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West Virginia Seeks to Reward Teachers

October 28, 2010

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education is challenging teachers to create videos that tell others why they love their profession. The department has partnered with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to offer 100 instructional resources, including iPads, wireless presentation pointers, wireless keyboards, thumb drives and much more. The best videos will be featured on the department’s website at http://wvde.state.wv.us. iPads go to the top 10 finalists to use in their classrooms to support instruction and improve student learning.

“West Virginia’s teachers are some of the most experienced, dedicated and creative professionals in the country,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “I look forward to hearing their inspirational stories and hope that they will encourage others to answer the call to teach.”

The contest is open to all certified West Virginia public school educators.  Participants can submit a two- to three-minute video from Nov. 8 to Dec. 6. Videos will be judged on overall quality, originality, creativity and adherence to the theme, “Why I love teaching.” Complete contest information is available at   http://wvde.state.wv.us/teachwv/contest.html.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

For more information, contact Doug Cipoletti at 304-558-7010, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699. Also see http://www.teachwv.com.

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