April 5, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 17


The West Virginia Department of Education has created an online tool to match teacher candidates and prospective teachers with counties experiencing critical personnel shortages.

The West Virginia Critical Needs listing webpage is posted at Personnel directors can add or update their county’s needs for the 2013-2014 school year at In addition, prospective teachers can visit to access the critical needs listing as well as the K-12 Job Bank. Critical need areas are defined as subjects or locations that do not have sufficient numbers of teachers to fill vacancies. Although counties may experience shortages in any subject, many struggle most finding math, science, special education and foreign language teachers.

“Educators and policymakers are continually searching for new ways to recruit and retain excellent public school teachers,” state Supt. Jim Phares said. “This online tool will allow counties to find the best candidates to meet their local needs.”

West Virginia has a highly experienced teaching corps. However, many are quickly reaching retirement age. Of the 24,559 teachers working in West Virginia public schools, 10,806, or 44 percent, have or will have reached retirement age within the next five years. The critical needs listing is one way the state Department of Education is working to address the issue.

Additionally, the West Virginia Board of Education has endorsed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s educational agenda, which allows non-traditional teachers through programs such as Teach for America to be placed in critical need areas with a shortage of educators. Teach for America is an AmeriCorps-style service program that recruits new college graduates to teach in mostly rural and urban school districts in the country.

For more information, contact Robert Mellace at 304-558-5325 or



The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday voted to revise state policy outlining standards for the state’s career and technical education centers.

Revisions to Policy 2520.13, Common Core Content Standards for Career and Technical Education in West Virginia Schools, put into place the National Common Career and Technical Core, Career Ready Practices, as well as the content skill sets defined for each state-approved career and technical concentrations and courses offered in West Virginia. In addition, the policy update repeals earlier standards approved in 2005.

By adopting the national practices, West Virginia provides its schools with a comprehensive guide for delivering a relevant career technical education curriculum. The changes enhance the content taught in career technical education programs and raises the rigor to provide skills necessary for employment in today’s economy. The updated guidelines allow students in the majority of career technical education pathways to earn a credential and also raise accountability for mastery of content.

"As we work with Gov. Tomblin, the Legislature, parents, teachers and others to improve student achievement in West Virginia, we must remember the important role career technical education plays,” Supt. Jim Phares said. “The ultimate goal is for West Virginia’s students to achieve academically and to readily learn job skills that prepare them for college and careers.”

One way the state Department of Education is working to help educators incorporate the standards into their lessons is with a new online resource, in|site. The website ( offers learning options at a click to both academic and career technical teachers.

The innovative system assists academic and career technical teachers in locating quality instructional resources to use in their classrooms and it allows for the implementation of cross-curricular projects. It also includes an online learning resource for students.

“In|Site is our version of the Staples Easy Button, providing an easy link to learning connections,” Phares said. “In|Site is where career technical education and academics interface.”



The West Virginia Department of Education and the National Youth Science Camp are looking for promising high school students to attend the third annual West Virginia Science Camp.

Launched in 2011, the West Virginia Youth Science Camp is designed to promote the study of science statewide. This year, the camp will include a free nine-day residential experience for one rising 10th grader from all 55 counties at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley from July 15 to July 23.

The science camp will give promising West Virginia students the opportunity to experience science in the real world and prepare them for deeper levels of scientific investigation and understanding,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares. “Participants will be challenged academically and also will have opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors and establish friendships that promise to last a lifetime.”

The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is administered by the National Youth Science Foundation and funded by the West Virginia Department of Education. The camp is modeled after the national science program held in Pocahontas County every summer for the past 50 years.

Counties are responsible for selecting and submitting the name of one student to attend and may select up to nine alternatives. County superintendents will make their selections from applications submitted by their local high schools. High schools must select their student nominees by April 17. Superintendents must submit their final list of applicants by April 24. Applications and additional information are posted at Completed forms should be sent to WVYSC, P.O. Box 3387, Charleston, WV 25333.

For more information, contact Marty Burke at 304-558-5325 or by e-mail, or the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.



The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Programs, has posted the annual funding application for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B on its website at for public review and comment. To receive federal IDEA funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the state is required to publish the proposed plan at least 60 days prior to the date on which the plan is submitted, with an opportunity for public comment on the plan to be accepted for at least 30 days.

