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  February 24, 2010


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 From the Office of Special Programs
 Individualized Education Program (IEP)

     Due to the loss of instructional days related to inclement weather, State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Paine, has directed all offices within the WV Department of Education to cancel any planned professional development sessions that would require teachers to be away from their schools during the instructional day. This resulted in the Office of Assessment, Accountability and Research cancelling the remaining regional special education seminars focused on developing standards based IEPs and on using the on-line Standards Based IEP. However, WVDE will continue to transfer the information to county "core teams."

     At this time, the WV Department of Education is assessing various means of providing professional development (PD). One way is through on-line newsletters. To that end, this newsletter is devoted to information on developing IEPs with special emphasis on students identified as gifted in WV.

     In this newsletter,

* Special Considerations,

* Assessment,

* Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance,

* Annual goals and

* Services

are addressed separately and, hopefully, are short and efficient, so that you may click on it whenever and in whatever order you choose.

     If you know of a teacher who would be interested in this information but is not on the list serve, please email me at or call me at 304-558-2696.
If you have other suggestions as to ways to provide this information, please email or call me.

From the National Association for Gifted Children

U.S. Department of Education

     The U.S. Department has begun work on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). NAGC has presented its concerns about state assessments, emphasizing that the next generation of state assessments be able to measure performance on above-grade level standards and be better measures of growth. This should provide information that helps improve instruction and accelerate student learning.

Click here for more on NAGC's involvement in the reauthorization of ESEA.

Instructional Site

     The site featured in this issue is Picturing America a Thinkfinity site bringing masterpieces of American art to classrooms.

Highlighted Lesson

     The highlighted lesson in this issue is All About Me:

Teacher - Susy Calvert, Raleigh County.

If you have an activity or a project that you could share with other teachers, it would be greatly appreciated, expecially by teachers new to the field. Please send to If you have photos and/or videos, that would be great or I can visit and take photos.

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.