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May 25, 2006

The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools is hosting a school counselor workshop on Solution Focused Therapy in the Schools.  Dr. Linda Metcalf received her Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling and her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is the author of six books and numerous articles, including Counseling Toward Solutions, which will be given to all participants. In addition, Dr. Metcalf has been a school counselor, teacher and is currently in private practice in Arlington, Texas and an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University. 

 

The workshop will be held on May 25, 2006 at the Marriott in Charleston, West Virginia. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. along with a continental breakfast. The workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m and conclude around 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  CEU’s will be provided for those that are interested.  Click here to download the registration form. 

April 28, 2006

Reaching Every Child: Addressing Educational Attainment of Out-of-Home Care Children in West Virginia Report

In 2004, a number of concerns were raised regarding the present situation of the public education of children in out-of-home care in West Virginia. The call for attention to this issue was based, in part, on a position paper, The Education of Children in Out-of-Home Care (2004), written by the Alliance for Children. Taking the lead to bring together those most entrusted to the welfare and education of the out-of-home care children, Dr. Pamela Cain, Assistant Superintendent, WVDE, asked Superintendent Frank D. Andrews to chair a special task force.  The Education for Homeless Children and Youth - McKinney-Vento Act, may help to serve many of the students.  The task force has been meeting ever since in order to address the issues at hand.  The preliminary report can be downloaded here. 

 

March 22, 2006

The West Virginia Department of Education has released the application for local education agencies to apply for funding for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Grant Program through the McKinney-Vento Act.  LEAs may apply for funding in cooperation and coordination with schools and/or local shelters.  The maximum amount that may be requested in the application is $25,000 for each year of funding.  The grant is on a three year grant cycle from 2006-2009.  For an application, please click on the following link: Homeless Grant for 2006.  For more information on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth click here.   DUE DATE: MAY 15, 2006

January 4, 2006

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education have released the "Achieving Habits of Character" brochure. The brochure outlines a format for integrating character education into the curriculum and shows where it fits into the High Performing Schools Framework.   This model allows counties and schools to uniformly engage parents, the greater community and the media to support us as educators in the process of preparing our children for a bright and rewarding future. To view the brochure click here.

January 4, 2006

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education along with the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will be unveiling the "West Virginia Character Education" License Plate that was designed by 12th grader Brady Fields from the Mingo County Career Center during our contest last year. The unveiling will be held at Weberwood Elementary on January 11, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.  The license plates are due to be released to the public in approximately one month.  To view the license plate click here.

January 4, 2006

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education have released the "365 Days of Character" calendar for 2006.  To view the cover of the calendar, which includes the picture for each month, click here. The calendar is a product of the artwork and essay/poem contest that was held last year with students.  In addition, the winners of the "Paul Morris Character Educator of the Year" award are highlighted.  The calendar was sent to all schools in the state and to all of the winners that are displayed in the calendar.  However, in hopes of making this a yearly event, the WVDE is selling the calendars for $2.00, which will specifically be used to produce the calendar again.  The order form may be downloaded by click here.  A recognition ceremony will be held for all the students that were selected to be in the calendar at Weberwood Elementary on January 11, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.   

November 10, 2005

The West Virginia Department of Education created a brochure to help students experiencing homelessness enroll in school.  The brochure was sent to all county school systems to use in the enrollment of new students and current students.  The brochure outlines the criteria for enrolling a student in West Virginia schools.  The brochure can be found at the following link: You Can Still Enroll Brochure.

October 11-14, 2005

School Counselors were afforded the opportunity to receive professional development on the MEASURE, which is an accountability action plan to impact critical school and student data from Dr. Carol Dahir.  In addtion, school counselors could receive training on the Resource Manual for School Counselors that was released last school year during regional trainings.  The powerpoints from those sessions can be found at the following links: MEASURE powerpoint  and Resource Manual Training.

September 29-30, 2005

The WVDE met with the schools' Character Development Teams (CDTs) that were selected to be a part of the "Integrating Effective Character Education Programs into Rural Schools: Measuring a Replicable Model" in Charleston for two days.  They were presented with materials and presentations by Dr. Phil Vincent of the Character Development Group and Elaine Parke of Caring Habits.  In addition, our two independent evaluators, Mike Corrigan and Paul Chapman, presented about the evaluation that would be conducted.  The powerpoint that was used to lay the ground work for the grant can be found by clicking on the following link: Grant Powerpoint

September 15, 2005

A Roane County administrator has been recognized for his continuing support of Character Education by the West Virginia Board of Education during its September meeting in Charleston. You may view the release from the following link:  State Board Names Roane County Administrator Character Educator of the Year.

June 28, 2005

Lisa Burton attended the American School Counselor Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida to receive the National Advocate of the Year Award.  The awards ceremony was held at Epcot on June 28, 2005.  The West Virginia School Counselor Association nominated Lisa for the award for her work with school counselors.  The following link will take you to the ASCA website where the awardees are mentioned.  ASCA Awards

The WVSCA nomination for Lisa has been summarized and can be viewed by clicking on the following link Summary of Advocate of Year nomination

Personally, I would like to thank those that nominated me for this award. My personal thank you and statement concerning the award can be viewed from the following link. Thank You

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June 1, 2005

The WVDE received approximately $1,870.477 over four years to implement the Parternships in Character Education Grant Program.  This grant will specifically work with Clay, Boone, Tyler and Summers Counties.  To view an excerpt of this grant click here on

Grant Abstract

May 4, 2005

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education are seeking a design for a character education license plate for West Virginia.  The deadline was May 31, 2005.  Please click on the following link to view the press release - License Plate Contest

Update - All drawings have been reviewed by the review committee.  The selection is now down to two possible winners.   The winners will be announced at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. 

A special thanks to all of the students that participated in the contest.  It was truly amazing to review all of the entries submitted. 

May 3, 2005

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education are seeking talented students to particpate in the first-ever Character Education Calendar Contest.  The deadline was May 31, 2005.  Please click on the following link to view the press release - Calendar Contest

Update - All drawings, essays and poems have been received.  The review committee will be meeting in July to judge the entries.  The winners will be announced at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. 

A special thanks to all of the students that participated in the contest.  The entries were all wonderful and truly showed that the students of WV understand the true meaning of "character".  Thank you all so much!

March 17, 2005

Do you know an educator who models and teaches character to his or her students? The West Virginia Department of Education Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year Award is designed to recognize educators throughout the state for their exemplary work in instilling character in students.  Please click on the following link to view the press release - Character Educator Award

Update - All nominations have been received and reviewed.  The winner will be announced in September 2005. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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