Public comments on the application will be accepted through April 30, 2013. A Comment Response Form is posted. Please submit comment forms by mail to the West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Programs (OSP) at the address indicated on the form, by fax to 304-558-3741 or by e-mail to

For more information, contact the Office of Special Programs at 800-642-8541, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.



Earthwatch Institute: Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully-funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of over 100 projects around the world.
Maximum Award: fully-funded fellowship.
Eligibility: Elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators of any discipline.
Deadline: Two weeks after educator-interest application is submitted; ultimate deadline May 1, 2013.

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence in Educating Students about Math, Science, Technology and Engineering
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: Current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: Rolling.

Actuarial Foundation: Advancing Student Achievement
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement grant program brings together actuaries and educators in local classrooms with the belief that interaction with real-world mentors will boost student interest and achievement in math. The Actuarial Foundation can provide a local network of actuaries ready to participate, as well as suggestions on how to integrate math concepts from the workplace into the classroom. Schools applying for grants will be given wide latitude in designing programs that enhance learning and create a "love of math" in each student.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: All schools willing to undertake a math-mentoring program involving local actuaries as volunteers are eligible. However, in order for a program to be viable, there must be a sufficient population of volunteer actuaries within easy traveling distance to make a regular program possible.
Deadline: None, but applications should be received at least one or two months prior to proposed start date.

AIAA Foundation: Grants for Excellence
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering.
Eligibility: Current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators.
Maximum Award: $200.
Deadline: Rolling.

Allstate: Grants for National and Local Programs
The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs for new partnerships that fit within its current focus areas of Teen Safe Driving and Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: Rolling.

American Councils for Education
the American Councils for Education, in association with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking to place five young professionals in non-governmental internships across the country during the fall intern season (September-December). Prospective interns will be arriving in the United States in mid-August under the auspices of the federally funded Legislative Education and Practice program (LEAP) and will be ready to report to work in early September. LEAP Fellows are dedicated public servants between 23 and 33 years of age from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. They are college-educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), speak fluent English, have had previous U.S.-based experience, and are eager to learn how Americans address rule of law, civil society, work in advocacy, infrastructure, energy, human rights, and related topics, so that they may better their own societies. Interns will be available to work a full-time schedule and will be fully supported by American Councils and the U.S. Department of States in terms of compensation, health insurance, etc. To learn more, please contact RaeJean Stokes at 202-833-7522 or via email at:

Barnes and Noble Grants
Barnes and Noble booksellers is considering requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12). Applicants must have a plan for promoting the grants program with Barnes and Noble and must be willing to work with the local stores on in-store programming.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: Nonprofits that focus on art, literacy, or education (K-12).
Deadline: Rolling.

Best Buy: Teach@15 Award
The Teach@15 Award program improves classroom learning by helping schools (grades 7-12) meet technology needs. A teen member (age 13-18) who is a registered member on can nominate his/her school to win a Teach@15 Award.
Maximum Award: $1,500 in the form of Best Buy Gift Cards.
Eligibility: Accredited, nonprofit junior or senior public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter high schools in the U.S. serving any grades 7-12.
Deadline: Ongoing.

Campbell’s: Labels for Education
The Campbell’s, Inc., Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: Schools or parents coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools.
Deadline: N/A.

C-SPAN: Video Archive Grants
C-SPAN Archives Grants give teachers videotapes from the extensive collection in the C-SPAN Archives for creative proposals that use the network's programming in the classroom or in research projects.
Eligibility: Middle and high school teachers and college/university professors.
Maximum Award: Use of archive tapes.
Deadline: N/A.

Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants Program
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program gives funds to groups and individuals to foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 institutions.
Deadline: Rolling.

Comcast Grants for Diversity-Oriented Program
The Comcast Foundation is awarding grants to maximize the impact of community investments so they yield tangible, measurable benefits to the neighborhoods Comcast serves and the people who live there. The Foundation's primary focus is in funding diversity-oriented programs that address literacy, volunteerism, and youth leadership development.
Maximum Award: $500,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations operating within communities that Comcast serves.
Deadline: N/A.
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Critical Exposure: Through Your Lens
The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone with a view of our nation's school buildings to show the world what you see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launched February 1, 2011.

Do Something: Seed Grants
Do Something Seed Grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start programs and realize ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of the project and organization to help as the project expands.
Maximum Award: $500.
Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens aged 25 or under.
Deadline: Rolling.

