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Item #1: WV e-Learning for Educators 2015-2016 Information Guide

Item #2: Fall 2015 - New WVLearns e-Learning for Educators Courses
Office 365 for Personal Productivity for Administrators, Central Office and County/School Support Staff
Digital Citizenship for Personal Productivity for Administrators, Central Office and County/School Support Staff

Item #3: Early Childhood Course Registration

Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher Assistants may begin registering for the Fall 2015 early childhood courses on July 20, 2015 via the following website: https://wvde.state.wv.us/apps/oel-pd/.

Pre-K Lead Teachers may begin registering for the Fall 2015 early childhood courses on  September 1, 2015 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.