West Virginia supplement

Background and Benefits to Programs

The West Virginia Department of Education plans to use STEMworks as a clearinghouse for materials that support the West Virginia math4life initiative, specifically materials that encourage problem-solving through the use of activities that support creative thinking, developing mathematical habits of mind, collaboration, and real-world application.

Materials that STEMworks identifies as “Accomplished” and which meet the goals and criteria for the West Virginia math4life initiative will be included on a list of vetted resource materials for school districts to use to meet their local math4life goals.

What is West Virginia math4life?

West Virginia’s math4Life initiative is a comprehensive and intensive statewide effort to improve student mathematics performance throughout the state over the next five years. The WVDE seeks to work with counties and schools throughout the state to institute best practices, challenging pedagogy, and student engagement strategies to improve students’ mathematics achievement. The vision and goals of the math4Life initiative are found on the WVDE math4Life home page.

The WVDE is in the process of introducing and developing a 5-year statewide math4life plan. This plan will be designed around a statewide leadership team that will work collaboratively to create a system of mathematical improvement from the state level to the district level to the school level and, ultimately, to the student level. The counties will use the state standards to select their instructional materials and to implement math programs, technology supports, and community engagement practices to market their local math4life initiatives. The WVDE has a national advisory team that consists of Dr. Jason Zimba, Dr. Cathy Seeley, Dr. Jo Boaler, and Dr. Lou Maynus. Please visit the leadership and implementation team page for more information about the national advisory team and the statewide leadership team.

Summary of important dates and deadlines:

  • March 1, 2019 – application opens
  • March 11, 2019, 2pm Eastern Time – General STEMworks webinar for prospective applicants - register here
  • March 22, 2019, 5pm Eastern Time – STEMworks prescreening due
  • March 29, 2019, 5pm Eastern Time – application closed
  • Week of May 20, 2019 – STEMworks acceptances and West Virginia vetted materials list announced

The Application Process
After completing the steps for the STEMworks application, programs should complete the West Virginia supplemental question to indicate their interest.

Questions?
For more information on the West Virginia Department of Education or math4life, please reach out to Sonya White.

For other questions or technical assistance with your application, please contact the STEMworks helpdesk.