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Three teachers
Jun 14, 2021
West Virginia Legislature House Bill 4804 provides an opportunity for school districts to design teacher leader roles that can provide teachers with opportunities for advancement without leaving the classroom. The Teacher Leadership funding provides for multiple leadership opportunities including training and salary stipends for the roles. School districts can take several approaches to identify and designing pertinent teacher leadership roles…
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Field of tulips
Jun 7, 2021
Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten opened the May 27 Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative meeting by describing the creativity she's seeing from school districts and their partners as summer learning and enrichment programs open throughout the nation. Dr. Marten emphasized that summer learning needs to be sustainable beyond this summer. She called the collaborative a broad community of practice designed to reopen schools safely,…
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Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative logo
May 27, 2021
As the school year is ending, schools and districts are finalizing their plans for summer learning programs. Unlike in previous years, state and local education agencies have unprecedented federal funding to support and expand their summer learning and enrichment programs. The additional funding provides education agencies with an exciting opportunity to focus on need-based priorities instead of traditional ones. To help with this, the Summer…
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Statue "The Thinker"
May 25, 2021
For school districts that may need to reduce spending and potentially lay off employees, “Reducing District Budgets Responsibly” ( argues for delaying educator pay raises or furloughing non-working staff to reduce layoffs. This recommendation is based on research that demonstrates the large-scale reductions in force (RIFs) have negative consequences on student learning beyond just losing the individual teacher and even when teachers…
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Graphic depicting continuous feedback loops
May 18, 2021
Web developers try to take into account the user’s experience and goals when designing a website. However, as time passes, even the best-designed website requires adaptation to meet its users' changing goals and needs. As part of an open educational resources (OER) initiative, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) launched the #GoOpenVA website. The website allows Virginia teachers to create and share resources designed for Virginia…

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