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June 16, 2017 - The Education Alliance held one of its annual EDTalks Thursday at the Blennerhassett Hotel, connecting business and community leaders with area educators. About 75 people attended the EDTalks event, which featured three speakers, one of whom was Chad Crumbaker, interim vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Read More The Parkersburg News and Sentinel


June 15, 2017 - It's an annual event that focuses on planning a future for kids all across the mountain state.This is the first time Education Alliance has made its way to Parkersburg. The event was held at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Read More The News Center


June 13, 2017 - Thanks to millions of dollars in federal grant funding, hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers in West Virginia will have the financial resources to continue serving communities around the state. Read More The Exponent Telegram


June 1, 2017 - West Virginia’s U.S. senators say the state has been awarded more than $5.4 million for AmeriCorps volunteer and service programs. According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, $4.1 million will go to the state’s Volunteer West Virginia to support 655 positions. Read More The Washington Times


May 26, 2017 - Oakvale Elementary students spent Tuesday afternoon actively involved as architects and computer coders during the school’s Remake Learning Day, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project made possible by grants from the Community Foundation of the Virginias and the Remake Learning Days Organization. Read More The Princeton Times


May 25, 2017 - Students and families gathered at Spring Mills High School Tuesday night for the second annual STEAM Family Fun Festival. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, math — and now, arts. The festival was created to incorporate hands-on experimentative and engaging learning opportunities for all ages. Spring Mills High School got the chance to expand their innovation program, STEAM, in December 2016, according to Dr. Carrie Marcum, Assistant Principal of Spring Mills High. Read More The Journal


May 24, 2017 - Grinding gears and fizzing lava lamps were some of the noises that could be heard from the experiments being held for STEAM at University high school. STEAM is part of Remake Learning Days in West Virginia. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. STEAM helps teach kids different aspects of science how they work together and apply to the world around them. Read More News 5 - WVDT TV


May 22, 2017 - More than 100 business, education and legislative leaders attended the Education Alliance’s EDTalks “Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event” at the Blue Ridge Community and Technology College Thursday. EDTalks is an education-based speaker series that promotes innovative discussion and collaborating ideas on how to strengthen the public education system. Read More The Journal


May 17, 2017 - The WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind will join more than 100 organizations across West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania for the second Remake Learning Days, the largest open house of free hands-on learning events and activities. Last year, more than 30,000 people attended 270 events during the inaugural Remake Learning Days. Remake Learning Days 2017 will include over 300 events during May 15-26, 2017. Read More The Hampshire Review


May 17, 2017 - The Education Alliance is spearheading more than 30 events in 12 days to highlight innovation in education. The Education Alliance has provided nearly $20,000 to 25 schools, districts and nonprofit organizations for Remake Learning Days, an initiative of the Remake Learning Network. Each experience is meant to be an interactive and technology-infused learning event for communities throughout West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania May 15-26. Read More The State Journal


April 22, 2017 - West Virginia Money Smart Week®(MSW) is part of a multi-state public awareness campaign of the Federal Reserve Bank that stresses the importance of financial literacy, informs consumers where they can get help, and provides free educational seminars and activities in multiple locations during a selected week each year. Read More


April 16, 2017 - Parents of children through age 5 have completed the first Born Learning Academy in Marion County. Blackshere kindergarten teacher and Born Learning facilitator Judy McCoy said the program helps families explore ways of working with and finding learning opportunities for their children in everyday life. Read More Fairmont


April 15, 2017 - Twenty students from Elkins Middle School embarked on a spring adventure at Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources Elkins Operations Center on Wednesday. These students participate in Kump Education Center’s STREAM Program with mentors Kylie Antoline and Jeanne Johnson from AmeriCorps on the Frontline Education Alliance. AmeriCorps member Isabel Hager also helped out. Read The Inter Mountain


March 16, 2017 - Spring Mills High School participates in the STEM Carton 2 Garden contest that encourages students to build strong bones with milk and flex their creative muscles by repurposing milk cartons. Read More YouTube


March 16, 2017 - On Thursday, the Education Alliance presented a $55,000 check to West Virginia teachers impacted by the June 2016 flood. Donations were made through the “Floods of Support” campaign. Read More WV MetroNews


Februrary 23, 2017 - The New York Times reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service including AmeriCorps will be among federal programs Trump’s Administration may eliminate. Cutting AmeriCorps would be a sad mistake that would harm many good programs in West Virginia. Read More The Inter-Mountain


Februrary 5, 2017 - Opponents of the A-F System argue that too much of the grade is determined by student performance on the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” test. A recent report by The Education Alliance compared six different assessments and SBAC was the most closely aligned to West Virginia College and Career Ready Standards, from which curricula is created by West Virginia teachers. Read More The State Journal


January 19, 2017 - Tucker County High School received grant money to continue an innovative learning program.  STEM or STEAM is part of a hands-on vocational learning experience.  Principal Hamric of Tucker County High School says the program will add to their existing efforts. Read More


