March 31, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 9


The West Virginia Department of Education Office of Special Programs (OSP) has posted the annual funding application for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 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, the state is required to publish the proposed plan at least 60 days prior to the date on which the plan is submitted and to accept public comment.

Public comments on the application will be accepted through April 30, 2017.  A Comment Response Form is posted.  Please submit comment forms by mail to the West Virginia OSP at the address indicated on the form, by fax to (304) 558-3741 or by e-mail to  For assistance, contact the OSP at (800) 642-8541.

West Virginia high schools are encouraged to participate in West Virginia Lemonade Day. It is a free educational program designed to teach young people how to start, own and operate their own businesses. Mentorship opportunities are available for high schools that want to participate. A complete list of required partner commitments and other information are available from the West Virginia Lemonade Day Director, Jennifer Wotring, at or 304-296-9021, extension 14.

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking 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, 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,” state Supt. Michael Martirano said. “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 178,000 children in West Virginia, about 63 percent of school children, depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, yet only about 10,000 receive the free meals provided by the Summer Food Service Program.

“In 2016, 485 Summer Food Program sites provided nutritious meals to children in West Virginia, and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2017,” Amanda Harrison, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition, said. “We encourage new organizations in communities all across the state to join us so the number of sites can grow and more children have access to healthy meals.”

Organizations interested in becoming 2017 summer sponsors should contact Cybele Boehm with the Office of Child Nutrition at cboehm@k12.wv.usor by calling (304) 558-2709. Summer sites will be announced in May.

Many teachers take advantage of professional development sites that allow them to earn badges for viewing webinars or engaging in user communities to make better use of tools in their classrooms. A new entry in this field is Apple Education, which is giving teachers the opportunity to learn about iOS and Mac tools and integrate them into their instruction.

The Apple Teacher program, which was introduced in 2016, provides an online portal and a learning community to which teachers can gain access with their Apple identifications through their iTunes accounts. They can earn badges to monitor the tools they master.

The program allows teachers to proceed at their own paces and take quizzes when they are ready. They can find starter guides for overviews with interactive content for each individual tool. By using the starter guides and exploring the tools, teachers can generate ideas for use in their classrooms. Also, by using the #AppleTeacher hashtag, teachers can join a community of educators to share experiences.

The Apple Teacher program is one way that teachers enhance their knowledge and skills beyond what they learn in professional development workshops. 

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