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November 21, 2017 - One Warwood Middle School student today called the S.T.E.A.M. Carnival the best day of their life. And while the event can't be held every day, the interactive learning exercises from S.T.E.A.M. Day will be fresh on students' minds for a while. Read More News 9 - WTOV TV


November 20, 2017 - If there are two things West Virginia employers are looking for in prospective employees, they are the ability to solve problems and the ability to work in teams. Communication and math skills are important, too, but those soft skills can make the difference in whether a person gets a job. Read More WV Association Press


November 10, 2017 - Even before the early Thursday announcement that West Virginia will potentially see $83.7 billion in investment from China Energy for shale gas and chemical manufacturing projects over 20 years, things were looking up for the Mountain State economy. Voters last month approved a $1.6 billion road bond project that will bring thousands of construction and related jobs, not to mention new and improved roads and bridges to support economic growth. Read More The Charleston Gazette-Mail


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 END


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