January 16, 2017 - Local leaders in business, communities, education and government received the findings of The Education Alliance‘s first-ever Comprehensive Analysis of Summative Assessments report during a presentation Jan. 9 in Charleston. Read More The State Journal


December 8, 2016 - When it comes to video games, some might say they are a waste of time. However, for Asad Ranavaya, a junior at Cabell Midland High School, playing video games actually paid off, quite literally. Like many kids, Ranavaya spent his summer playing video games. But unlike most kids, he was playing at the request of West Virginia's governor. Read More The Herald Dispatch


December 8, 2016 - The Make Cents WV partnership leverages a variety of resources and expertise from education leaders across the state, including the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office, the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, the West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the West Virginia Bankers Association and the West Virginia Department of Education. Read More The Montgomery Herald


December 20, 2016 - Howard Seufer, a partner in the Charleston office of Bowles Rice, has been appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to the Board of Governors at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Seufer is an emeritus director and past chair of the nation’s first statewide education fund, the Education Alliance. Read More The Independent Herald


December 14, 2016 - Blue Ridge Elementary and Jefferson High schools have implemented leading-edge meteorology systems from WeatherSTEM that were donated by American Public University System. WeatherSTEM is part of Ucompass, a Tallahassee, Fla.-based software and services company supporting more than 3 million students at more than 200 educational institutions, including the university system. Read More The Herald-Mail Media


December 13, 2016 - Education leaders across the state are joining forces to help students improve their financial skills. Earlier today, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and The Education Alliance unveiled a new initiative, “Make Cents WV,” to provide financial literacy tools and resources to students, families and educators. Read More The Preston County News Journal 


December 12, 2016 - Blue Ridge Elementary and Jefferson High schools have implemented leading-edge meteorology systems from WeatherSTEM, that were donated by American Public University System. The long-standing relationship between APUS, Jefferson County Schools and other state educational organizations includes several previous APUS donations of WeatherSTEM systems, in addition to ongoing contributions of school supplies and financial and staff volunteer support for the Education Alliance in Charleston. Read More The State Journal


December 8, 2016 - A junior political science major at Marshall University had help applying for financial aid through the West Virginia GEAR UP program before he became a college student. Specifically, Ikie Brooks from Uneeda credits Elizabeth Manuel, GEAR UP college access and success program director, with starting him out on the right financial track ahead of his graduation from Boone County’s Scott High School. Read More WV Metro News


December 8, 2016 - The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and The Education Alliance have teamed up for a new initiative to provide financial literacy tools and resources to students, families and educators. Read More The Herald-Dispatch


December 8, 2016 - Education leaders across the state are joining forces to improve student financial skills. On Thursday, Education Alliance unveiled their "Make Cents WV" initiative to provide financial literacy tools and resources to students, families and educators. Read More WZAS - TV 3


December 8, 2016 - Ikie Brooks had to quickly learn how to balance a budget. During his first night at Marshall University, he walked down the road to go to the Sheetz. He learned that, yes, he could spend $24 without much thought. It was back at his dorm room that he realized that $24 might have been better tucked in a savings account or spent on a textbook for one of his classes at Marshall University. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


November 30, 2016 - After proclaiming Wednesday STEM day in West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the winners of the State Capitol Minecraft Design/Build contest. The contest was a collaborative effort involving the Governor's STEM initiative, the West Virginia Department of Education, and the Arts and the Education Alliance. Read More WZAS - TV 3


November 30, 2016 - After proclaiming November 29 as STEM Day in West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the student winners of the State Capitol Minecraft Design/Build contest. This contest was a collaborative effort involving the Governor's STEM Initiative, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and the Education Alliance. Read More WDTV - News5


November 30, 2016 - The competition, which began in May, was open to West Virginia students, grades PreK-12 and challenged participants to either create a new version of the state capitol building or produce a replica of the current complex using Minecraft. Governor Tomblin recognized both individual and team winners from each category. Read More


November 30, 2016 - Fifteen West Virginia elementary school, middle school and high school students were honored Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 for designs of the West Virginia State Capitol building based on the Minecraft fantasy computer game. Read More The State Journal


November 30, 2016 - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday announced the winners of a contest to build a Minecraft version of the state Capitol. The competition started in May as an initiative to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning into an enjoyable activity for the state’s youth. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


October 23, 2016 - One night each month, a younger crowd than normal takes over the pre-K room at Highlawn Elementary School. While their parents, grandparents and other caregivers attend a workshop on everyday learning opportunities, the kids are cared for by Highlawn teachers and staff. It's called the Born Learning Academy, and it's helping Cabell County parents become better teachers. Read More The Herald Dispatch


October 18, 2016 - State business leaders, educators and legislative officials gathered Monday in Charleston to talk about the future of education in today’s constantly changing technology world. The West Virginia Education Summit sponsored by The Education Alliance offered opportunities for leaders to begin discussions on how to keep education in West Virginia on pace with the rapidly changing world technology has created. Read More The Register-Herald


