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WV Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
Charleston, WV 25305
Tel. 304-558-0200
Fax. 304-558-6268
Email: dray@access.k12.wv.us

LATEST NEWS and EVENTS

 

May 2014 The WVDE is seeking three individuals to serve on a committee to finalize the Content Standards Alignment.  There will be one face-to-face session and additional work will be completed independently with group progress checks.  Deadline for application is May 30, 2014, and all work will be completed by June 30, 2014.  For more information, please click here or contact Debbie Nicholson at dlnichol@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200. 

May 2014 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a classroom facilitator for the WVDE STARTALK camp to be held at Cheat Lake Elementary School in Morgantown, WV from June 16-27, 2014.  Applicants must be WV certified teachers and must have experience with the Chinese language.  This position will require the facilitator to work with students from China who will be volunteering at the camp.  For additional information and for the application, please click here.  Applications are due on May 19, 2014.  For any questions, please contact Debbie Nicholson dlnichol@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200. 

May 2014 The West Virginia Spanish Language Immersion Camp (WVSLIC) is seeking program instructors, counselors and support staff for the 2014 summer camp.  Please click here to complete an online application. 

April 2014 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking three classroom instructors, one lead instructor, and one facilitator for the WVDE STARTALK camp to be held at Cheat Lake Elementary School in Morgantown, WV from June 16-27, 2014. Additional days of training are required. Instructors and facilitators must have native or near native level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Please see the application for lead instructor for more details. Please see the application for instructor for more details. Please see the application for facilitator for more details. Please contact Debbie Nicholson, dlnichol@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

April 2014 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a consultant to review and assist with the alignment of world language standards. Please see the application for details (Word). 

February 2014 The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) is a consortium of 11 states developing an assessment that measures English Language Learners’ mastery of the communication demands of states’ rigorous academic standards. Educator participation in the development of the tests is crucial to ELPA21’s success. There are various points in the development of ELPA21 where input from teachers and other educators is needed, the first of which is in the development and review of test items. ELPA21 is seeking educators with experience working with English language learners from West Virginia to work with the item development vendor, ETS, to write and review over 700 assessment items.

Please click here to submit your name, contact information, and experience for consideration. Please see the attachment (PDF) for additional details or contact your ELPA21 state representatives, Robert Crawford at rcrawford@access.k12.wv.us  or Mami Itamochi at mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us  for more information.

 

February 2014 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a Lead Japanese Instructor and a Site Coordinator for the WVDE and Cabell County 2014 Japanese Immersion Summer Camp to be held at Guyandotte Elementary School in Huntington, WV from June 9 -20, 2014. Additional days of training are required. Japanese Lead Instructor must have native level or near native level proficiency in Japanese. Please see the application for Japanese Lead Instructor (word) for more details. Please see the application for Site Coordinator (word) for more details. Application deadline is 2/28/2014. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

January 2014 WVTESOL, the West Virginia affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) will hold its 17th annual conference at West Virginia University in Morgantown on April 5, 2014, hosted by the WVU Department of World Languages, Literatures & Linguistics.  All those working or interested in working with English language learners are invited to attend. There will be presentations for all levels and settings, including teaching ESL to international students in higher education.  For more information and call for proposals, please visit this link.

Decembert 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking Spanish/Chinese(Mandarin)/Arabic/Vietnamese/Urdu translators. See attached application (word) for more details about the project. The application deadline is December 13, 2013. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

December 2013 The West Virginia International School is seeking a Japanese curriculum development consultant/Japanese teacher for August to December, 2013. Please see the application (word) for more details. Application dead line is December 13, 2013. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

Aug 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a Lead Japanese Instructor and a Site Coordinator for the WVDE and Cabell County 2014 Japanese Immersion Summer Camp to be held at Guyandotte Elementary School in Huntington, WV from June 9 -20, 2014. Additional days of training are required. Japanese Lead Instructor must have native level or near native level proficiency in Japanese. Please see the application for Japanese Lead Instructor (word) for more details. Please see the application for Site Coordinator (word) for more details. Application deadline is 9/3/2013. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

