The Education Alliance is dedicated to providing effective programs for public schools, along with tools and resources to promote best practice. Below you will find resources, toolkits, and white papers published by the Alliance.
Innovation Showcase STEM Toolkit
The Innovation Showcase STEM Toolkit enables local schools and districts to design and implement an Innovation Showcase in their communities. The process supports educators as they teach students about the Design Process and guide them in developing their showcase presentations. Along the way, we provide examples and strategies to engage community members in providing feedback to students and spotlighting positive school outcomes. Finally, the Toolkit serves as a roadmap for inspiring students as they deepen their thinking, develop 21st century skills, and learn about career opportunities for a brighter future.
Portrait of a WV Ready Graduate Playbook
During the summer of 2018, The Education Alliance partnered with Leadership West Virginia to convene a Working Group of educators, business leaders, families and students to examine today’s job environment and create a snapshot or “portrait” of a well-prepared, future-ready high school graduate. This report provides a “play-by-play” guide for schools and districts to create a similar "north star" and unified vision for ensuring that all West Virginia students are ready.
Computer Science Report
On February 2, 2018, nearly 100 education, business, and community leaders from across the state examined ways to increase access to Computer Science education in West Virginia schools. The computer science convening results highlight important recommendations and next steps.
STEM Toolkit: Guide to Innovative Learning Through STEM
The STEM Toolkit is designed to implement STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects to students around the state of West Virginia. This toolkit has been implemented with The Education Alliance dropout prevention programs such as the AmeriCorps on the Frontline It has many projects from Multiplication Dots to Communication is Key.
Comprehensive Analysis of Summative Assessments Report
The Education Alliance released the Comprehensive Analysis of Summative Assessments (CASA) report in January 2017. The CASA report provides policy makers with objective information and an analytical framework that can be used to evaluate potential state assessments. The report identifies the key assessment criteria valued by West Virginia stakeholders and analyzes available tests’ strengths and weaknesses based on those criteria.
Growing Successful Readers Report
The Education Alliance has long been an advocate for policies and practices that support reading proficiency for all West Virginia students. Throughout its rich history, the organization has implemented programs such as the Born Learning Academies, Read Aloud WV, the Family Literacy program, reading mini-grants and published a variety of reading white papers that support reading by third grade efforts. The Alliance and its many business/community partners understand the critical connection between a strong literate society and a vibrant state economy. In fall 2015, The Education Alliance convened a committee of stakeholders to develop this report summarizing current research and providing recommendations for educators, families, communities and policy makers.
West Virginia STEM in Afterschool Report
The Strategic Plan for Support and Sustainability was developed by the West Virginia Statewide Afterschool Network (WVSAN)as the product of a planning grant from the NOYCE Foundation. The Afterschool and STEM System Building planning grant focused on the development of statewide partnerships and needs analysis to support quality informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning in afterschool. TheWVSAN acknowledges the collaboration of The Education Alliance, which partnered with WVSAN to convene stakeholders and gather their input throughout the planning period.
West Virginia Council on STEM Report
The West Virginia Council of STEM report is the product of many hours of research, collaboration, and dialogue by members of the WV Council on STEM. Established through Executive Order N. 3-14 on April 24, 2014, the Council was developed to enhance STEM education and experiences for West Virginia students. The WV Council on STEM makes three strong recommendations: 1) Develop local capacity for STEM education across the state by establishing 3-5 Regional STEM Network HUBS; 2) Strengthen the public’s awareness of STEM as a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth through an aggressive public engagement plan; and 3) Establish a virtual STEM clearinghouse to review current STEM resources and assets across the state to ensure alignment and eliminate redundancy.
The Education Alliance created Frontline Network to mobilize communities to answer the question, “What will we do to ensure that more of our students complete high school ready for college and careers?” Frontline Network recognizes that though the drop out issue is linked to the same issues in every community (student school attendance, behavior or course performance), every community must design its own innovative prevention plan. The resources below will help communities conduct community forums to discuss what their young people need most, and how best to deliver solutions.
DVD: How Can We Help More Students Finish High School?
Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Community Dialogue
Dropout Prevention in West Virginia: A Guide for Moderators of Community Dialogues
Dialogue to Action Initiative: A Guide for County Leadership Teams
Walk the Talk
The transition between middle school and high school is a pivotal point in students’ lives. They must adapt to new environments and a variety of life changes in order to persist to graduation. A committed adult mentor can make all the difference between success and failure for young people at this critical time. Walk the Talk is a mentoring curriculum that can serve both middle and high school students in a variety of settings. This model pairs caring mentors with young people to help create relationships to support students learning about college and career opportunities and becoming re–engaged in the learning process. Walk the Talk is designed to encourage self-advocacy skills which will prepare the students for their future.
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