October 18, 2016 - People are used to thinking about automation changing or eliminating factory work, but it currently is affecting, and may in the future increasingly affect other types of jobs, according to one speaker at Monday’s fourth annual Education Summit. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


October 8, 2016 - The East End Family Resource Center will partner for the second year with The Education Alliance and Kanawha County Schools to provide the AmeriCorps on the Frontline Dropout Funding will help support six AmeriCorps mentors, staff, volunteer recruitment and community engagement, and STEAM education materials. Read More The Charleston Gazette


October 17, 2016 - There will be more personalized learning opportunities for students in the future, an education official said Monday during the West Virginia Education Alliance’s 4th annual Education Summit in Charleston. Read More WV Metro News


October 6, 2016 - The fourth annual statewide education summit hosted by The Education Alliance will focus on new innovations and strategies for improving student achievement. The Oct. 17 event at Charleston Marriott Town Center will bring together information about the future of learning, what drives change and the necessary policy shifts that would support the education of the future, according to the organization. Read More The State Journal


October 2, 2016 - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently signed legislation approving $85 million in emergency funding to help the many West Virginians impacted by recent devastating floods. The state dollars helped meet a required “match” by the federal government for receiving FEMA funding. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


October 1, 2016 - Donations to comfort children while they are in the hospital were collected Sept. 6-9 at all Doddridge County Schools and the Board of Education. Rewards were given to students for bringing in donations. Read More The Exponent Telegram


August 23, 2016 - On Thursday, Aug. 18, Toyota and The Education Alliance held a joint press conference to announce seven new United Way Born Learning Academies across the state. But along with the unveiling of the newly added schools, they also announced the continuation of the successful program at other sites, including Aurora School. Read More The Preston County News and Journal


August 18, 2016 - Parents, other relatives and caregivers are the first teachers of West Virginia’s kids. To support their early education efforts in parts of the Mountain State long before children head to school, lessons on how to incorporate learning into everyday activities are expanding into more West Virginia schools through the United Way Born Learning Academies. Read More WV Metro News


August 18, 2016 - A program that seeks to teach parents and caregivers how to teach their young children is expanding its locations to Edgewood Elementary and six more West Virginia schools, with the help of a $52,000 grant from Toyota and a $38,200 grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


August 18, 2016 - A project that seeks to help children start learning early is more than doubling in size. On Thursday, Toyota, The Education Alliance, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the United Way announced seven new Born Learning Academies. These new schools more than double the number of kindergarten readiness academies in West Virginia to 13, according to a news release from organizers. Read More WCHA/WVAH


August 3, 2016 - Efforts in West Virginia are continuing to push the Mountain State to the forefront of early education in efforts to improve the achievement gap. Four organizations, Toyota, The Education Alliance, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the United Way, Thursday announced a renewed and greater partnership to expand the Born Learning program. Read More The Register-Herald


August 3, 2016 - Mike Queen from Talkline on MetroNews talks to Dr. Amelia Courts, president/CEO of The Education Alliance, about the upcoming Assessment Stakeholder Convening which is a free opportunity to bring West Virginians across the state together to discuss measuring student assessment. Read More WV MetroNews (1:17:06)


July 26, 2016 - West Virginia organizations are teaming up and searching across the state for effective school-family partnership programs, such as fatherhood engagement initiatives, with the hope to spread successful programs and strategies to new schools through funding, training and publicity.  Read More The Charleston-Gazette Mail 


July 21, 2016 - As the waters recede, “Floods of Support” are coming in for local educators. The Floods of Support initiative, led by The Education Alliance, in collaboration with the West Virginia Board of Education, West Virginia Department of Education and Leadership West Virginia Education Committee, is currently accepting monetary and material donations from people and businesses to assist teachers in replacing classroom materials not covered by insurance. Read More The State Journal


July 15, 2016 - In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, several local organizations teamed up Thursday to bring fun and education activities to Rotary Gardens. Read More The Herald-Dispatch


July 14, 2016 - In light of the recent flooding that has devastated many areas across the state, members of the Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee have collaborated with state leaders and community organizations to help raise funds and secure replacement technology for schools within the impacted areas. Read More Clay County Free Press


July 11, 2016 - Volunteer West Virginia reports that while communities made great progress last weekend, many needs remain unmet. About 1,750 volunteers have been placed into work sites, but families and responding agencies are still indicating significant needs for extra support. Also, local volunteers need to take a break or return to work, so VWV is asking new volunteers to sign up to help this weekend. Read More The Fayette Tribune


July 11, 2016 - The Education Alliance has a website set up where people can making donations for West Virginia teachers who lost classroom supplies in the recent flood. Contributions are being accepted at Read More WV MetroNews


July 7, 2016 - In light of the recent flooding that has devastated many areas across the state, members of the Leadership West Virginia Alumni Education Committee have collaborated with state leaders and community organizations to help raise funds and secure replacement technology for schools within the impacted areas. The LWV Alumni Education Committee has also partnered with The Education Alliance to collect financial donations that are specific to education and technology restoration. Read More The Register-Herald