year, about 25 percent of all high school seniors in West Virginia graduate with four or more career technical courses.

“Today’s career and technical centers must prepare students for a global economy that is vastly different from the agricultural and factory environment that ushered in public school vocational education nearly a century ago,” state Supt. Jorea Marple said. “Career and technical education now is characterized by ever-changing market demands, increasingly sophisticated technology and a need for a more thorough knowledge of business rather than narrow job tasks.”

West Virginia schools will recognize the month with job shadowing and entrepreneurship week events Feb. 18-25 as well as participating in Social Media Advocacy Day activities on Feb. 23. On this day, current and former CTE students, teachers, administrators, business owners and other stakeholders are asked to share their CTE experiences on the Internet.

Career and technical education has a long and rich history in American schools, dating back to the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. This legislation was enacted largely to prepare for jobs created by the industrial revolution and offer an alternative to traditional schools.
Students enrolled in career and technical education gain foundational knowledge and skills for a wide range of careers, including: entrepreneur; automotive technician; architect; carpenter; nursing; dental; medical technician; careers related to food and fiber production and agribusiness; culinary arts; management and life skills; marketing; technology; welder, electrician; and engineering.

The West Virginia Department of Education recognizes the important role career technical education plays. That’s one reason the department is working with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association as well as the oil and gas and mining industries to create career pathways, credentials and skill training to prepare students for a future with these industries. The programs of study provide a skill-based foundation needed for gainful employment or postsecondary education options.

For more information, contact Tracy Chenoweth in the Office of Career and Technical Accountability and Support at 304-558-2389, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

 


The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday sent a message to teachers: The board wants to help them hone their skills with the adoption of statewide professional development goals for 2012-2013.
The goals are designed to help teachers meet the personal needs of all students and elevate the importance of great teachers and learning.

“Teachers are eager to incorporate 21st century skills to their classrooms,” state Supt. Jorea Marple said. “The West Virginia Board of Education and I understand that quality professional development for teachers will determine the success of our children. We want to make sure educators get the quality, research-based professional development they crave.”

The board pledged to provide professional development that:

  1. Aligns with curriculum standards to increase educator effectiveness in the arts, world languages, health, physical education, career/technical, reading/English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  2. Focuses on developing in-depth understanding of the essential features of the growth and development of the personal, physical, social, and emotional needs of each student, including providing students with personalized pathways and guidance to help them have productive and satisfying lives.
  3. Develops the leadership competencies, professional culture, and characteristics necessary to increase the support of teaching and learning

 

 

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved two policy updates, voted to place two other proposed policy change on public comment for 30 days and repealed another.

Board members at their January meeting approved revisions to Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs, and to Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advance Salary Classifications.

Policy 5100 revisions clarify the requirements for adding a new specialization to a professional certificate. The changes call for a supervised performance assessment to be a part of all programs inclusive of endorsements that are not initial licensure programs. The revision also incorporates elementary mathematics specialist standards and updates the Praxis assessment table.

Approved updates to Policy 5202 require that a supervised performance assessment be a part of the process of adding a new specialization to a professional certificate. Changes also incorporate an elementary mathematics endorsement and an elementary mathematics specialist endorsement. The policy also expands the renewal requirements for the chief business official authorization to include professional development approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and makes other minor changes.

Meanwhile, board members voted to place on 30-day public comment proposed updates to Policy 2460, Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet, and Policy 2520.4, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives (CSOs) for Social Studies in West Virginia Schools.

Policy 2460 updates incorporate changes in federal E-rate and Federal Communications Commission guidelines. The updates also align board policy with state law addressing threatening communications by computer, cell phones and other electronic devices. Revisions to Policy 2520.4 update social studies CSOs to align with national standards and assessments and incorporate latest research and best practices.

Board members also repealed Policy 2422.4, AIDS Education Policy, to eliminate redundancies. The policy’s content and guidelines were incorporated into a new health education standards policy approved in December.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

NOTE: All articles provided by the West Virginia Department of Education. For more information, contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699