July 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking indivisuals to serve as a course developers for online classes offered thru the WVDE office of instructional technology. Those chosen will be assigned ESL topics to research and develop informational and meaningful activities for sessions. Also those chosen will be working on develop professional development materials (SIOP). There will be maximum of 4 candidates. The application deadline is 8/6/2013, all completed work has to be submitted on 10/18/2013. Please see the application form (word). For more information, please contact Mami Itamochi (mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us) or 304-558-0200.

July 2013 The West Virginia International School is seeking a Japanese curriculum development consultant/Japanese teacher for August to December, 2013. Please see the application (word) for more details. Application dead line is July 10, 2013. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

April 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking individuals to serve as course developers for online classes offered thru the WVDE office of instructional technology. Those chosen will be assigned topics to research and develop informational and meaningful activities for two separate sessions. There will be maximum of 6 World Language and 6 ESL candidates. The application deadline is April 12, all completed work has to be submitted on June 21. Please see the application form (word). For more information, please contact Debbie Nicholson (dlnichol@access.k12.wv.us) or Mami Itamochi (mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us), 304-558-0200.

March 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking one instructor, one lead instructor, and two facilitators and one lead facilitator for the WVDE Cabell County Japanese Immersion Summer Camp to be held at Guyandotte Elementary School in Huntington, WV from June 11-14, 2013. Additional days of training are required. Instructors must have native level or near native level proficiency in Japanese. Please see the application for lead instructor (word) for more details. Please see the application for instructor (word) for more details. Please see the application for lead facilitator (word) for more details. Please see the application for facilitators (word) for more details. All application dead line is April 8, 2013. Please contact Mami Itamochi, mitamochi@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions.

March 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking three classroom instructors, one lead instructor,  and one facilitator for the WVDE STARTALK camp to be held at Cheat Lake Elementary School in Morgantown, WV from June 17-28, 2013.  Additional days of training are required.  Instructors and facilitators must have native or near native level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.  Please see the application for lead instructor for more details.  Please see the application for instructor for more details.  Please see the application for facilitator for more details.  Please contact Debbie Nicholson, dlnichol@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-0200 for any questions. 

February 2013 WVTESOL 16th Annual Spring Conference, Charleston, WV, Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2013.WVTESOL, the West Virginia affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) will hold its 16th annual conference at Garnet Career Center in Charleston, WV.  We expect it to be an exciting event for English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals. Attached is the Call for Proposals (Link) and a Flyer concerning the conference (Link). Please feel free to distribute these electronically. Registration and Conference fee information is included in the flyer. The Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2013.  The Registration Deadline: March 21, 2013.

January 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program - The2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will provide 24 U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a conference in San Francisco and to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The 24 educators from Japan will travel to the United States in late April, and 24 educators from the U.S. will travel to Japan in June. At the end of the program in each country, all 48 educators will gather for a few days of joint collaboration. Please visit the website at http://www.iie.org/esdteacher for more information or to start an application. The application deadline is February 6, 2013.

January 2013 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking consultants to serve as a Director (Word) and Assistant Director (Word) for the West Virginia Spanish Language Immersion Camp.  The application deadline is January 22, 2013.

August 2012 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking Spanish and Chinese translators. See attached application (word) for more details about the project. The application deadline is August 31, 2012.

August 2012 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a puppet maker to produced materials for the Language Leaper Program.  See the attached application (word)  for more details about the project.  The application deadline is August 20, 2012

March 2012 WVTESOL 15th Annual Conference, Mussleman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, 2012. WVTESOL, the West Virginia affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) will hold its 15th annual conference at Mussleman High School in Inwood, West Virginia. We expect it to be an exciting event for English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals. Attached is the Call for Proposals (Link) and a Flyer concerning the conference (Link). Please feel free to distribute these electronically. Registration and Conference Fee information will be posted to the website at http://tesolwv.org/Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2012. 

