Response to Intervention Project (2008)
Franklin Elementary School was selected
this summer (2008) by the West Virginia Department of Education
to implement the Response to Intervention Program. The 3-Tier
Reading Model is a scientific, research-based "prevention"
model that provides an instructional framework for delivering
assessment-driven, differentiated instruction to all students,
including students at risk for and students with reading difficulties.
It focuses on reading instruction that uses scientific research-based
core, supplemental and intervention reading programs. It also
identifies struggling readers and provides the support they
analysis is being performed though the assessment program
DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills).
DIBELS is a set of seven assessment measures that were explicitly
developed to measure the essential components of early reading.
We can identify students at risk of future reading difficulty
early in the process when there is still time to make
a change and improve their chances of reading success.
Franklin Elementary K-3 and North Fork Elementary K-1 teachers
have been equipped with small handheld devices called Palms.
The DIBELS assessment software was installed on the Palms
providing the teachers with a touch screen device to easily
administer the tests. The data is then downloaded onto their
computers and processed into colorful reports for teachers
and parents. Time-consuming paper-pencil assessments are now
giving way to technological data-gathering software programs
allowing more time for teachers to work one-on-one with students.
More Than 100 Teachers Meet for Technology
Posted: 13 July 2006
The teachers, including special education
and career-technical teachers, library media specialists and
Ed Tech grant-funded educators all received free laptops
during the week-long session that is part of a 40-day program.
CHARLESTON, WV. More than 100 West Virginia teachers have
gathered in Charleston to become technology integration
specialists as part of the West Virginia Department of Education's
effort to incorporate 21st century skills into the classroom.
Once trained, the technology specialists will take their new
skills back to their home schools where they will help other
teachers integrate technology into their teaching plans to
improve student achievement.
"Technology is at the core of 21st century learning,"
said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "In
a digital world, the 21st century learner must learn to use
technology to master the core subjects and other important
skills. Teachers play a critical role in how their students
will learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century."
The training session comes only months after Education
Week Magazine identified West Virginia's educational technology
system as the best in the nation. In Technology Counts 2006,
West Virginia was named the top state for computer access,
data use and technology capacity in schools across the state.
The state received an A, while the nation received an overall
grade of C-plus. Judy Waggoner,
our middle school technology teacher participated in this
Posted: 3 April 2008 - Update
West Virginias school technology
policies and implementation strategies are among the best
in the nation according to Technology Counts 2008: STEM, The
Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The state received an overall score of 95.3 on the report,
which ranks West Virginia at the top of the class for its
use of technology.
the WVDE article
the 9-page report [WV section]
the full report online
Enhancing Education Through
Technology Grant (2008)
County students and faculty have been given the opportunity
to maximize their 21st Century Skills by means of the federally
funded Enhancing Education through Technology Grant. These
funds were used to purchase a digital visual presenter which
was paired with a laptop, interactive white board and projector.
Mary Beth Lambert utilized this technology with her 9-12
mathematics and physics classes. The digital visual presenter
allowed her to project student work onto the projector for
whole class instruction. The interactive white board responds
with a mere touch allowing students and teachers to manipulate,
draw, and work problems. She can create and save lessons
on the laptop and project them on the white board allowing
all students to participate.
A projector and video flex digital camera
was also provided for the high school science department.
The video flex can be attached to a microscope which then
projects the image onto a screen. It can capture images from
books, the computer, dissection demonstrations, or identification
of microscopic organisms. This will enable the instructor
to engage the entire class versus trying to coordinate many
Computer Repair Technician Course offered this fall at PCHS
course is being provided by a Benedum Foundation grant that
was awarded to ten high schools in the state. The grant
is managed out of the Office of the Governor under the direct
supervision of Nancy Sturm, Educational Technology Advisor
to Governor Manchin.
The benefits to this program to Pendleton County are:
High tech certified student computer repair technicians
in our high school
The course is open to students in grades
9-12. If a student is interested, he or she may call the school
Mondays (during the summer) when one of the principals is
available to answer questions about the application process.
On-site computer repair facility located in our high school
Trained workforce to aid with high-tech projects
Student preparation for work after high school or high tech
major in college
School prepared to offer other Aries Technology subjects:
Network Essentials, Server Essentials, Wireless Essentials,
the Aries Technology Course Description here.
Distance Learning - Quotes from those
County High School, through its video distance learning
classes, has provided me with some amazing opportunities.
I have had the chance to take advanced classes and college
courses in which I've received one-on-one attention from
very competent professors.
Read more from those
involved in the distance learning classes.
"After taking College English and Calculus
though distance learning, I now feel capable of competing
with students from large schools and just as prepared
for college as they are. The distance learning program
is definitely a blessing for many students attending PCHS
in this rural area."
the Technology page.