The West Virginia Board of Education and the WVDE Office of Early Learning (Grades Pre-K through 5) are dedicated to the development of strong foundations for early learning for all West Virginia children. This foundation is dependent upon all West Virginia children reading on grade level by the end of 3rd Grade. A commitment to ensuring strong foundations requires a comprehensive approach to early learning programming based on research and developmentally appropriate practices that target strong relationships, engaging environments, standards, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. To ensure all of West Virginia’s children are provided opportunities to succeed and become lifelong learners, the Office of Early Learning has established four key priorities:
• Advance a unified commitment to excellence and equity in early childhood education and early learning;
• Establish strong foundations for early learning from school readiness through 5th grade;
• Close the literacy achievement gap by 3rd grade; and
• Ensure all children are on target to achieve career and college readiness.
The WVDE Office of Early Learning, in collaboration with state and national early childhood education leaders, has established an Advisory Committee on a Comprehensive Approach to Early Learning that is committed to closing the literacy achievement gap. This Advisory Committee is committed to the development of a cohesive system of early childhood education based on research and best practices. Through a collaborative, intentionally-designed, and well-implemented PreK-5th Grade approach, not only will closing the literacy achievement gap by 3rd Grade be possible, but West Virginia children will be better prepared for school and set on a course for career and college readiness.
The WVDE Advisory Committee on a Comprehensive Approach to Early Learning guides the Office of Early Learning’s broadened Pre-k - 5th Grade work through six targeted work groups – Universal Pre-K, School Readiness, Third Grade Literacy Proficiency, Instruction and Learning, Workforce Development and Advocacy and Public Engagement. Clayton Burch, Executive Director for the Office of Early Learning, chairs the Advisory Committee and meets with work group team leaders quarterly. Team leaders work collaboratively with state, local, and national stakeholders to establish comprehensive work plans to meet the goals of the WVDE Office of Early Learning P-5 Logic Model, ultimately impacting the 3rd grade literacy gap and career and college readiness. The WVDE Advisory Committee on a Comprehensive Approach to Early Learning reports regularly to the WVBE High Quality Educator Committee.
For more information contact:
August 9, 2013 WVDE Advisory Committee Kick Off Meeting Resources
Taking Charge of Change so ALL West Virginia Children Are Successful in School and Life - attached
Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D. , Senior Project Director, Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes
Video Links from Presentation:
Summer Learning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM&feature=player_embedded