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W.Va. Department of Education Launches Teach 21 Web Site

November 13, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday launched its Teach 21 Web site in an effort to assist teachers in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction. West Teays Elementary School in Putnam County served as the base location.

 

The interactive site, which was designed by teachers, allows educators to quickly access 21st century content standards, learning skills, research-based instructional strategies, technology tools and other resources. The site may be used with large groups in an auditorium or by individuals in the privacy of their homes.

“Providing quality professional development is the key to helping teachers become literate with information and communication technology so that they can transform West Virginia’s schools into 21st century learning centers,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Teach 21 will enable educators to learn valuable techniques that they can take back to their classrooms and share with their students.”

By accessing the Teach 21 Web site, teachers can download prepared training materials that include introductory pieces on 21st century education and issues, videos from across West Virginia of exemplary 21st century teachers, a blog, a wiki, and links and references to other useful sites.

“Teach 21 is West Virginia teachers teaching West Virginia teachers,” said Carla Williamson. “With this training, our teachers will be better equipped to teach problem solving and other higher order thinking skills.”  

The Web site can be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21 .

To watch the launch videos please visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/teach21launch/vod.html

For more information, contact Carla Williamson, executive director of the Office of Instruction, at (304) 558-5325 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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