Office of Instruction
The Office of Instruction is currently providing leadership to the teachers of West Virginia as we actively proceed on the journey to a new vision of instructional design and delivery. Ours is a learning journey during which we decide to take advantage of digital tools for inquiry, collaboration and communication as we connect learners with one another or the world beyond our schools and classrooms. While learning to give up the traditional teacher’s role of being the content expert, we are learning new ways to engage with our students.
To support teachers asccompanying us on this journey, the Office of Instruction sponsors the Teacher Leadership Institute, an annual year-long professional development experience, with an intensive week-long residency, to support identified teams of teacher leaders from each county. These teams are charged with assisting the county leadership as they build capacity for 21st century learning experiences for students and their teachers. Throughout the year the office provides monthly webinars to support the TLI teams.
The Teach 21 site provides resources to support teachers as they proceed on their journey to more engaging and interactive lesson design and delivery that includes standards-focused project based learning experiences for all students. On the site teachers access the 21st Century Content, Learning Skills and Technology Tool Standards and Objectives, instructional guides, standards-focused unit plans, online professional development, a rich strategy bank, and video clips from model classrooms throughout the state.
The content coordinators for reading, English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the Arts, instructional materials and Math Science Partnerships are members of the office staff. These coordinators provide leadership to a wide variety of programs, i.e. kit-based elementary science; NOVA and SciPACK implementations; ARTS ALIVE!; RESA Arts Team Projects; Geography Bee; Social Studies Summer Institute; State Social Studies Fair; Golden Horseshoe; AIM, an adolescent literacy model; and WV Writes.
Today’s students are up to the challenge; they deserve quality 21st century instructional activities that are not only rigorous and relevant, ut also authentic and engaging. The digital world already reaches every aspect of their lives. Project-based learning is worth the effort; teachers tell us PBL has rejuvenated their teaching and brought excitement for learning to their classrooms. From the student’s perspective, there is no substitute for the real world context during the learning process. New learning contexts set the stage for authentic, technology-rich project based learning. Teacher teaming and collaboration through professional learning communities and interdisciplinary learning experiences bring forth exciting, challenging and authentic learning experiences for students and their teachers.