Board Adopts Statewide Professional Development Goals

January 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday sent a message to teachers they want to help them hone their skills with the adoption of statewide professional development goals for 2012-2013.

The goals are designed to help teachers meet the personal needs of all students and elevate the importance of great teachers and learning.

“Teachers are eager to incorporate 21st century skills to their classrooms,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “The West Virginia Board of Education and I understand that quality professional development for teachers will determine the success of our children. We want to make sure educators get the quality, research-based professional development they crave.”

The board pledged to provide professional development that

1. Aligns with curriculum standards to increase educator effectiveness in the arts, world languages, health, physical education, career/technical, reading/English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

2. Focuses on developing in-depth understanding of the essential features of the growth and development of the personal, physical, social, and emotional needs of each student, including providing students with personalized pathways and guidance to help them have productive and satisfying lives.

3. Develops the leadership competencies, professional culture, and characteristics necessary to increase the support of teaching and learning.

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

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