February 2012 The West Virginia Department of Education will sponsor the inaugural West Virginia Spanish Language Immersion Camp during the summer of 2012. Student application materials are now posted at the program site www.wvslic.nysf.com. Attachments for program procedures, application materials and other documents can also be accessed directly here: Student Application Packet (Word), Procedure Memo to County Superintendents (PDF), Superintendent Selection Form (Word), School Selection Form (Word). Student Application Deadline: March 16, 2012

February 2012The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a consultant and team members for the world language standards revision process. Please see the applications for details.  Consultant (Word) Team Member (Word) Deadline: February 22

January 2012 The Office of Title II, III and System Support is pleased to announce the 2012 Summer Institute for Teachers of ESL & World Language.  This year’s program will coincide with the West Virginia Spanish Language Immersion Camp and will provide participants an opportunity to explore the concept of personalized learning as it relates to language learning.  The Summer Institute will take place June 28-30 in Ripley, WV.  Teachers can register for the program by accessing the registration link http://wvde.state.wv.us/register/20120628_esl/index.php . See the attached flyer (PDF) for more details.  Deadline:  March 1, 2012 

January 2012 The Cultural Services Department of the Embassy of France is sponsoring the 2012 “Green Connection” contest. The program challenges high school students to think about environmental issues and submit individual proposals or environmental action plans.  Students with the best proposal are invited to participate in an all-expense-paid educational trip to France in the summer.  See the attached application (Word) and information sheet (PDF) for details.  Deadline: April 15, 2012   

December 2011 Save the Date!  The West Virginia Department of Education will be sponsoring a Spanish Language Immersion Camp the week of June 27 – July 3, 2012.  The camp will be held at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center and will be open to current 8th grade through 10th grade students.  Application materials will be distributed in January. A minimum of two students will be selected from each county to participate in this free summer program!  Additionally, teachers interested in applying to work in the immersion program can complete and submit application materials at the following site:  http://www.nysf.com/staff   

December 2011 The Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in the U.S. is offering a number of grants to qualified primary and secondary school teachers of French looking to enhance knowledge of French culture and improve language and teaching skills.  Grants include tuition and training for 2 weeks in the summer and a travel /program allowance.  Go to www.frenchculture.org to apply.  Deadline:  February 29, 2012 

December 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a Federal Grant Project EvaluatorSee the application (word) for more details. The application deadline is March 15, 2012.

November 2011 The Teacher of Critical Language Program (TCLP) offers to place EFL teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. Visit www.tclprogram.org for more information. The program application deadline is January 9, 2012.

October 2011 The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.  Applications for summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 programs are due November 3, 2011.  Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information. 

 

October 2011 The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend a semester or an academic year in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey.  This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 11, 2012. Visit the YES Program’s website for more information.

 

October 2011 The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  Young professionals (undergraduates) and high-school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2012-13. Prior German language skills are not required.  For more information visit USAGermanyScholarship.org.

 

October 2011The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.   Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.

October 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a ESL professional development consultant to provide program consultation and training for an upcoming summer institute.  Please see the application for details. (Word)  Deadline: November 4

October 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a world language professional development consultant to provide program consultation and training for an upcoming summer student program.  Please see the application for details. (Word)  Deadline: October 14

August 2011  The West Virginia State University Office of International Affairs and Modern Foreign Languages in collaboration with Université Laval, and participant West Virginia Middle and High School French Departments will sponsor the third annual travel -study to Quebec City in the summer of 2012.  For more information contact Dr. James Natsis natsisja@wvstateu.edu

August 2011 The 2011 WVFLTA Conference titled "Fostering a Culture of Global Proficiency:  Let’s Talk with the World" is scheduled for September 30 & October 1 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Complete information and registration forms are available on the WVFLTA website - www.wvflta.org

