West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Additional Curriculum Resources

Looking for tools to assist you with providing 21st Century Skills? This extensive resource for educators provides information on blogging, teaching resources, computer troubleshooting, ESL, software tutorials, and free online courses just to name a few!
The mission of the Arts in Education Program is to increase support and advocacy for arts education and for lifelong learning in the arts. The Arts in Education Program provides support for arts learning opportunities in schools and communities. Learn more about this program and available grants here.
Celebrating West Virginia's Rich Literary Heritage!
Exhibits in a physical space like a museum may come and go, but online they can live longer. Here you will find online components of our museum exhibits, additional information about our exhibits and artifacts, and exhibits that won't exist anywhere but here.
Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible.
There are a number of programs offered to promote and educate the arts in West Virginia classrooms. Learn more about these programs here.
Teaching and learning resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives, NASA, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, National Science Foundation, Peace Corps, Smithsonian, and more than 30 other federal agencies.
Website on a curriculum of environmental history. This 10-module, middle school curriculum gives teachers the opportunity to download social studies activities that are based upon archival materials. The centerpiece of each module is a compilation of primary resources--documents, maps, newspaper articles, oral histories or photographs--from which students will be asked to gather, examine, and analyze information, and synthesize insights.
The West Virginia Library Commission provides statewide databases to assist West Virginian's with research projects.
Looking for some new ideas to assist you in maintaining a respectful and effective classroom environment? Try using these free classroom simulation games featuring normal and disruptive events that frequently occur in primary and secondary classrooms to improve your skills. The randomly-selected events provide opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers to differentiate between normal and disruptive classroom events, make decisions that affect the physical and emotional health of students, practice relationship-building skills, efficiently utilize time in the classroom, and view the classroom as a system and understand how decisions affect all components of this system.
The Kids First Screening Initiative unites parents, health professionals and teachers to give West Virginia’s children the positive start in life they deserve. By working together, we can help ensure that every child receives the best possible chance to be healthy and ready to learn.
Search for lesson plans through this interactive teacher resource center to assist you with your curriculum needs.
This informative website developed by "The Futures Channel" explores real world careers in math and science. Watch videos and learn more about career paths students may find interesting.
Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program that provides K-12 teachers and other educators with hands-on classroom activities through training workshops.
SAS Curriculum Pathways is provided to WV public school teachers and students at no cost to the teacher or school. If you do not know what your username and password is to access SAS Curriculum Pathways, please contact Julie Brown at SAS at: julie.brown@sas.com.
State Archives provides nearly 100 video resources relating to historical events ocurring in West Virginia. If you are interested in learning more about West Virginia history these video files are a wonderful resource.
This site was designed by teachers to assist colleagues in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction in West Virginia Classrooms. It enables educators to quickly access 21st Century Content Standards, Learning Skills and Technology Tools for WV Schools, as well as other resources that exemplify rigorous and relevant instructional design and delivery.
The West Virginia Department of Education has partnered with the Verizon Foundation to roll out Thinkfinity which provides 21st century learning resources. • Thinkfinity has been rated the #1 site for free educational downloads two years in a row (2006, 2007) by Edutopia, from the George Lucas Foundation; • Thinkfinity offers over 4,000 lesson plans that will soon be aligned to the new West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives; • Thinkfinity offers over 55,000 student interactivities, movies, websites and other educational content provided by a number national organizations.
Thinkfinity.org makes it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. Thinkfinity.org also provides a wealth of educational and literacy resources for students, parents and after-school programs. All of Thinkfinity.org's 55,000 standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and reference materials are reviewed by the nation's leading education organizations to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students. At Thinkfinity.org, you'll find primary source materials, interactive student resources and grade-specific research lists to help you tailor materials to meet your needs. Start exploring now!
Looking for some online tools to help students better understand math concepts? Try watching some of these video math tutorials that cover Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Contemporary Math, Statistics and Chemistry. High speed Internet access and the latest flash software is recommended.
Interested in learning more about West Virginia's history? Test your knowledge through this interactive online quiz focused on West Virginia History.
This program is an instructional curriculum for educators K-12 that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. The WOW! Program includes: more than 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide.
The Solution Site is filled with K-12, hands-on, problem based thematic units with real world relevance. Invite your students to apply 21st Century skills and tools in your classroom everyday by incorporating lessons from The Solution Site into your teaching.