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The Future of Education — K-12

Challenge Ambassador: Donna Peduto, Executive Director, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative

Challenge Overview

With nearly one in every 18 West Virginia classrooms led by an individual who is not a certified teacher, there is a growing urgency to remedy the state’s teacher shortage through recruitment and retention efforts, particularly to fulfill high quality K-12 reading, math and science instruction.

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Team — Teacher Shortage/STEM Emphasis

Proposed Project

Recruit, Retain, Remain: Addressing the WV Teacher Shortage

The “Recruit, Retain, Remain” program is a multi-phase effort to bolster the pipeline of prospective students in STEM teacher education programs and provide professional support and mentoring through the early years of their careers.

This project was offered up to $10,000 in planning funding.

Team Members

  • Keisha Runion, Coordinator K-5 STEAM, Math, Social Studies, WV Department of Education
  • Alison Swan Dagan, Professor, Literacy Education, College of Education and Human Services
  • Cathy Morton, Director of HSTA/HCOP, Health Sciences and Technology Academy
  • Jennifer Robertson, Adjunct Professor in Chemistry and STEM Specialist, Extension Service
  • Mark Swiger, Director of Energy Express at WVU, Extension Service
  • Jeff Carver, Associate Professor of Science Education, Director of STEM Education K-12 Initiatives, College of Education and Human Services
  • Facilitator: Christine Rittenour, Associate Professor, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences