An Overview of the WV Early Learning Standards Framework

Professional Development System

The West Virginia Pre-K Early Learning Standards Framework (WV ELSF) Professional Development System is a statewide professional development system designed for all early childhood educators, administrators and families as part of WV Universal Pre-K.  The purpose of the WV ELSF Professional Development System is to strengthen the correlation between early learning standards implementation and assessment for teachers, assistant teachers, administrators and families in WV Universal Pre-K.  This professional development system focuses on capacity building at the local level and provides content which is research-based, aligned with the WV Early Learning Standards Framework and the WV Pre-K Child Assessment System, as well as coordinates components for educators, administrators, and parents/families.   

The system includes 12 modules for pre-k educators that target an early learning standard domain per year, as well as guidance and supports for pre-k families and administrators.  The professional development is designed to assist pre-k educators to recognize and implement appropriate environmental and instructional strategies that support early learning development integration of appropriate early learning experiences.  Content will cover current theory, expectations of young children, teaching strategies, and the correlation to formative assessment and personalized learning.  Upon completion of the course, educators will be able to select, plan, implement, observe, and evaluate appropriate early learning strategies that are standards-based and aligned to the WV ELSF.

Resources and training for family engagement and administrator support are essential components of the comprehensive design of the WV ELSF Professional Development System.   Through collaborative partnerships with the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL), a research-to-practice technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Science Center, the Benedum Foundation, and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, these resources and supports are provided to ensure a comprehensive approach to professional development.

Each county collaborative early childhood team applying for the WV ELSF Professional Development System will develop a county leadership team to ensure that content is delivered appropriately to educators, administrators and families.  The average leadership team consists of four to six members representing the three major focuses: educators, administrators and families. Attached is a quick overview of the WV ELSF Professional Development System.


WV ELSF Professional Development System –Quick Overview


          Educator Content Focus

          Professional development modules (12 modules/45 clock hours)

          Alignment  with WV Early Learning Standards  and WV Pre-K Childhood Assessment System

          Multiple options for those seeking professional development/course credits


          Administrator Support

          Leadership classroom walk-through to assist with identification of best practices

          Ongoing training and/or support for leaders to align with educator-focused professional development


          Parent/Family Engagement

          Utilization of tools to assist with parent/family engagement and involvement

          Collaboration with WV Department for Education and the Arts – Imagination Library and Center for Early Literacy Learning - CELL Toolkits for Language and Literacy Series

          Collaboration with the Carnegie Science Center and Benedum Foundation for the Math and Science Series



Currently, the ELSF Professional Development System is available in the following domains:


·         Language and Literacy

·         Math and Science

·         Arts and Physical Development (piloting 2013-14)

·         Social and Emotional (coming soon)