W.Va. Receives Grant to Improve Teaching and Learning

June 24, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Department of Education has received a $45,000 national grant from the Knowledge Works Foundation to develop initiatives that transform teaching and learning.


“As West Virginia moves forward with its 21st Century Learning initiative, it is evident that new ways of envisioning schools, the professional roles of teachers and connections to the community are at the center of our future success,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Our 21st Century Learning initiative will transform not only what we teach but how we teach to help our children succeed in today’s global economy.”


West Virginia joins South Carolina in receiving the knowledge grant, which will support the creation of learning centers to support children and involve communities in teaching and learning. Both states are part of a larger initiative that includes five National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future partner states working on ways to transform education and respond to the demands of the knowledge era.


The five state coalitions – from Hawaii, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina and West Virginia – were challenged to redefine the education system and the teaching profession.


“I applaud these states for their vision to create an education system that prepares all of our children for the uncertainties and possibilities of the emerging world,” said Richard W. Riley, a NCTAF co-chairman and former U.S. secretary of education.  “And I applaud KnowledgeWorks Foundation for their support of this work.  We need leaders like these who can lead the change for American public education.”


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