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Teacher and students learning about word families
Apr 6, 2021
The pandemic has been a double-edged sword for open education resources (OER) – the resources are ideal for remote and hybrid learning. Still, many educators need support to learn to utilize these relatively new digital tools. I recently spoke with Jean Weller, a technology integration specialist at the Virginia Department of Education, about the Commonwealth’s open education resources initiative, “#GoOpenVA,” and what other states should…
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Thought bubbles showing different ways of thinking and ideas
Mar 29, 2021
In 2020, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 4804, directing the West Virginia Department of Education to assist county school boards with the design and implementation of a teacher leadership (TL) framework. As local WV boards of education and school districts develop their teacher leadership frameworks they will need to identify and define critical knowledge and skills for TL. While local staff may develop their own performance…
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Word bubbles over sketches of people of different color
Mar 22, 2021
Region 5 Comprehensive Center invites state educational leaders to join in a conversation around root causes and possible solutions associated with educator shortages. This past year the pandemic has amplified the growing concern around teacher shortages being experienced by many states. Pressures on educators resulting from the pandemic have contributed to an increase in retirements, a reduction in teacher candidates, and the increased…
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Line of students getting onto a school bus
Mar 15, 2021
By the second week of March, most school districts across Region 5 had begun returning to in-person learning.  Governors, legislatures, and state boards of education in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia were mandating schools reopen classrooms. In most cases, that meant students in grades pre-K-8 returned in-person for instruction 5 days a week while school systems still could keep high schools on “blended” in-person and online…
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Teachers sitting at a table smiling
Mar 1, 2021
In 2020, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 4804, directing the West Virginia Department of Education to assist county school boards with the design and implementation of a teacher leadership framework. As local WV boards of education and school districts develop their teacher leadership frameworks, staff should consider how talent management practices focus on teacher leadership competencies and how teacher leadership talent…

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