West Virginia Department of Education Employee Receives Recognition

August 12, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mark Moore, coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Instructional Technology, is Verizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity featured member of the month. Moore’s questionnaire is highlighted on the Thinkfinity website.

In addition to working at the WVDE, Moore serves as a National Cadre Trainer for Thinkfinity and regularly trains educators on how to use Thinkfinity's resources in the 21st century classroom.

“It is great to see Mark recognized for the technological assistance he not only brings to the department but to the community as well,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Technology is an integral tool in 21st Century education and it is so important for our teachers to have the opportunity to learn how to properly utilize the technological tools available to them.”

Thinkfinity is the Verizon Foundation’s nationally recognized signature initiative for education, technology and literacy. Thinkfinity, which means “endless possibilities for learning,” is designed to improve learning in traditional settings and beyond the classroom by providing rigorous content and professional development needed to improve student achievement, at no cost.

Prior to becoming coordinator, Moore ran his own computer training business and worked part time for the WVDE as a computer lab technician.

For more information contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or visit http://community.thinkfinity.org/community/verizonthinkfinity/blog/2011/08/05/featured-community-member-mark-moore-west-virginia-department-of-education-and-thinkfinity-national-cadre to see the featured questionnaire.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are 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.

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