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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/.

Item #4: Alternative routes in special education:

General Requirements:
In order to enroll in an alternative route to certification for a general education endorsement (limited to the special education classroom), an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. possess the minimum of a bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  2. meet the proficiency scores on the Praxis I or qualify for an exemption
  3. complete a West Virginia State Police and FBI background check

Certified Special Education Teachers Who Need Content to Meet the Definition of Highly Qualified Special Education Teacher:

The West Virginia Department of Education has WVBE-approval to offer an alternative certification program for special education teachers to gain a content endorsement(s) in English and mathematics as well as biology, general science and/or social studies. The program results in the completion of an academic major (21 semester hours) of coursework in the appropriate content area. The 21 semester hours consist of 15 hours of content-specific coursework or equivalent professional development, three hours of content-specific methods, and three hours of reading in the specific content area.

Coursework or Equivalent Professional Development Required for Content Endorsements 
English 
  • English Composition 1 AND
  • English Composition 2 AND
  • English or World Literature 1 AND
  • English or World Literature 2 AND
  • Children OR Adolescent Literature AND
  • Content-Specific Methods AND
  • Reading in the Content
Mathematics 
  • General Mathematics AND
  • College Algebra AND
  • Geometry AND
  • Elementary Statistics AND
  • Computers/Mathematics AND
  • Content-Specific Methods AND
  • Reading in the Content

The WVLearns online professional development program provides professional development course bundles* to meet the following course requirements:

Bundle 1:  Child/Adolescent Literature

  • Making the Most of Adolescent Literature
  • Helping Struggling Readers Improve Comprehension
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Area

Bundle 2:  English Comp I

  • Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support Writing
  • Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning-project emphasis upon the writing process
  • Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom

Bundle 3:  ELA Content Methods

  • 21st  Century Teaching and Learning in the Reading Language Arts Classroom
  • Intel Teach:  Thinking Critically with Data
  • Using Digital Portfolios--with a focus on writing, research and presentation standards

Bundle 4:  Reading in the Content

  • Improving Reading and Writing in the Content Area
  • Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom
  • Differentiating Instruction--with a focus on reading in the content

Bundle 5:  General Math (3 of the following 4)

  • Using Real Data in the Math Classroom
  • Using Patterns to Develop Algebraic Thinking
  • Getting Ready for Algebra Using Virtual Manipulatives
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom—project emphasis on algebra

Bundle 6:  Geometry (3 of the 4)

  • Proportional Reasoning
  • Geometric Measurement
  • Math 1:  Geometry
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom—project emphasis on geometry

Bundle 7: College Algebra

  • College Algebra
  • Math 1 Functions
  • Using Digital Portfolios--with a focus on college algebra


Bundle 8:  Elementary Statistics

  • Using Data in the Math Classroom (Focus on mathematics grades 6-12)
  • Math 1 Statistics
  • Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning--with a focus on elementary statistics


Bundle 9:  Physical Science

  • Inquiry in Science Using the Internet Based Data
  • Using Models to Teach about Force and Motion
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Science Classroom—project emphasis on physical science


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Each bundle requires the completion of three courses. Participants must attach their course Certificates of Completion with their Form 26 submission. College transcripts are not required.