WV Department of Education Information

Learning Resources for Families

Resources for families with students returning to school are available to share under the family and student section of the WVDE COVID-19 Resources page. Parents looking to improve their children’s learning experience this fall can review a suite of videos that offer tips for navigating the new realities of learning in the ever-changing educational landscape. Organized by the WVU College of Education and Human Services and West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, all videos are designed to support families and make learning fun and easy for everyone. The videos can be viewed here.  

Additionally, please find other valuable resources for families listed below. These and other family resources can be located under the Family and Student section at https://wvde.us/covid19/resources/.

Common Sense Media: Created and shared Wide Open School in order to support families during the spring and summer of 2020. Wide Open School now contains a Family & Teacher Center with back-to-school supports for families, as well as resources for teachers.  

Remake Learning Days and Transform for Tomorrow: Teamed up to offer a new six-part, back-to-school series for parents and caregivers.  

So Now What?: Is a virtual series bringing together the country’s leading experts in education and childhood development to share and learn from one another. Parents, families and caregivers can register here.  

For more information on these resources, please contact Erika Klose or the Office of Middle & Secondary Learning at 304-558-5325.

Advanced Placement Resources

The College Board has released the following new resources to assist Advanced Placement® (AP®) educators, coordinators and students. Please share the following links with the appropriate audience:

AP® 2020-21 School Year Resources: apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/ap-2020-2021/school-year-resources

Student and Educator sign in to AP® Resources: myap.collegeboard.org

24/7 Teacher Support: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/learning-development

For more information, please contact Karen Linville or the Office of Middle & Secondary Learning at 304-558-5325.  

Academic Fairs & Competitions

Currently, no academic fairs or competitions have been scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19. The regional fair coordinators recently met and are exploring some digital options for these activities.  

The Office of Middle & Secondary Learning will provide the Academic Fairs and Competitions final plans/dates this coming October.  

Digital Science and/or Social Studies Fair(s): An announcement will be made in early October for counties who may choose to participate in a totally digital Science and/or Social Studies Fair(s).

Golden Horseshoe and Young Writers: There are no dates set for these student competitions. The Golden Horseshoe and Young Writers stakeholders will meet this fall to make final decisions on these competitions and ensure that all students who choose to participate will have the opportunity.  

Arts Alive: The date will be determined later this fall. Please note that the 2020 digital showcase for Arts Alive was very successfully broadcast on PBS. If you were unable to watch the performance, it can be found here.

For more information about student events, please contact Joey Wiseman or the Office of Middle & Secondary Learning at 304-558-5325.

Game Changer Virtual Summits

A series of virtual summits are set to take place on September 21-24, 2020 and are aimed at tackling opioid and substance misuse among the state’s young people. These optional summits will be available to middle and high schools and will be streamed each day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (content will be the same each day). The goal of the Game Changer initiative is to empower students to make healthy choices and become leaders in their community.

The Game Changer Summits is a cooperative effort between the Governor’s Office, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy, West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute, the state’s six prevention lead organizers, local, state, and federal law enforcement, and the education sector. Registration information will be forthcoming. Questions may be directed to Joe Boczek or 304-288-5924.