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The WVPEC and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation are providing funding and resources to help West Virginia teachers innovate, inform and inspire in their classrooms.

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West Virginia teachers are exposing their students to new, innovative ways of learning through the WVPEC’s Teacher Innovation mini-grants program. After receiving 198 applications, 23 unique projects have been selected.

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Projects aim to improve academic outcomes and promote equitable learning.

 pie chart project category data, where 9 of project were from Career and Technical Education, 6 from STEAM, 4 from Family Engagement, 2 from English Language Arts, and 2 from Special Education.

Project Category 

 pie chart project Grade Level data, where 13 of project were for Elementary, 5 for  Middle school, 4 for High school, and 1 for all.

Grade Level


Things with Wings

Teacher: Jared Baker

Grade(s): Pre-Kindergarten,Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5

School: Explorer Academy

County: Cabell

Students learn about various bird species, along with their habitats and behaviors, by participating in fun learning activities related to the live chickens that are raised at the school. 

MCSWE Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Teacher: Janet Cunningham

Grade(s): Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5

School: Mary C Snow

County: Kanawha

Students explore the connections between STEAM and art by engaging in creative activities related to the upcoming solar eclipses.

Painting that LITERALLY Talk to You

Teacher: Sandra Cress

Grade(s): Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

School: Fairview Middle School

County: Marion

Students create interactive artwork that can be used as an instructional tool for younger students and develop greater appreciation for the use of visual art.

Robotic Aerial Drones in the Classroom, Competition Field, and Beyond

Teacher: Mrs. Michelle Farley

Grade(s): 6,7,8

School: South Middle School

County: Monongalia

Students engage in an aerial drone competition that hone their piloting, coding, communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Solving today’s VEXing problems with VEX Robotics!

Teacher: Jennifer Reaves

Grade(s): Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5

School: Mylan Park Elementary

County: Monongalia

Students develop computational thinking skills through integrated challenges involving VEX Robots. 

3D Printer - West Virginia Flood Protection Methods

Teacher: Samantha Haught

Grade(s): 9,10,11,12

School: Preston High School

County: Preston

Students learn more about West Virginia’s floods and flood protections by constructing their own models using a 3D printer and creating informational materials.

Recreating Places with Makerspaces

Teacher: Christy Hunt

Grade(s): 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

School: Fall River Elementary (Current Home School)

County: McDowell

Students use various makerspace materials to recreate local historical landmarks and create products for sale that help raise funding for their school.

3D Super Me

Teacher: Sandra Wiseman

Grade(s): Kindergarten,5

School: Woodsdale Elementary School

County: Ohio

Students use their imaginations to envision new superheroes that solve real-world problems by constructing 3D action figures and creating an eBook to publish and share with each other, their parents, an online audience, and the residents of the Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital.

"What's the Weather?" Turning Little Learners into BIG Thinkers

Teacher: Vada Boback

Grade(s): Kindergarten

School: Hillsboro Elementary School

County: Pocahontas

Students learn about weather through various interactive experiences.

Career and Technical Education

Bee the Change

Teacher: Tyler Butts

Grade(s): 9,10,11,12

School: Spring Mills High School

County: Berkeley

Students learn about the importance of bees in agriculture by collaborating with Future Farmers of America to care for live beehives.

Student Created News Network

Teacher: Brittany Porter

Grade(s): 6,7,8

School: Guyan Valley Middle School

County: Lincoln

Students explore careers in broadcasting, journalism and production by creating their own daily show that delivers daily news, events and announcements from the GVMS students, staff and community.

Crime Science and Forensic Science

Teacher: Margie Suder

Grade(s): 5,6,7,8

School: East Fairmont Middle School

County: Marion

Students delve into forensic science and criminal justice by participating in the investigative process, from evidence collection to mock trial.

Ready, Set, 3D Print!

Teacher: Brandy Lackie

Grade(s): 4,5

School: West Liberty Elementary School

County: Ohio

Students learn about small business and entrepreneurship by designing a 3D prototype to help solve problems facing local businesses while collaborating with Partners in Education and Community Businesses in West Liberty.

21st Century Design

Teacher: Angela D. Abbott

Grade(s): 6,7,8

School: Winfield Middle School

County: Putnam

Students learn about small business and entrepreneurship by operating the “Generals Production Studio,” a simulated workplace that designs and prints materials for neighboring schools.

School Store

Teacher: Virginia Martin

Grade(s): 11,12

School: Wyoming County Career & Technical Center

County: Wyoming

Students with special needs learn about the workplace by operating a store that sells items from the school’s very own trade workshop (carpentry, welding, electrical, diesel, graphic arts, pre-engineering).

Family Engagement

Creating Connections Through Family Engagement Nights

Teacher: Christa Miller

Grade(s): 2

School: Warwood School

County: Ohio

Students and their families engage in a series of after-school events that foster creativity and promote learning at home by collaborating with a children’s book author and the local library.

Rockets and Families Launching Into Early Education

Teacher: Jill Stemple

Grade(s): Pre-Kindergarten

School: Rock Cave Elementary School

County: Upshur

Parents discover different ways that “loose parts,” or ordinary items found at home, can be used to increase STEAM and literacy skills during after-school family events.

Bilingual Library Books

Teacher: Jennifer Smith

Grade(s): Pre-Kindergarten,Kindergarten,1,2,3

School: Bunker Hill Elementary

County: Berkeley

Students gain access to a large collection of bilingual books in the school library, which supports students and families who are learning English as their second language while exposing native English speakers to diverse literature.

Historical Research Methods: Documenting Local History

Teacher: Daric Piraino

Grade(s): 10,11,12

School: Keyser High School

County: Mineral

Students engage with the local community to research and produce a feature-length documentary highlighting the historical accomplishments of Mineral County residents.

English Language Arts

Support for Personalized Learning and Co-teaching Models Professional Development

Teacher: Holly Stillion

Grade(s): 6,7,8

School: Moundsville Middle School

County: Marshall

Teachers implement the Support for Personalized Learning (SPL) process by examining student performance data and making recommendations to improve school achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Podcasting Reader's Theatre

Teacher: Leigh Ann Hoffman

Grade(s): 4

School: George Ward Elementary School

County: Randolph

Students improve reading fluency and gain production experience by creating a reader’s theatre podcast for the school and local community.

Special Education

School Garden

Teacher: Rebecca Walton

Grade(s): Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5

School: Peterson Central Elementary School

County: Lewis

Students with special needs develop independence and learn how to grow food by planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden that supplements the school’s lunch/snack program.

Virtual Reality – The Future of Education

Teacher: Melissa Brammer

Grade(s): Kindergarten,1,2,3,4,5

School: Stratton Elementary

County: Raleigh

Students with special needs engage in augmented and virtual reality experiences that builds communication and adaptivity skills.