Driver's Edge: Driving Instruction
Driver's Edge empowers young drivers through a combination of classroom discussions and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction to erase the "Fast and the Furious" and video-game mentality that many of today's young drivers have and that has skyrocketed automobile fatalities. The program is free.
Eligibility: Students between the ages of 15 and 21 who have a learner's permit or driver's license.
Deadline: See tour schedule for relevant dates.

Earthwatch: Education Fellowships
The Earthwatch Institute offers educators fully funded fellowships for hands-on learning with leading scientists doing field research and conservation on one of 130 projects. Earthwatch's Education Fellowships are national in scope, and supported by a wide range of businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Maximum Award: Full cost of expedition, including all research costs, meals, housing, on-site travel, etc.
Eligibility: K-12 classroom educators of any subject(s) from public or private schools nationwide.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the spring.

ePals, Inc.: free In2Books curriculum
In2Books, the curriculum-based e-mentoring program from ePals, Inc., will be offered for free to some Title I schools. Students participating in In2Books select and read age-appropriate, high-quality books from a list compiled by a team of children's literature experts. The students are matched with carefully screened adult pen pals who read the same books as the students. After reading each book, students and their pen pals exchange thoughts about the important issues in the book via online letters. Teachers reinforce these activities in the classroom with related lessons and discussion.
Maximum Award: The online program, books and professional development (valued at more than $500).
Eligibility: All 3rd-5th grade classrooms in Title I schools from any one district.

Fund for Teachers: Grants
The Fund for Teachers provides funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made.
Deadline: Varies by state.

Fund for Teachers: Grants for Travel
The Fund for Teachers makes direct grants to teachers for summer learning opportunities of their own design.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Teachers K-12 with a minimum of three years teaching experience; teachers must be full-time and spend at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom when grants are approved and made.
Deadline: Varies by state.

Funding for Teachers to Bring Monarch Butterflies into the Classroom
The Live Monarch Foundation Educator Outreach Program provides funding for teachers throughout the United States to enroll in the National Campaign to bring Monarch Butterflies into the classroom. This program provides education and materials to strengthen the Monarch's 3,000 mile migratory route within North America by creating self-sustaining butterfly gardens and refuges. Current extreme weather has eliminated early milkweed growth... participation is critical. Materials will be provided for each participant to raise a virtual butterfly and start a real butterfly garden with professional instruction on each level of its maintenance and care, with insight into the shared responsibility of each person to protect our fragile environment one backyard at a time.
Maximum Award: N/A.
Eligibility: Teachers and classrooms in areas on the monarch migratory route.
Deadline: Rolling.

Grants for Math Mentoring Programs
The Actuarial Foundation Advancing Student Achievement Mentoring Program awards grants to schools and groups to develop a viable mentoring program involving actuaries in the teaching of mathematics to children in private and public schools. Collaboration among school systems, local actuarial clubs, corporations and other stakeholders in education is encouraged in order to enhance the chances of success, particularly on a long-term basis.
Maximum Award: $30,000.
Eligibility: All schools and groups willing to undertake a math mentoring program that involves local actuaries as volunteers.
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Nonprofit Music Programs
The Guitar Center Music Foundation's mission is to aid nonprofit music programs across America that offer music instruction so that more people can experience the joys of making music.
Maximum Award: $5000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Qualifying applicants are established, ongoing and sustainable music programs across the United States that provide music instruction for people of any age who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make music.
Deadline: N/A.

Grants to Support Education, Child Advocacy, Medical Research and the Arts
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research and the arts.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions.
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Early Literary Professionals
RA & RR Reading Conference Grants are available to help fund expenses for selected early literacy professionals attending International Reading Association or Reading Recovery conferences.
Maximum Award: $200.
Eligibility: Early literacy professionals (grades K-3).
Deadline: N/A.

Grants for Foreign Language Training
The U.S. Department of Education's International Education Programs Service (IEPS) offers funding to promote expertise and competence in foreign languages and area and international studies. The Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by U.S. teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States and a faculty member in modern foreign languages or area studies; a teacher in an elementary or secondary school; or an experienced educator responsible for planning, conducting, or supervising programs in modern foreign languages or area studies at the elementary, secondary, or postsecondary levels.
Deadline: See website.

