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Apr 19, 2021
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (R) recently offered education savings accounts (ESAs) for students in the Mountain State by signing House Bill 2013 into law, creating the “Hope Scholarship Program.” Typically, ESA programs provide a set amount of money, based on per-pupil funding for public schools, into a bank account for families who have chosen to withdraw their children from public schools. Families can use these funds to cover a…
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Apr 13, 2021
Research suggests when policies and practices related to professional learning are grounded in what quality teacher professional learning looks like, they can support and ultimately incentivize teachers to change their practices to support all students’ development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to thrive. Additional research challenges assumptions of a clear-cut path to fostering the widespread improvement of teaching (…
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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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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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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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