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Item #1: Middle Level Courses-New Fall 2016

Two new eLearning for Educators middle level educator courses will open for course registration on September 1, 2016. Registration instructions may be accessed from https://wvde.state.wv.us/elearning/registration.php. Please contact Donna Landin, dlandin@k12.wv.us, if you have questions regarding individual, team or school registration for one or both courses.

Course #1: The Developmentally Responsive Middle School
Course participants will examine the growth and restructuring of middle schools as described in theThis We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents 2003,Turning Points 2000andThe National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform publications. Throughout the course there will be a targeted focus upon developmentally responsive middle grades characteristics, practices and principles that address the needs of young adolescents. During the course participants will identify the stages of team development, evaluate research findings that address common planning time and effective interdisciplinary teaming, review recommendations regarding interdisciplinary teaming and common team planning and then examine the practices at the school where they teach or work. Participants will identify and compare effective flexible scheduling options, review recommendations regarding scheduling options, examine the schedule at the school where they teach or work and then apply recommendations regarding scheduling options to their school and team's current schedule. This course will conclude with content specific to middle level leadership and school culture through the review of teacher collaboration models, the identification of characteristics specific to effective middle school leadership programs that are essential to improved instruction and learning and responsive to middle level students, teachers and administrators.

Course #2: Teaching and Learning in the Developmentally Responsive Middle School
Course participants will identify characteristics of challenging, relevant, active and integrated approaches to learning in the middle grades, determine the qualities of developmentally responsive instruction, and evaluate the current status of instructionin their school. Participants will also determine the qualities of developmentally appropriate advisory and exploratory programs and evaluate the current status of middle grades exploratory and advisory in their school. This course will conclude with the review of methods by which many data points may be identified and utilized to guide instruction and improve student learning, determine developmentally responsive and appropriate assessment practices specific to your middle level instruction, and analyze developmentally responsive and appropriate grading practices specific to middle level instruction.


Item #2: Fall 2016 - New Early Learning WVLearns Professional and Personalized e-Learning for Educators Courses
ELSF Social and Emotional for Pre-k Educators
ELSF Math and Science for Pre-K Educators
Balanced Reading Diet Grades K-5
Text Sets Grades des K-5
Word Study Grades 3-5



Item #3: Early Childhood Course Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher Assistants may begin registering for the Fall 2016 early childhood courses on August 1, 2016 via the following website: https://wvde.state.wv.us/apps/oel-pd/.

Pre-K Lead Teachers may begin registering for the Fall 2016 early childhood courses on  September 1, 2016 via the following website: https://wvde.state.wv.us/apps/oel-pd/.