W.Va. Schools to Participate in American Education Week, Nov. 11 to 17

November 08, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education along with the state Board of Education will join millions of educators across the country as they celebrate American Education Week, Nov. 11 to 17.

The week-long celebration gives Americans an opportunity to honor individuals who are making a difference in children’s lives. The event shines the spotlight on people who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million students, including nearly 282,000 youngsters in West Virginia.

 “We know that quality teaching and strong leadership are the basic building blocks of better schools and student success,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. We are very proud of our administrators, teachers and students. They have worked hard to meet increasingly challenging standards and deserve to be celebrated.”

As part of the festivities, the Department of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will launch Teach 21, an interactive Web site that includes 21st century lesson plans, videos from across West Virginia of exemplary 21st century teachers, a blog, a wiki, and links and references to other useful sites. West Virginia will further expand online educational resources on Thursday, Nov. 15, with a celebration of a Verizon Foundation grant to fund access to Thinkfinity.

Thinkfinity, formerly known as MarcoPolo, provides high quality, standards-based Internet content and professional development to K-12 teachers and students throughout the United States. The West Virginia Department of Education has used the program since 2000 to provide professional development for teachers across the state to help them use Internet resources in the classroom with their students.  

Also on Thursday, the state Board of Education is set to approve a proclamation to improve parental involvement in the state’s public schools. Meanwhile, schools across the state also plan individual events.

American Education Week's celebration days include:

  • Sunday, Nov. 11: Student Leaders Day for future teachers.
  • Monday, Nov. 12: National Kick-Off Celebration.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Invite Parents to School Day.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Education Support Professionals Day.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: Educator for a Day.
  • Friday, Nov. 16: Substitute Educators Day.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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