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W.Va. Department of Education Unveils New Teacher Resources

March 03, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education on Monday unveiled new resources for teachers as they work to transform their 20th century classrooms into 21st century learning centers.

 

From Classroom to Classroom: 21st Century Guide for New Teachers is available at http://wvde.state.wv.us/mentorship.

 

The tool was designed and created by a group of novice teachers, along with mentors and pre-service teachers to provide current resources, practice and research-based advice. It also includes activities for teachers and school leaders.

 

In addition, the West Virginia Department of Education 21st Century Mentorship Digital Resource serves as a valuable companion to the mentoring and induction program.

 

Teachers can find help on such topics as classroom management, special needs, instruction, parent outreach, communication and leadership. The resources deliver information about West Virginia’s 21st Century Learning Initiative through wikis, podcasts, videos and blogs. The information also is available to schools, counties, Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) as well as colleges and universities.

 

“Providing teachers with research-based resources and professional development is important as we move forward with our 21st Century Learning Initiative,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “The resources will enable educators to learn valuable techniques that they can use in their classrooms and share with their students.”

 

The tools resulted from collaboration and support from the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards, the West Virginia Board of Education and the Claude W. Benedum Foundation.

The Pittsburgh-based Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is an independent foundation established in 1944 by West Virginia natives Michael and Sarah Benedum.

For more information, contact Donna Peduto in the Office of Professional Preparation at (304) 558-7010 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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