Master Trainers Prepare for New Content Standards

June 17, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education will be traveling throughout the state to train educators on the newly approved content standards in various areas. Content Standards are what students should know and be able to do at specified grade levels.  

Thirty-five teachers from all of the content areas as well as special education will be trained as Master Trainers in professional development training starting June 17 at Riverside High School in Charleston. In turn, Master Trainers will train educators in their schools as to how the content standards should be delivered in their classrooms.  

“This is another element of West Virginia Achieves, the state’s successful No Child Left Behind plan,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “By the beginning of the school year, educators from across the state will be well-versed on content standards and objectives, which will prepare our students for life-long learning.”  

Master Trainers will be responsible for developing model lessons, designing initial professional development on content standards and training teachers who will deliver future professional development training. Model lessons will be based on the content standards and objectives, which set forth best instructional practices. They also will describe classroom assessments and incorporate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners, as well as integrate technology.  

Master Training sessions are scheduled for: June 17 –18 Charleston, Riverside High School June 24 - 25 Martinsburg, Musselman High School June 30 - July 1 Wheeling, Wheeling Jesuit University July 8 - 9 Bridgeport, Bridgeport Middle School July 15 – 16 Flatwoods, Braxton County Middle School July 22 – 23 Princeton, PikeView High School July 29 – 30 Huntington, Huntington East High School August 5 – 6 Parkersburg, WVU-Parkersburg  

For more information regarding the Master Training and Assessment Professional Development program, please contact Deborah Brown, Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Services, at (304) 558-7805.

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