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More Than $1.6 Million Distributed to Schools for Innovation in Education

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December 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted today to approve Innovation in Education designations for seven schools at its December Board meeting this week. The seven schools receiving grant awards include: John Marshall High School, Dunbar Intermediate School, Greenbrier West High School, Mary Ingles Elementary, Philip Barbour High School, Tucker County High School and Spring Mills High School.

This is the first time schools have received Innovation in Education designations following the passage of HB 4295 during the 2016 legislative session and subsequent WVBE Policy 3236. The bill, which was backed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, encourages and incentivizes public schools to implement key innovational education priorities and improve overall student outcomes. Through an application process, public schools can redesign delivery of instruction, operate under greater flexibility and enhance student engagement to increase educational achievement for a school that demonstrates innovation in education in any of the following priority areas: 1) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 2) community-school partnership; 3) entrepreneurship; 4) career pathways; and 5) the arts.

“We received several outstanding applications requesting an Innovation in Education designation,” said West Virginia Department of Education Chief Academic Officer and review committee member, Clayton Burch. “The seven schools receiving designations have proposed inventive ideas that encompass the goals of the Innovation in Education Act.”

Applications were received from 43 West Virginia elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and career technical education centers. Schools’ applications were independently assessed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the WVBE, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), the West Virginia Governor’s Office and Marshall University along with county representatives, curriculum facilitators, educators and administrators. The selection committee assessed the schools based on established evaluation rubrics and submitted seven schools for WVBE approval. In total, the schools receiving the Innovation in Education designation will receive more than $1.6 million in special funding.

Details on each school’s plan can be found by visiting: http://static.k12.wv.us/news/2016/InnovationInEducation-Recommendation-December2016.pdf

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