School Improvement News


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The Office of School Improvement News webpage often contains links to other websites and news articles. These links represent just a few examples of the numerous education reference materials currently available that support our work in improving student learning. The opinions expressed in any articles or web pages do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the WVDE but are provided to inform our work.  The inclusion of resources should not be construed or interpreted as an endorsement by the WVDE.

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Office of Schoool Improvement Contacts


  1. Assessments and Data Analysis - Wendy Lochner
  2. Early Warning System - Justin Boggs
  3. Educational Impact - Christy Miller
  4. High Schools LDC - Christy Miller
  5. Educator Eval and Principal Mentorship - Brian Withrow
  6. Instructional Practice Inventory (IPI) - Glenna Heinlein
  7. Schools of Excellence - Nancy Cline
  8. Strategic Planning - Glenna Heinlein
  9. Website - Nancy Cline




WVDE Tools for School Improvement

  1. Review the Technical Assistance Guide
  2. Self-Reflection using the WV Standards for High Quality Schools
  3. Review and discuss School Culture and Principal Effectiveness Survey Data
  4. Refer to Diagnostic Report
  5. Analyze Student Assessment Data
  6. Use research-based instructional practices
  7. Create effective Support for Personalized Learning (SPL) processes
  8. Use multiple sources of data
  9. Emphasize effective teacher collaboartion and shared leadership
  10. Input from all stakeholders including students and parents
  11. Careful strategic planning and monitoring





Strategic Planning, Implementation, and Monitoring

for assistance with strategic planning

contact Christy Miller,

Director, Office of Student and School Support


or at cemiller@k12.wv.us

or contact your county liaison.




Where to find the Office of School Improvement in Cyberspace

  • ONLINE: http://wvde.state.wv.us/schoolimprovement/
  • TWITTER:  @WVSchoolImprove


The Office of School Improvement has expanded into cyberspace to assist schools more effectively and efficiently.  The SI website offers an array of online resources to assist schools in the development of their school improvement blueprint.  As new items are added to the site, they are also tweeted for immediate use. 

On the School Improvement website, Principals, Leadership Teams, and Districts can access the High Quality Standards and Data Collection Tool, Principal’s Toolkit, Culture Survey, IPI, Conference resources and materials, and other resources for instant integration. 

Send us tools, materials, strategies, books, and articles that have helped your school improve. We will feature it on the Office of School Improvement website. 


Instructional Practices Inventory in West Virginia Schools

Why use IPI?

  • For overall school improvement in learning and teaching
  • To increase student engagement with the curriculum and their own learning
  • To use data collaboratively to help your school continue to grow

The West Virginia Department of Education's involvement in the IPI process has given teachers the ability to reflect upon their collective teaching practices, thus raising the bar of expectations toward higher level and deeper thinking, in addition to developing a more active and engaged student learning environment.  WVDE’s continued focus on student engagement has expanded into 50 counties and the WVSDB.  This expansion has allowed for more than 2,075 IPI coders to be trained and certified statewide.  For additional information about the IPI process and development, please visit Dr. Jerry Valentine’s website at www.ipistudentengagement.com. *(Please note this site is still being developed, but will give you an idea of what type of IPI resources can be accessed).

**IMPORTANT** For those currently using IPI, data should be uploaded when completing an IPI coding.  This data is used for research and continued development of the IPI process.  To upload your data, visit the IPI site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/ipi/.  To upload a WebTop login and password are required.  Each coding should be uploaded once.

Courtesy: Glenna Heinlein, State School Improvement Specialist at gplymale@access.k12.wv.us



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