The Education Alliance is dedicated to providing effective mentoring programs for public schools, along with tools and resources for communities interested student success. Below you will find resources to implement programs in your county.
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.
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
Research has shown that the presence of a caring adult role model is the most important determinant in who and what a child becomes. Education Elevators is a mentoring program for elementary schools that connects West Virginia-based business with local schools to create a mutually beneficial partnership. The volunteers from the business mentor students who attend their partner school. Elevators commit to meet with an elementary school student once a week during the academic school year. Volunteers in this program are designed to serve as a positive role model and friend for the student they work with. Elevators are not burdened by specific curricular requirements, but are free to work with their student on subjects and projects that they find interesting. Simply reading to a student or playing basketball with him/her on a regular, reliable basis can make a huge difference in a student’s sense-of-self.
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.