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November 6, 2017 - Our next guest was Amelia Courts, President & CEO of The Education Alliance. This non-profit that works to improve public schools in WV is exploring a new student-centered learning model. Read More The AJR News Network


November 6, 2017 - Four industry representatives said when looking for new hires, especially recent graduates, they need applicants who not only have the base skills requirements but also have soft skills like being collaborative. Read More The Register-Herald


November 6, 2017 - On Nov. 1, Berkeley County Schools was awarded the “Exemplary Partnership for Career Readiness Award” for its Jump Start program in collaboration with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. The award was presented by The Education Alliance in Charleston at the annual West Virginia Education Summit: Education is Everyone’s Business. Read More The Journal


November 5, 2017 - The school’s program was made possible by the Education Alliance and its ambitious STEM Network Schools Program created in 2015. Along with Spring Mills, seven other West Virginia schools were selected to create model STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that pioneer innovative STEM-education techniques and workplace learning experiences for students. Read More The State Journal


November 1, 2017 - Arguing that jobs are threatened by future automation and criticizing current prevailing education models, the president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning advocated Wednesday for the nationally in vogue education concept of “personalized learning” and the related idea of “competency based education.” Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


November 1, 2017 - On November 1st, nearly 250 business, community and education leaders gathered in Charleston for the West Virginia Education Summit: Education is Everyone’s Business to discuss personalizing career readiness to improve student achievement. Read More


November 1, 2017 - A change is coming to how students in West Virginia’s K-12 public education system learn, an expert said Wednesday. It may take a while, but the evolutionary change is part of a nationwide trend. The change is called personalized education. It moves away from the teacher-centered model and toward one where students are more in control of their learning, much of which is through hands-on experience. Read More The Exponent Telegram


October 30, 2017 - As we think about the tremendous opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for our economy, the connection between jobs and education is obvious. West Virginia will need every one of our 280,000 public school students to be fully prepared for the “new collar” jobs of the future. Regardless of your current role (parent, grandparent, employer, educator), if you are a citizen of our state, education is your business. Read More The State Journal


October 29, 2017 - Recently, West Virginia University released its annual Economic Outlook report. The five-year forecast indicates that while there are still challenges ahead, the outlook for West Virginia is much more upbeat than prior years. Our state will likely see employment rise by an average of 0.07 percent for the next five years, just slightly below the national average of 0.09 percent. Read More The Charleston Gazette


October 26, 2017 - Personalizing career readiness to improve student achievement is the topic of this year’s West Virginia Education Summit: Education is Everyone’s Business, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Read More The Exponent Telegraham


October 23, 2017 - The chief operating officer for Appalachian Power Company says he is finding students with two-year degrees tend to be more desirable as prospective employees than those with more years of education and advanced degrees. Read More WV MetroNews


October 19, 2017 - More than 1,300 students from across West Virginia are testing their math and science skills at the 19th Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop. The event drew 40 schools from 13 counties to Appalachian Power Park Thursday. Read More WV MetroNews


October 17, 2017 - Three more elementary schools in West Virginia are joining a program that encourages parents of preschoolers to turn everyday tasks into learning experiences so their children will be more ready to learn when they hit kindergarten. Bridge-Clendenin Elementary in Kanawha County, Mylan Park Elementary in Monongalia County and Tuscarora Elementary in Berkeley County will join 11 other schools in the West Virginia United Way Born Learning Academies. Read More The Preston County News and Journal


October 13, 2017 - An early childhood learning program is expanding in West Virginia. On Friday, three West Virginia elementary schools were added to the Born Learning Academy program, bringing the total number of school readiness academies in the state to 14.  Read More WV MetroNews


October 13, 2017 - An innovative early childhood education program will add three new schools across West Virginia in an effort to increase the amount of students prepared to enter kindergarten. It’s a big task – kindergarten preparedness is linked to overall student success, such as third-grade reading levels. Recent data shows nearly half of W.Va. students tested below proficient reading level, and 70 percent were not proficient in math. By helping students start school on the right path, they’re more likely to stay on the path to success in school and life. Read More


September 21, 2017 - Aurora School will once again offer the programs titled “Little Learners” and “Born Learning” for preschool children and their families during the 2017–18 school year. The Little Learner’s program will offer weekly library hour and playgroup sessions with academic readiness stations for children ages 2, 3 and 4. Childcare providers may bring children for parents who work. Read More The Grant County Republican


September 21, 2017 - Teachers became the students Wednesday, at Spring Mills High School, for the sake of innovation in teaching related to STEM. The Education Alliance Business and Community for Public Schools provided the training to the eight STEM Network schools across the state. Read More The Journal


June 30, 2017 - Teachers in STEM subjects in four counties have wrapped up a week of visiting local employers to learn what skills students should know when entering the job market. Beth Bowden of the Education Alliance said 40 teachers from Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties participated in the week-long STEMersion program. They were middle school and high school teachers in math, science and technology, she said. Read More The State Journal


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


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