 

August 2011 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides educators an opportunity to learn, share, and develop a project overseas. Apply for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to receive funding for travel and your curriculum development work in fields related to humanities, languages, and area studies.  This year’s seminars include opportunities in Brazil, Colombia, China, India, Mexico, Oman & UAE and Uruguay.  Go to http://www.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap or see the attachment (PDF) for details. The deadline to apply is October 25, 2011

August 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking language specialists to provide authentic cultural and language support for the Language Leaper Program. Please see the application (Word) for details.  Deadline:  August 22

July 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking West Virginia elementary content and world language assessment consultants to develop original program curriculum. Please see the applications for details.  Elementary Consultant (Word) World Language Consultant (Word) Deadline:  August 5 

June 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking an early language learning consultant to provide methodology training and program consultation review for the Language Leaper Program. See the attached application (word) for more details about the project. The application deadline is July 13, 2011.

June 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a puppet maker to produce materials for the Language Leaper Program. See the attached application (word) for more details about the project. The application deadline is June 24, 2011.

May 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking new elementary schools to pilot the Language Leaper Elementary World Language Program.  The program has been developed as part of a federal SEA FLAP grant and provides elementary students the opportunity to acquire initial proficiency in the language of study. See the application (word) for more details.  Deadline:  June 5 

March 2011 The West Virginia Center for Professional Development in partnership with the WVDE Office of Title II, III and System Support is pleased to announce a new cohort for Go Global!  The Go Global initiative facilitates the creation of school-based professional learning communities specifically focused on international content and the development of opportunities to support international learning and the pursuit of global competence for teachers and students.  See the application (pdf) for more details.  Deadline: April 15

 

March 2011 WVDE Summer Institute for Teachers of ESL & World Languages will be held in Huntington, WV  June 21-24, 2011.  This year participants will learn how to implement LinguaFolioTM in order to support student language learning.  See the flyer (pdf) for more details.  Apply at http://wvde.state.wv.us/register/20110621_esl/index.php   Deadline: May 9 

Feb 2011 West Virginia University will offer a special study/travel programs to China for K-12 teachers (June 15 - July 15). Six credits of graduate level study will be offered. The programs are developed with sister institutions in China, and are open to any and all interested teacher. For more information, please visit the website: http://art.ccarts.wvu.edu/international_programs/china_program/ceramics_summer_ii_2009

Feb 2011 Applications are now available for 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica. This program offers a full funded professional development opportunity U.S. educators (full-time classroom teachers of all subjects and librarians, grades 7-12 are eligible to apply). The program will take place November 19 through December 3, 2011 and the deadline to apply is May 4, 2011. More information is available at www.iie.org/toyota

Feb 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking ESL LinguaFolio Material Reviewers. See the this application (word) for more details about the project. The application deadline is February 15, 2011.

Feb 2011 The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a Federal Grant Project Evaluator.See the application (word) for more details.  The application deadline is March 15, 2011. 

Jan 2011    WVTESOL 14th Annual Conference, The Jackson County Center at WVU-Parkersburg (in Ripley), West Virginia, Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, 2011. WVTESOL, the West Virginia affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) will hold its 14th annual conference at The Jackson County Center at WVU-Parkersburg in Ripley, West Virginia. We expect it to be an exciting event for English as a Second Language (ESL) professionals. Attached is the Call for Proposals (word) and a Flyer concerning the conference (word). Please feel free to distribute these electronically. Registration and Conference Fee information will be posted to the website at http://tesolwv.org/Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2011. 

Jan. 2011 Chinese Guest Teacher Webinar Presentation (PowerPoint)

Jan. 2011 WVFLTA Proposals The West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association is requesting proposals for presenters for the fall conference scheduled September 30-October 1, 2011. This year's theme is: Fostering a Culture of Global Proficiency –Let’s Talk with the World.  Please see the attachment for details. (Word)