Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor • Kay Goodwin, Secretary of Education and the Arts • Dr. Dixie Billheimer, Chief Executive Officer
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Governor's Academy for Teaching Excellence
GATE is the cornerstone of the Center’s professional development programs. Designed to keep educators’ skills sharp and up-to-date, GATE sessions are held throughout state to give teachers and administrators around West Virginia access to this critical training resource.
Principals' Leadership Academy
The Principal’s Leadership Academy for experienced principals delivers innovative leadership training to meet principals’ professional development needs.
Evaluation Leadership Institute
Like most of the Center’s professional development programs, the Evaluation Leadership Institute is mandated by the West Virginia Legislature. ELI provides principals and central office administrators with training to build the skills needed to effectively evaluate personnel. The sessions are held each year in each Regional Education Service Area (RESA) of the state.
The Center’s Mentor Program prepares veteran teachers with the professional development needed to assist beginning teachers transition into the profession.
Beginning Teacher Academy
The Beginning Teacher Academy provides new teachers with the foundation of professional practices that will lead to a career of classroom success.
Research shows that students who participant in advanced placement classes are more likely to perform well in and graduate in less than four years from college. API is a comprehensive professional development program that prepares teachers to challenge students with rigorous subject matter that allows them to gain college credits while still in high school.
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Increased Support for Beginning Teachers
• 2016 PDS Conference
• Prevention Resource Officer Program (PRO)
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