2012 Innovation Zones Award Recipients
Greenbrier West High, Greenbrier County
Lincoln County Schools
McDowell County Schools
Nicholas County Schools
Cabell County Schools
Pocahontas County Schools
Upshur County Schools
Doddridge County High School
Wheeling Park High School
2011 Innovation Zones Award Recipients
School Innovation Zones Act
WV Code §18-5B.
In July 2009, The School Innovation Zones Act was created as an opportunity for schools to apply for a funding grant which will support their ability to use creative and innovative ways to improve student learning. In this Act the West Virginia Legislature focuses on giving schools permission for exceptions to county and state board rules and policies that inhibit them from implementing creative and innovative steps and programs that enhance student learning. Schools that are designated Innovation Zones sites provide a testing ground for innovative educational programs by providing information regarding the effects of those innovations, documenting educational strategies that enhance student success, and increasing the accountability of public schools for student achievement as measured by the state assessment and local assessments. Click on this link to read the code in its entirety.
In July 2011, The School Innovation Zones Act was amended to include Policy 3236 Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zones.The purpose of this bill is to reduce the number of high school dropouts in West Virginia.
- Innovation and Dropout Prevention Senate Bill 228
The West Virginia National Governor’s Association Dropout Prevention Grant Taskforce proposed the creation of Local Solutions Graduation Fund so that schools and communities can apply for funding for projects that increase the number of students who graduate. Because school dropout is a community issue and not just a school issue, the admendment requires that applications be made by schools in partnership with community groups or other state agencies. Encouraging communities to develop collaborative solutions to their local dropout problem will spur innovation at the local level and strengthen relationships between schools, community groups, and the other agencies that work to prevent students from dropout.
School Dropout Prevention Plan Guidance Document
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Innovation Zones Annual Report 2011
Do you have an idea that is anything but ordinary? Or perhaps you need a little inspiration, then take a look at these innovative ideas or read our Did You Know archives to help you get started on your own Innovation Zone plan.
For additional information regarding Innovation Zones, please contact:
West Virginia Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305
(Staff Phone and Email by Name) (School Directory)
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