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New teaching certification program: American Public University System announced a new online teaching endorsement and certificate program for West Virginia K-12 teachers. The APUS program, developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, is designed to help enhance online instructional competencies and improve student achievement outcomes. The program adheres to the tenets of the U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan 2010, which calls for personalized learning and learning supported by technology. In addition to the certificate, West Virginia teachers may enroll in any of the five graduate-level APUS courses individually for professional development, which can be applied toward recertification. More information on the program is available on APUS’s website.

Health and wellness fair: Page Jackson Elementary School, in conjunction with WVU Hospitals-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital, will hold a family health and wellness fair on Saturday, April 21 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the school. The fair will include displays from local businesses and health professionals as well as health screenings. Families will have the opportunity to learn about services offered locally from medical, dental, fitness providers and others that have a health or wellness focus. Vendors spaces are currently still available and applications are being accepted. The vendor spaces are free to local businesses and health professionals that have a health, wellness and family focus in the community. For more information on vendor spaces or for details on the family health and wellness fair, call Arlene Fernandez-Anderson at WVUH-East Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 304-728-1707 or email One may also contact Page Jackson Elementary School at 304-728-9212.

New teacher training: College graduates with a four-year degree, but not in education, can obtain a substitute teaching certification by attending 12 hours of staff development provided by RESA 8 and then completing six hours of classroom observations. This certification will qualify for positions as substitute teachers in West Virginia. To learn more about RESA 8’s substitute teacher training and other educational programs in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, call 304-267-3595 or visit its website

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