High Tech Camp for Girls
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry and gives young people a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology. During the camp, girls are exposed to executive speakers, technology tours and demonstrations, networking and hands-on learning workshops.
Maximum Award: Camp attendance.
Eligibility: Girls grades 7-12; must be 13 at the time of attendance.
Deadline: Varies; see website.

Lockheed Martin: Grants for Education
Lockheed Martin provides grants for K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. This includes Lockheed Martin's K-12 STEM Education Initiative, Engineers in the Classroom, as well as STEM-focused curricular and extracurricular programs that provide employee engagement opportunities in a community in which Lockheed Martin has employees or business interests.
Maximum Award: Varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that deliver standards-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to students in K-16.
Deadline: Rolling.

MetLife/NASSP: National Principal of the Year
The MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Any principal, headmaster, or leader of a public or private middle-level or high school from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, or the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Middle-level and high schools are defined as those containing some portion of grades 6 through 12; candidates must have served as a principal at one or more middle-level or high schools for three years or longer. Each candidate must be a principal or headmaster and member of NASSP and his or her state affiliate association at the time of selection as state principal of the year. For national finalists, these conditions must also be met at the time of national principal of the year interviews in August and at the national winner announcements in September.
Deadline: Varies by state; see website.

Microsoft: DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. During the camp session, girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook, NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis, MO.
Maximum Award: Free attendance to camp.
Eligibility: Girls grades 9-11 in the 2010-2011 school year and at least age 13 at time of application, with the exception of the Fargo, ND and Las Colinas, TX locations, where eligibility is restricted to grades 7-10 and 8-11, respectively.
Deadline: Varies by location.

NAA: Young Publishers Program
The Newspaper Association of America Foundation Young Publishers program is designed to help high school students and advisers learn the skills required for success in newspaper publishing through the development of a business plan. To accomplish this, students and advisers must interact with and be mentored by volunteers from the local newspaper as the business plan is crafted.
Maximum Award: $2,500.
Eligibility: Schools with a high proportion of minority students or located in and drawing its students from a rural area; must be able to demonstrate that its student newspaper is either struggling to exist or has ceased to exist.
Deadline: Rolling; applications must be submitted at least five weeks before program is to begin.

NASSP/Virco: Assistant Principle of the Year
The NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle-level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: Any assistant principal or equivalent (e.g., vice principal, associate principal, or dean) of a public or private middle school or high school who has been in an assistant principalship at one or more middle-level or high schools for a minimum of two years and is a member of NASSP and their state affiliate association.
Deadline: Varies by state; see website.

National Audubon Society: Pennies for the Planet
Pennies for the Planet helps young people get involved with conservation by taking part in local conservation action projects, and by collecting, saving, and sending in pennies for national and worldwide conservation projects. In this year's Pennies for the Planet campaign, students and their families can learn about three conservation projects around the U.S. that need help. Each Pennies project represents a conservation effort that will leave a legacy for future generations.
Maximum Award: National Audubon Society staff will visit prize-winning school to create a program about wildlife and wild places.
Eligibility: Kids working in classrooms, clubs, Scout troops, other groups, and on their own.
Deadline: N/A.

Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Scholastic Lexus Environmental Challenge program is designed to educate and empower students to take action to improve the environment. The program encourages middle and high school students to develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. Middle and high school teams comprised of 5 to 10 students and one teacher advisor are invited to participate in four initial challenges, each addressing a different environmental element -- land, water, air, and climate.
Maximum Award: $75,000.
Eligibility: Students in grades 6-12 and their teachers.
Deadline: Varies.

USGA/Alliance: Grants for the Good
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport. They especially encourage inclusive programming- opportunities that allow participants with disabilities and participants without disabilities to learn and play the game side by side.
Maximum Award: $20,000.
Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such as public schools or municipalities.
Deadline: Rolling.

VSP: Sight for Students
Sight for Students is a VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eye care services. Parents and guardians interested in seeking assistance through the Sight for Students program must work through VSP's established network of community partners. VSP does not issue gift certificates directly to the public.
Eligibility: There are five basic qualifications a child must meet in order to receive a Sight for Students gift certificate: family income is no more than 200 percent of federal poverty level (see website for chart); child is not enrolled in Medicaid or other vision insurance; child is 18 years old or younger and has not graduated from high school; child or parent is a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant with a social security number; and child has not used the Sight for Students program during the past 12 months.
Deadline: N/A.